Despite having work, my last two days in Paris were awesome.
I was leaving early Wednesday morning, so Monday and Tuesday night were the last nights to really enjoy friends and the city before taking off.
Well it was coming down to my last day in France!!!! It was a hectic day, filled with me scrambling around, working on my project a bit, getting required signatures for checkout, etc.
I finally said farewell to my mentor! It was so sad to realize that the personal interaction was over! We discussed the project a bit, and what we had to finish up (it proves to not be that much). I said bye and that was it! Done with math in France! The paper will be completed very soon after I get back, and I also plan on writing my program in Matlab in order to make it more widely distributable.
That night I just began to pack and clean up. Finally, later in the evening, all my Ecole Polytechnique friends came to wish me farewell, so we had a little party :) I’m gonna miss that group!
I’m gonna miss these kids!
Anyway, that night I got no sleep (I was busy packing/cleaning/preparing for my huge voyage). Thanks to my friends Lee and Mario for helping me carry my stuff to the train station! I had so many bags! Somehow, despite the fact that I bought more stuff in Europe, I must have been much more efficient with my packing in comparison to when I left the states because I fit everything quite easily in my bags and even had space to spare!
I left Ecole Polytechnique at 7 AM Paris time. I traveled a long time, from Paris to Montreal to Vancouver to Los Angeles. I got to Caltech around 9 AM Paris time, the next day. That means I was traveling for 26 hours, on no sleep the night before! But no problem, Caltech will prepare you for this kind of thing! ;-)
Anyway, it seems as though this blog is coming to an end. I’m a bit sad to end it because it’s very much a symbol that continues to tie me to my research experience and exciting adventures throughout Europe this summer. However, I had to leave France, and now I have to leave you! I hope you all the best in whatever adventures you guys have! Please never hesitate to get to know me at Caltech! I hope my blog was as fun for you as this summer was for me!
–Anton Mario Bongio KarrmanApplied and Computational MathematicsCaltech ‘11
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.