Saturday, August 17, 2013

Full Steam

Summer has come to pass. My internship here has also ended, amidst the chaos of the still-ongoing project and the warmth of the colleagues I've had. Nevertheless, the long nights are coming and there's no other way but to charge full steam ahead. 

Things to do while still in Malaysia:
  • Get textbooks 
  • Read up (even a little bit) about upcoming courses
    - AEM3031 Ch 1 & 2
  • Email lecturers about absence and ask for advice (4 classes) 
  • Prepare PTC co-op cover letter
  • Get Go-to pass 
  • Get phone number sorted out
  • Prepare for departure
  • Keep finding hotels for WSC
Things to do while preparing for WSC
  • Help out with packing, logistics, lodging plannings
  • CSE Career Fair 2013 - Target company : PTC Co-op (bro make sure you are prepared by then!)
  • Study study study
Things to do after WSC (Fall 2013)
  • Get a job that hopefully lasts through winter break - PTC Co-op > University jobs > Nova (last) 
  • Study study study, make up for lost time
  • Apply for JPL internship
  • Starting to do new solar car design 
  • USLI 2013-2014
Spring 2014
  • Keep working, you have no money
  • Summer intern targets : PTC, ANSYS, Spirit Aerosystems, Cirrus Design
  • USLI Rocket Competitions 
  • SVP Solar Car Design and Analysis, summer races
  • Find professors to do (part-time) summer research help
Summer 2014
  • Internships if available
  • SVP ASC & FSGP 2014
  • Work
  • Unpaid summer research

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wake me up when summer ends

It's kinda unbelievable that in the course of a few years, Facebook has literally replaced every other thing on Earth. Messaging friends, posting snippets of thoughts a.k.a. 'status updates', uploading pictures (although the resolution kinda sucks), not to mention many other portions of the Internet. We are actually good to go if the Internet consists of Facebook alone and no other website. However, the quick and easy status updates of Facebook can never replace the organized, well-thought-out and literary aspects of blogging.

And yeah, so. Here I am.

Summer 2013 is coming to an end swifter than I knew it. Being at work, it splits your sense of time up into chunks of weeks, with every weekend at work feeling like every evening when you're in college. Time has sped up 7 times for me this summer.

Yet, it has also been a largely fruitful summer. My interning in Malaysia this summer brought me lots of experience working in industry, experience with actual aerospace designing tools, and stress analysis applying the exact methods and formulas I learnt and brushed off after the finals in college. By far I enjoyed learning CAD (computer aided design) the most, although I am as of now kinda sick of the blue background of CATIA after facing it for the 5th week in a row. Here's a screenshot of CATIA, with an imaginary canoe turned light airplane.

While I'm here slaving over Flabels and CATIA though, the awesome people in my solar car team finished our 11th solar car - Daedalus! I was there for the most part of the shell building, but the mechanical innards of this pearly white beauty was largely built in the summer. Over the course of one year, we progressed from designing, to analysing parts, to actually building this guy. Looking back, it was one hell of a crazy ride - but the craziest is still yet to come. Isn't she a beauty? :D

To be honest, I wished with every single bone of my existence to join them in their building of the car parts - the rollcage, the chassis, everything. Seeing the car completed is so relieving, as it is also heartening. One of the times where I curse the planet for being a little too big and the planes for being too slow and too expensive. 

Oh well, what's done is done, and I really hope that this guy gets to Australia in one piece! Wish us luck for the race too!