Last week, I received an e-mail at work from a Caltech alum that works here at Schlumberger!Her name is Kamalah Chang, class of 2005 in Mechanical Engineering,who was a member of Ruddock House. She has been working at Schlumberger since she graduated (so about 4 years now) and is originally from Northern California.
On Monday, Kamalah took Stassy and I out for a Texas BBQ lunch at Joe’s. It was great to just pick her brain about her experience with the company, relocating to Houston and life after graduating Caltech. Even though I had just met Kamalah, I felt like I had known her for longer–having Caltech in common definitely gave us a ton of things to talk about and relate to. We asked her about her transition to Schlumberger, and she asked us if a certain quirky professor was still teaching.
When asked what she missed most about California, Kamlah said “The mountains! Everything in Texas is so FLAT!”
When we asked her about what she liked most about working at Schlumberger, she said “You get to work hands-on with interesting projects, and you get to see the entire process through…from the design and testing to manufacturing and implementation.”–Kamalah referred to the fact that in some other companies/jobs, an engineer does a selected task for many different projects and doesn’t really see the end result or how it might be relevant.
And her take on her Caltech education?–she said she wouldn’t trade anything for the amazing memories from Tech…and what she learned there definitely prepared her to handle anything she was thrown here at Schlumberger as a design engineer.
All in all, it was nice to talk to someone that has been right where I am at this moment…not to mention, the Texas BBQ was yummy as usual!
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.