I am back in San Diego for winter break–three weeks of relaxing and celebrating the holidays! But don’t worry—I will continue to blog…
I was at JPL for half a day on Tuesday and then hurried to LA to catch the Amtrak to get home for my sister’s concert. I ALMOST missed the train home…since there was some unexpected delay I had with the Gold Line (the Metro going from Pasadena to LA) and picking up my ticket at the train station. I was SOO stressed out…since the next train out to San Diego was two hours later and I would have been late to the concert….but it’s OK cause I was able to get onto the train at the last minute.
I have been taking the train between LA and SD since my sophomore year. It’s so convenient and such an enjoyable ride (esp during the day when you can see the coast for half of the ride). It takes about 2 hours and only costs me about $20 one way. I have also signed up for the rewards program—so every 4-5 trips one way trips or so…I get free!
I conked out on half of the train ride since I was so tired (and have been fighting a cold/sore throat since the weekend)..but woke up just in time to see the surf.
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.