Hard to believe, but this semester is almost over! It feels like Junior year just started, and pretty soon it’s going to be my final year at USC (cue sad violin music). But before senior year starts I have the summer to worry about!
After weighing my options for summer internships and job opportunities I decided to accept my research professor’s offer to work full time in the shockwave lab. Our project using biomimicry to create a better helmet for military applications is in full swing, and this summer will likely be filled with finalizing the project and tons of experimental testing. Also, I’m hoping that we’ll get enough data over the summer to get a paper written so that I can become a published engineering author before I even graduate. I’ve been working hard these past few weeks to machine custom parts for the experimental apparatus, so I’m excited to see the fruits of my labor!
Before I start work however, I’ll be going to South Korea with the iPodia class to meet with students from KAIST University in Seoul Korea, Peking University in China, Technion University in Israel, and Achen University in Germany, all of whom are taking the course with us online via USC’s DEN (Distance Education Network). I’ve never been to an Asian country before, so I’m especially excited to be a part of this awesome trip. Vlad, Kat, Cassandra, Zach, and Lyssa will all be going as well, so I know it’s going to be an amazing time!