Class of 2015: Reona Toney

Reona Toney, '15

Kennesaw State grad will be making magic after graduation  KENNESAW, Ga.  (July 31, 2015…

Georgia (Jul 31, 2015)Kennesaw State grad will be making magic after graduation 

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (July 31, 2015) — Reona Toney’s dreams are coming true.

“When I was about 16, my mom and sister noticed how much I was interested in machines and I was always pulling apart clocks and radios to see how they worked,” said Toney, 29. Her interest in all things mechanical led her to earn her degree in mechanical engineering technology. 

Toney will graduate Aug. 1 from Kennesaw State and then head to California to work at one of the happiest places on Earth – The Walt Disney Company. 

As a Disney Imagineer, she will be an associate in animation production, where she’ll focus her work on 3D printing, fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) mold fabrication and surface modeling in Solidworks, a 3D printing software, for animatronic figures.

Toney first experienced the magic when she interned with Disney Imagineering last fall.  She worked on animatronic figures and sets for the rides in the theme parks.

“The engineering principles are the same – except with a dash of imagination – creating things you never thought were possible,” she said about her past internship.  “I loved working on the shop floor and getting my hands dirty making FRP molds.”

During her time on campus, Toney gave tours during orientation for new students and was a part of the University’s 3D Center shortly after its opening. 

“Reona started in the lab as a volunteer in 2013. She came in on her own time for a semester, prior to receiving work study, because of her interest in the technology,” said Randy Emert, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology and director of the 3D Center in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

Toney gave several presentations and attended events around Cobb County to introduce the community to the benefits of 3D printing. Her work also was presented at the Polytechnic Summit in Boston in 2014, and at the RAPID 2014, the largest 3D printing and 3D scanning conference in the world.

She was a lead instructor for the 3D printing and engineering camp for middle school and high school students at the Marietta Campus during the summer, and developed new curriculum based on her Disney internship experience.

“Working in the 3D Center has definitely helped enhance my love for 3D printing and being able to work on special projects was a great experience,” said Toney, who currently lives in Lawrenceville until her move to California to work at Disney’s Imagineering division. 

According to Emert, Toney’s ability to work through challenging software and technical problems will serve her well in her career.

“The 3D Center has given her the technical skills to excel at Disney, but it’s her initiative, deep desire and willingness to take risks when it’s not convenient that will make her successful at Disney,” Emert said. 


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