Last Friday was Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED)
hosted by the Caltech Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The name is pretty
self-explanatory, but we basically introduce high school girls to what
engineering and science is like through lab tours, demonstrations, design
contest, and more. As historian, I took photos during the design contest, in
which the girls were given some materials to construct a structure that could
hold to most weight (books). I think the girls had fun and hopefully some of
them will put some serious thought into becoming scientists or engineers
So this past weekend, we played against Biola on Saturday
and Arizona Christian University on Sunday. We won 7-2 for both matches. The
women’s tennis team is off to a good start undefeated (3-0) so far. Our next
match will be our first SCIAC match of the season against Cal Lu this Friday.
Wish us luck? It’ll be a tight match.
There were a ton of birthdays this past weekend. Avery has a
email list dedicated towards special events, which you can request to take the
“special” person off and plan surprises for them. Thus, there was lots of cake,
sweets, and card signings this past weekend.
It was Jessica’s 21st birthday this past weekend,
so a small group of us surprised her by kidnapping her from her problem sets
and taking her out for dinner. We went to Golden Deli, which is a typical
Vietnamese restaurant and has delicious pho. We visited D’ ange Bakery
afterwards to get her some egg tarts. It’s been a busy weekend, so it was nice
to take a break from Caltech and catch up with these girls.
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.