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!
Hard to believe it’s already Midterm season for my last semester of college! Time is flying by, and I don’t know if I’m ready to leave the beautiful USC campus!
Hi everyone! As you know from reading our blog posts last week, we love EWeek at USC and we had such a fun week celebrating engineering with the kick-off carnival, talent show, minute to win it, bionic pig race, discover engineering service day, and of course Viterbi Ball on Friday night. I know my friends in other schools at USC were jealous of all our fun activities!
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.”
Hey guys! Happy E-Week!
I realized it’s been while since I gave you guys and update on my research, so in honor of this week I’m going to blog about my on-campus engineering research on computational modeling of cancer cell movement.
I’ve blogged about this topic a few times in the past (check out the reasons I love doing research here), but this semester I’m working on a new project. The graduate student I’m working with now is interested in applying network theory and to the spread of cancer in the body with epidemic models. I’m just getting started on the project, but I already think it’s really neat. If you don’t know much about compartmental models in epidemiology it’s really interesting and totally worth at least reading about on Wikipedia. I’ve already learned a lot and I’m hoping to continue learning more throughout the semester.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Lab meeting today discussing applications of network theory and epidemiology to a mathematical model of cancer metastasis <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ViterbiResearch&src=hash”>#ViterbiResearch</a></p>— Juliana Porter (@juliana_porter) <a href=”https://twitter.com/juliana_porter/statuses/429069667173285888″>January 31, 2014</a></blockquote>
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For now I’m mostly doing background research but I’m also working through programs in MATLAB to understand how my mentor is approaching the project and what I will be able to do to help.
Outside of research things have been pretty crazy lately – so many fun things going on. More on that another time though.
Have a great week!
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.
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.
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:
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:
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!
Every spring semester, towards the end of February, USC’s entire Viterbi school of engineering comes together to celebrate engineering in a spectacular week-long celebration known as E-Week. In honor of E-Week, I would like to celebrate my own achievements, and neat research, in the engineering world, particularly a research project I just started working on this semester. Over the past several weeks, I have been lost in a virtual world, a world my research team created!