I had a long day today–with final presentations for E/ME105, poster session and celebration dinner.
Our Honey Project Team worked really hard this past weekend to put together our final presentation, poster and 40 page final paper. It was really a team effort and the true culmination of these past few months for me.
All of the work I have done since June of this year has finally come to this, and it has been quite a journey. I prepared for the trip and traveled to Guatemala over the summer. Then brought the ideas to Caltech to continue designing and building a prototype this entire term.
The final presentations on all the projects were given earlier this afternoon, and we had a ton of people attend. A lot of people from the Caltech community, Caltech Today, Entrepreneurship Club, Pasadena Art Center, West Coast Angels, etc. It was a full house—people were standing inside the room for lack of seating!
Our group went first, and presented well. I think we were beyond having
nerves since we have been working so closely for the past months that
we know the project inside and out. The other projects also did really
well–I was truly impressed by what the other groups accomplished
(especially after seeing the work progress from the time we spent in
Guatemala to this point). Other projects included: Portable water
filtration system, Ergonomic tips for crutches, Child walkers for
rehabilitation, Hand-held electric power generating flashlight,
Fuel-efficient kiln for brick-making, Shoe design. After the presentations, we had a
poster session, and then a celebration dinner at Hamburger Hamlet!
Here are pictures taken from the poster session…..
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.