This term, my weekends are almost as busy and hectic as my weekdays. Despite the fact that I have 2 homework sets due on Mondays, I also have group meetings, dance classes and of course, can’t forget the fun stuff!–it’s the weekend after all.
I kicked off this past weekend by going out into Los Angeles to celebrate one of my friend’s birthdays on Saturday. We went to a bunch of different places throughout the night, but my favorite was hanging out by the gorgeous pool at the luxury hotel, Viceroy in Santa Monica. All in all, it was nice to get dressed up and go out on the town with new and old friends.
On Sunday–it was back to work. I woke up early to go to ballet class and then went straight to a meeting for E/ME 105. At this meeting we discussed different design possibilities for the centrifuge. We all came with a few sketches with new ideas and concepts and just passed them around. We also had to plan out our separate roles for the midterm, which will comprise of a group paper and group presentation on the work we’ve done so far. I have been assigned to focus on the certain risk and failure analysis factors that could affect the success of the product.
We had a few technical issues in the beginning as we set up skype to video conference with our Guatemala partners. But we ended up figuring it out (I mean, we’re Techers after all!) and it was as if they were sitting right there with us during the meeting. We got a ton done in terms of figuring out different options for redesign–we definitely have our work cut out for us!
A few hours later, and after 3 cups of coffee, I met my study group in the library to work on my Control Theory set and my Econometrics Set. All the study rooms were taken in the Sherman Fairchild Library (that’s where my E/ME 105 group meeting was) so we had to work in the basement of Dabney Library. That night was epic–stayed up till 4am to complete the econometrics set, and then ended up working the next day from noon till 5pm on the control theory set. But the good thing is having a fun study group that cracks jokes throughout the night and you can collaborate with.
Anyway, even though all my sets were due earlier this week on Monday–I have a ton to do for the rest of the week also! Including an interview with a defense technology and homeland security company this afternoon!
Wish my luck!
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.