They say that time flies when you’re having fun, but this is ridiculous! I feel like I just showed up in Paris yesterday!
has a lot happened since I saw you guys last… Most notably I did the
huge Eurotrip that any American traveling this continent really must
do. Most people do tourism throughout this trip, but not me! Haha my
plan was a bit more complicated (and in my opinion, fulfilling!) than
So why did I scurry around Europe for 12 days? The
direction of my trip was motivated by several things, including
opportunities to see some of my favorite musical artists perform,
getting to know certain regions through the eyes of the people who live
there, meeting up with tons of my family members, and even finding beautiful places to relax and do a lot of nothing! :)
Highlights of my trip:
Brussels with my friend Didier from an online social networking site, CouchSurfing, in Brussels. Two weeks later, the couch I stayed on was featured on the evening news in Brussels and Didier was interviewed! :D
One of my favorite trance duos, Milk Inc. in Aarschot :)
My friend Stijn from CouchSurfing and his family; we’re standing in front of the oldest turret in Aarschot.
Me and my Brazilian friend Lysandra from Ecole Polytechnique. The Duomo cathedral is behind us.
Me and Mike di Scala, one of the most prolific Clubland artists in the UK. We’re on the Spanish island of Ibiza.
Me with Mike Lewis of N-Trance and DJ Manian of Cascada. Cascada recently came out with Evacuate the Dance Floor, which was the top selling single in the UK for more than two weeks. We three are in Ibiza.
Me in front of the Ibiza airport.
Famiglia in Italia: about 40 of my relatives had a reunion because I visited them in northern Italy :)
At Livignio (tucked away in the Italian/Swiss Alps) with my cousins Mattia and Alessandro :)
With family at Bellagio on Lake Como.
But about two weeks ago I got back to Ecole Polytechnique, and since then I have been wrapping up my project. And BAM is it working well :) The paper I am writing that explains the methodology behind our topology optimization algorithm
as well as acts a basic kind of user’s guide is almost finished; all
that is really left is adding graphics of some of our resulting structures and doing some proof reading. Check out our optimal bridge:
Anyways, I’ll soon give you a taste of how my last two Parisian weeks went as well some more cool examples of topology optimization of linearly elastic structures :)
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.