March 9 was a big day for our campus; we had two very important and exciting events that occurred: The 25th annual ME 72 Design Competition and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Schlinger Laboratory.
This year’s ME 72 Design Competition was entitled: “Revenge of the Hindenburg.” Back in October, students enrolled in the ME 72 class were given a “bag of junk” and the task: to design and build airships and robots to maneuver a specific obstacle course (shooting and gathering ping pong balls, and moving through a hoop 15 ft above the ground). They were given 20 weeks for the task to build robots to compete in a “Robot Wars”-like event. People from the Caltech community came to the Brown Gym to cheer on the different teams. Team Up, consisting of senior Robbie Paolini and juniors Long Nguyen and
Paul Suffoletta took home the win :) Congrats guys!
Picture from Pasadena Star News:
In other news, the new Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Building had its ribbon cutting ceremony. The new building is finally complete and is getting ready for labs to move in–Hooray!
Here are a few pictures I took of the new Schlinger Lab:
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.