After working so hard during this past week, I was definitely looking forward to the weekend. And to make things even better, I also received my first paycheck!
Before spilling all the details of my action-packed weekend, I’ll speak a little bit about my project at work. I have been assigned to work on a new pressure compensation system technology and face seal for the completions tool. So far, I’ve been working on understanding the theoretical part and writing code for a general mathematical model of the system. It’s pretty interesting stuff :)
So now, onto my weekend…
On Friday night, I went to salsa dancing House of Blues in Downtown Houston with a few other interns and their friends from the University of Houston. The place was packed with tons of people dancing to the performing live band. I have never been salsa/meringue dancing before, but totally caught on and fibbed my way the whole night. I danced the entire night and met lots of great dancers that could lead and teach me their moves. After the club closed at 2, we all went for late night Mexican food at a place called Taco Cabana, which apparently is the hot spot for after hour munchies.
Saturday was an amazing day. A couple of people in my work group and I were invited to spend the day at our manager’s lake house over in Livingston Lake; the lake is the second largest in Texas and was about an hour and a half north of Houston. I spent the entire day relaxing and bonding with my co-workers and enjoying the magnificent day by the water. My manager’s lake house (which he designed himself a decade ago) is both the perfect retreat and party pad. He had his own private lagoon that made his house more secluded from the other properties and also included a private beach, swimming spot, and dock for his boat and Sea-Doo.
Activities included: swimming/lounging in pool floats in the lagoon, barbecuing burgers/chicken fajitas, and taking long rides on the boat (including a sunset boat ride). In addition, I also experienced my first time “tubing” where you sit in an inner tube and are dragged along behind the boat along the lake. Tubing doesn’t sound extreme, but I was totally bouncing around like a rag doll and holding on for my dear life. The experience was a gradual progression from being fun, to being super scary—the waves started to get really big, and I really thought I was going to be tossed out of the tube.
My favorite part of the day was taking the Sea-Doo out onto the lake numerous times—I am officially addicted! I got to explore the lake and see all the nice houses people built around it. Even though I was zipping back and forth on the lake at 40 mph like a secret agent in movies, I found that being out on the lake with the Sea-Doo super relaxing since it was only me in such a huge lake.
On Sunday afternoon, I explored the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown with a new friend from work. There were so many galleries to see that ranged from ancient antiquities, European art and contemporary art. I especially enjoyed the special exhibitions of contemporary glass, and photography.
Now it’s back to work for me…hope y’all enjoy your week!
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.