Spring 2013 begins!

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This semester, I managed to score an awesome class schedule. The best part is I’m taking a tennis class with two of my best friends who are graduating this year—we had to take at least one class together before they left!

Im in three ISE classes, which are all very different from each other. ISE 470, Human and Computer Interface design, focuses on the techniques behind good interface design and how humans interact with computers. Our semester project is to create an outline for a computer product or system (like an app). This should be really fun because it’s a great chance to be creative and put my ISE skills to work. So far we’ve looked at several examples of great designs, like the new Lenovo tablet and a human-like robot developed at the University of Zurich.

 

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The new Lenovo tablet

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Roboy, which is scheduled to be finished in a few months!

Production Planning and Scheduling, ISE 140, is exactly what it sounds like: we’re learning how companies work behind the scenes as they deal with inventory management and supply chains. This is my favorite class this semester because the professor is AWESOME. He posts all his notes online, and all the quizzes and tests are open book and open note. He keeps his lectures interesting and relevant by using lots of real-life examples and facts.

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The size of an Amazon warehouse– their inventory is a little challenging to manage!

ISE 344 is Engineering Team Management, which teaches us how to manage diverse teams and deal with problems in the work environment. The discussions in this class really help prepare us for real-life job situations. I’m excited to apply what I learn here to my class projects and group homeworks.

Last is my really cool GE called Exploring Culture Through Film. Who doesn’t love watching movies? The professor for this class is very well-versed in anthropology, and we’re even reading one of her books as part of our course materials.

 

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We’re currently studying Margaret Mead’s work: Coming of Age in Samoa

Overall, I think it’s going to be an awesome semester! I have a solid balance of fun and difficult classes, and time left over for my extracurricular activities. I’ll keep you posted on how things go throughout the semester!

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