For my first project in BME 416: Regulation of Medical Devices, I got to choose a specific medical device that I wanted to improve, then research existing patents to see what steps I would need to take to create my own, reinvented version of that chosen product. I chose to focus on soccer shin guards because I love soccer and wanted to see what patents for soccer equipment were already existent. I also thought that I could potentially come up with a way to add a piece to shin guards that could help prevent ankle or knee injury, since both ankle and knee injuries are very common in soccer.
One of everyone’s biggest concerns when coming to college is what to do when you graduate! Four years is a long time to devote to school, and making sure that it is all worthwhile is very important. Luckily, Viterbi has its own career services center which I have been fully utilize in the past few weeks!
After a great kick off we had to EWeek on Monday, I’m going to now talk about one of the coolest engineering projects I’ve taken part of since I’ve been at USC.
I mentioned in a previous post that the summer after my freshman year I got to intern in Sweden for a powder metals company. I got really involved in the projects there and I still keep updated with their progress!
Happy National Engineering Week, or better known around Viterbi as EWeek! This is one of the best weeks of the year with tons of activities throughout the week to celebrate the occasion. There was a carnival, talent show, quiz bowl, and tonight is Viterbi Ball! It truly is a great week here at Viterbi.
This past week has been a celebration of engineering in the annual E-Week! There are many advancing technologies in this current age, and like any other engineer, I am looking to contribute. Aside from the interesting labs in my Mechoptronics course, I have also gained valuable insight from working with the members of the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory both in machining and in design.
Happy E-Week! This week is all about celebrating engineering. I have loved learning about engineering so far, and can’t wait to continue my education in this diverse and challenging field. I’m constantly solving problems that can affect a lot of people. My favorite quote is that “Scientists discover the world that exists, engineers create the world that never was.”
This week is National Engineering Week. Therefore, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate engineering. I thought it would be appropriate to discuss some of the cool projects I have done in my petroleum engineering emphasis classes. Many of these projects give a valuable insight into the different sectors of petroleum engineering and what working in the field would be like.
The fall of my junior year, I took PTE 461 – Formation Evaluation. This class was all about methods for analyzing the subsurface geology to look for deposits of oil and gas. Therefore, for our final project, we were given a certain oilfield, and we had to analyze the subsurface geology through generated reports provided to us. Then, we had to present our findings and suggest if it is economically viable to drill in this oil field. It was an interesting project and gave a good glimpse into how to present technical information in a helpful and informative way, keeping in mind profit demands.
Zone Pay Analysis
The spring of my junior year, I took PTE 464 – Petroleum Reservoir Engineering. This class focused on the engineering behind getting the oil and gas out of the ground and up the well to the wellhead. Different topics included modeling reservoir systems, determining the amount of oil, gas, and water in a given reservoir, borehole dynamics, and modern techniques for production. To incorporate these different concepts, we had a final project at the end of the semester where we were given a reservoir of interest, and we needed to analyze various production methods for extracting the hydrocarbons from the reservoir and up to the wellhead. Different possible scenarios were based on injecting a certain amount of produced gas back into the reservoir to stimulate the production and increase the secondary recovery of hydrocarbons from the reservoir. We needed to compare which injection scenario yielded the highest recovery and greatest financial return. The results obtained from this project are displayed below.
Comparison of different injections methods
Summary and FInancial Analysis of different injection methods
FInally, this past semester, I took PTE 465 – Drilling Technology and Subsurface Methods. I really enjoyed this class, and even though it was on Tuesday nights, the professor kept the class entertaining and interesting. In this class, we learned about the engineering from the moment you decide where you want to drill a well to the moment you end drilling and completions. Topics included learning about the different parts of a drilling rig, drilling fluids, drilling hydraulics, drill bits, design of casing, cementing in the well, and various completion methods. To synthesize all these concepts, we had to write a drilling program for our final project, which essentially gives a layout of every step of the drilling process, including the following:
Listing all necessary services that will be needed during job
Listing all equipment, specifying parameters
Giving a description of each step, with exact specifications for drilling mud, drilling bits, casing, and cement.
Lay out a drilling schedule of how long each step should take
This project ended up being 27 pages long! I think doing this project, even though difficult, was really neat, because it gave a sense of how a real drilling program would be organized and written. Here are some pages out of my report:
Drilling Program Summary
Production Casing Cement Calculations
I really enjoyed my petroleum engineering classes, and doing these projects helped me get a sense of what working in the industry would be like, presenting professional reports that will dictate how oil drilling or production will be carried out. Also, taking the concepts from my PTE 461 and PTE 464 classes I took my junior year and being able to see how they carried over to the oil and gas industry at my one week experience at Schlumberger FIELD Camp was awesome. It was neat to be able to see how a real company puts these concepts into practice. You can read all about my experience at FIELD Camp here!
This week is National Engineers Week, which we love to celebrate at USC! We have a whole line up of EWeek festivities, including a kick off carnival Tuesday, Quiz Bowl, Talent Show on Wednesday, volunteering Friday morning and our very own Viterbi Ball Friday night! I love EWeek and look forward to it every year. It’s our time to celebrate engineering and engineering achievements, and have fun doing engineering activities and participating in fun engineering competitions. On Viterbi Voices, we’ll be blogging this week about the coolest engineering things we have done as students, and some fascinating engineering technology. Stay tuned!
The moment I truly felt like an engineer was this past summer interning at Boeing in El Segundo at the Satellite Development Center. After three years of studying engineering at USC, I saw in my time at Boeing how applicable my classes were to engineering in the real world.
When I was looking at schools, one of the things my dad, a Mechanical Engineer, said to me was “Engineering is engineering is engineering…you have to consider everything that comes with it.” What my dad meant by this was that an engineering education is pretty similar from school to school – classes and the building blocks you need to earn a BS in engineering are pretty consistent across the board. He meant that no matter which school I chose, I would have learned all of the technical skills necessary to succeed in the industry. What my dad was suggesting with his statement is that it isn’t just technical skills that matter – it’s the experiences that happen outside of the classroom, the people I would interact with, the professors I would learn from, the city I would live in, and the organizations I would become involved in.