Happy Friday everyone!
I had a fairly hectic first week of term…I prepared all week for an all day off campus interview I had on Thursday. I met with about 6 different managers of a department and gave a 45 minute technical presentation to the group on some work I had done during one of my internships. The day started at 8am and ended around 5pm….I definitely crashed as soon as I got back to Tech!
Earlier this week, I also went up to JPL to work on my thesis (which I will be doing for two mornings of the week). I worked in the balloon lab since it had a huge table where I could lay out all my materials for some pattern cutting.
I spent about 2 hours cutting up stainless steel sheets and high temperature fabric to wrap the insulation for more testing in the oven. It wasn’t too hard, though I got a few nicks on my hands from the steel, and was feeling a bit sore in my hands after all that cutting. But all of us Techers know that that’s the price we all pay for getting our research :)
I also did some work with the drill press…
The morning flew by–and before I knew it, I left JPL and headed back to Tech in time to catch my one afternoon class.
So, that’s all for now….I gotta get working on sending my thank you emails to all of my interviewers from yesterday…hope you guys have a great weekend!
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.