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Paper to Prototype

and feeling good! It’s so great to be home for a few days to see my family, relax and sleep in my own bed before going back to conquer the last week of classes and finals.

The Solana Beach Train Station in San Diego
When I get back this Sunday, our Guatemalan partners will be in Los Angeles! I am so excited to see all of them (it’s been a few months since I saw them when I visited Guatemala this past summer) so we can get started working on the final project and presentation together. Sophy and Chepo have been doing an amazing job putting the final design of the centrifuge together and bringing it to life! It’s so surreal to see pictures of it progressing, when a few weeks ago, it was just a hand sketch drawing on paper.

It looks so cool, doesn’t it?!?

Unfortunately, the centrifuge will not be traveling with Chepo and Sophy to Los Angeles…But they will bring lots of pictures, videos and experiences to share with us to make our final presentation complete.

Until then..I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday as much as I am!

Dannah Almasco ’10

Mechanical Engineering and Business, Economics & Management, Class of 2010

Dannah is a senior in Fleming House, originally from San Diego, CA. She is a tour guide, a student reader for the freshman admissions committee, and a food critic for the campus newspaper. A member of the Caltech Dance Troupe, Dannah also practices yoga and aerobics. After graduating from Caltech, Dannah plans to enter the work industry; she has worked at the Caltech Biological Imaging Center and has had internships with Boeing in Los Angeles and Schlumberger in Houston, TX (see previous Caltech blog, “Adventures in Internships”). Her second blog “Class in Session: E/ME 105” discussed her experience in an engineering course that involved designing for (and traveling to!) the developing world of Guatemala. Read her latest blog: “Sweet Life of a Second Term Senior” to see how she keeps busy with her senior thesis and extracurricular activities.