The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was a couple of weeks ago, and maybe even some of the readers came out here to LA for that! My brother, Jason, was one of the lucky ones this year, and I was even luckier in that respect because I got to see him while he was here. ISEF kept him pretty busy during the week, but I had him all to myself the Saturday afternoon before. :D
My uncle also lives pretty close by, so he took us to all these great food places in the area. After a quick tour of Avery and introducing him to some of my friends, we headed to Shin-Sen-Gumifor some legit traditional Japanese down-to-earth good-for-the-soul ramen.
Now, I’ve spent some years living in Japan–Jason was even born in Japan–so ramen is how we do.
At Shin-Sen-Gumi (and a lot of really good ramen places here), you start with the basic bowl of ramen and choose how you want to personalize it. You can choose anything from adding any of the many toppings available–they even have bacon!–to varying the oil level or noodle softness.
It was absolutely delicious, and I highly recommend going if you’re ever in the area! They’re also pretty traditional in other aspects–just like a Japanese restaurant, they greet you with an enthusiastic “Irasshaimase!”and send you off full and rotund and content with a cheerful “Arigato Gozaimasu!”
Let's just say it was a great weekend. Food is always something to look forward to on the weekends; Caltech doesn't offer board on weekends, so it forces me to get out there and see what I can find. There are so many local places with wholesome, good food around here that four years seems too short to explore it all--especially when I can't resist going back to places I really like. Here's to my best attempt. (:
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.