And the Grammy goes to…
Pitt State senior makes bottle openers for Grammys goody-bags
Kelsea Renz | managing editor
Students in the Engineering Technology Department are making preparations for senior projects and one such student is finishing the project of a lifetime…outside of class.
Tyler Dietzschold, senior in manufacturing engineering technology, designed, created and shipped 200 bottle openers bearing the Grammy logo on one side and the Pitt State split face on the other, for the 2014 Grammy Awards show.
“I decided to take this on because it’s not something you get to do every day,” Dietzschold said. “It’s kind of a cool project.”
The bottle openers will go in gift bags in the gifting suite where various artists promote their products to celebrities.
Rachel Ropp, whose husband graduated from Pitt State, was given the opportunity to put something in the goody bags after she was invited to have a booth at the Grammy Awards vendors exhibit.
Ropp says she was unsure what to do, but knew Pitt State’s engineering technology could think of something.
“Ropp called (Pitt’s American Foundry’s Society group) about a month before the end of the semester and asked us to make her something for the Grammys,” Dietzschold said.
He added that Ropp wanted the product to reflect on her company’s ideals, as well as Pitt State.
“Her company, Revamp & Revive, takes old materials and make them new again,” said Russ Rosmait, professor of engineering technology, “so we used 100 percent recycled aluminum.”
Rosmait was initially against taking on the project because of time constraints.
Both Rosmait and Dietzschold say that in industry, a project like this normally takes around three months to ensure everything is well done.
“We had to downsize to one month,” Dietzschold said.
Dietzschold had to hone in his time management and leadership skills by organizing a small group; junior Kyle Ragan and seniors Josh McLennan and Mike Alldritt, Dec. graduate Matt Deters and Jacob Lehman, assistant professor of engineering technology, to help finish the project on time.
“Tyler really stepped up and led this project well,” Rosmait said. “He had to get people involved and enthused to work outside of school.”
Although Dietzschold’s name will not go with the openers at the awards show, he finds the project rewarding.
“It’s a good resume builder,” Dietzschold said. “And it’s fun to say I made something for the Grammys.”