>> p = [5,4,2,3,9,8,1,6,7]
5 4 2 3 9 8 1 6 7
>> x = plot(p)
>> title(‘This is a plot.’)
>> xlabel(‘This is the x axis.’)
>> ylabel(‘This is the y axis.’)
>> set(x, ‘Color’, ‘red’)
>> title(‘Oh look, I can change the color of the line, too.’)
>> title(‘Hah! I can plot in Matlab. >:D’)
And thus begin my adventures in Matlab.
I sit on my couch eagerly waiting for my textbook to ship. “MATLAB: For Scientists and Engineers” is its title. I ordered it on Tuesday, so hopefully it’ll get here before I go back for research starting on Monday!
So far, I’ve had two restful weeks of summer vacation. Has it gone by too quickly? I’m not sure, but I’ve been catching up on plenty of sleep and I feel all refreshed to go back! I’m very excited to begin researching pollen with the Chemical Engineering department, so I’ve been looking forward to research more than ever!
Apparently, we chemical engineers love to model things. Ranging from nanotubes in the Materials track, biomolecules in the (guess what?) Biomolecular track, reactions in the Process track, to atmospheric particles in the Environment track, modeling becomes second nature by the time we leave campus.
My name is Kayane. I am a freshman chemical engineer, and I am ready to conquer the modeling world.
My target is pollen.
As soon as my textbook arrives, I will eagerly devote my time to absorbing all the information I can from it. If I succeed, there will be no obstacle too difficult for me in my quest to conquer pollen and its modeling challenges -I am going pollen hunting!
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.