For my first project with Tethys, I was connected with an entrepreneur who wanted a 3D Solidworks model that he could present to potential investors for his innovative fire fighting water tower. Working on this project benefited me in a variety of ways. Firstly, it gave me the opportunity to apply the knowledge I learned in class to a real, significant project. It also forced me to deal with a variety of issues that accompany most projects, improving my communication and planning skills.
After a few iterations, I produced a final model that demonstrated the novelty of the customer's design. Looking back, this project was a great learning experience whose end product was actually useful. For any interested party, I would whole heartedly recommend Tethys. As a student, it is a great opportunity to develop or refine technical skills that are essential in growing as a budding engineer. It is also a great way to earn some extra money working from the comfort of your home/dorm. For businesses, those tasks that are beneath full time engineers can be valuable practical learning experiences for engineering students. Tethys helps to bridge the gap between the theoretical knowledge that a student learns at school and the practical know-how that is required to become a successful engineer.