The aircraft of today is Beechcraft Baron which is a light, twin-engined piston aircraft developed by Beechcraft. The Baron is a variant of the Travel Air, and was introduced in 1961. It is a civil utility aircraft, manufactured by Beechcraft, introduced in 1961 and still in production.
For anyone who doesn’t know, this year is the 150th meeting for our big football rivalry match against Lafayette. It’s usually a big deal, but this year it’s especially big. The game is going to be held at Yankee stadium November 22nd and will be broadcasted on CBS Sports network. Each school gets to make a 30 commercial that’ll play on the day of the game and the Steel Bridge Club was asked to participate. I and a few other member of the team were lucky enough to be free during the time of the shoot so we get to be in it. I’m not sure on the specifics of what the commercial will be or what my role in it will be but after tomorrow I’ll know. Updates to come!!!
So! For any of you who know me personally, you’ll be quite aware that I make costumes. A lot. Favorite hobby: make costumes. Lots of costumes. Anyway, I’ve finally, officially decided to go ahead with a dual degree–a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in theater (with, obviously, a concentration on the technical side of it). Also, shameless little self-promotion here: my costume blog! Anyway. The dual-degree thing will be a five-year run, and I’m finally starting to feel like I can relax about it. I’m not declaring it yet because there’s a lot of paperwork and the second run of exams are coming up, but hey, no rush.
Also, has anyone checked out the markdown racks in the Lehigh Bookstore Starbucks/snack shop? There’s packets of pop rocks and mints and stuff for, like, $0.50. (Needless to say, I bought at least six of them.) If you need a quick pick-me-up, stop by–it’s in the back of the snack shop area with a little sign saying half-off or something like that.
AND! FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT YET AWARE: Janet Mock and Ryan Sallans are going to be on campus TOMORROW! They’re both prominent transgender activists and have both written books on being transgender; they’re giving talks on their books and trans topics tomorrow in Packard 101 at 7pm. Here’s the flyer:
And I mentioned the ’20s music, right? Well, I found this new band called Postmodern Jukebox–they do “vintage” re-imaginings and covers of popular songs. And, the guy who arranges a lot of their music? His name’s Scott Bradlee, and he also does piano covers and mashups that are awesome. My favorite is a mashup of Lithium by Nirvana and Titanium by David Guetta. And here’s a remake of Fancy in 1920s style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzPGzGUNZbs&list=UUORIeT1hk6tYBuntEXsguLg
All right, that’s all I’ve got. Keep moving forward, y’all!
I have already mentioned in my previous posts that this semester is more project based than any semester before. What is great in all of this is that some projects are group projects. I think that group projects are very useful, because in the future, once we get to the industry we will have to work with a lot of other engineers and make the right decisions based on discussions. During group project process there were some arguments and difficulties over whose answer was right and whose solution made more sense, but we always managed to come to a consensus which is what matters. The way these projects are different from my previous ones is that it is much more like real life engineering and statistics are all taken from real experiments. Consequently, while working on the projects I feel like I am solving something challenging and important.
Also, in the process of doing all these projects we get to learn new software like Simulink, LabVIEW, SolidWorks etc. so it all leads to acquiring more knowledge and experience with this software so that we can apply it in our future jobs. I also get to find out some interesting facts like Simulink and LabVIEW are pretty much interchangeable programs however they can both be used better in certain situations.
The summer in between Sophomore and Junior year is a very important time period. Most students use this time to gain experience through either study abroad or internships. I’m torn between the two, but what’s really stressful is that applications for internships and study abroad are due way in advance. So you really have to decide what you want to do by the end of fall semester. A friend of mine told me about this info session he’s going to later this week for international internships. For anyone who doesn’t know, Lehigh has a program where students can have international internships overseas for free. While these internships don’t pay and don’t offer any transferable credit, they do give you a once in a lifetime experience for no cost at all. I looked through the list of internships and one caught my eye. Its a six-week trip to China to the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China where you are paired with a professor from the school and put into small groups. You then do a research project of whatever interests you. It’s a great program because you gain both international experience along with research experience. It’s a win-win!!!
This week, SASE, society of Asian scientists& engineers, had a Asian career fair in philly. There were a lot of great companies coming such as NASA, Boeing, Nissan, Shell, GE and so on. It was a great opportunity, some people got interviews, a few even got the offers. But most people got the website to apply online.
W. L. Gore and Associates is one of the more popular companies that has partnered with Lehigh University. Every year there are usually a handful of engineers that accept job offers from the company. This past Wednesday I attended an info session held by Lehigh alums that currently work at Gore. For those of you that don’t know, Gore makes a variety of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) products but are most famous for their water-proof, breathable Gore-Tex fabric that’s popular in outdoor equipment and coats and jackets. At first I was skeptical about the kind of work a mechanical engineer would do at a company like Gore, which seemed to me like a place where material scientists and chemical engineers would be in the limelight. As it turns out, Gore hires a lot of mechanical engineers and they work on all sorts of projects. They range from product design to product development and manufacturing and more.
Leaving the very casual info session I really liked the company. What I liked most was the culture and work environment at Gore. Gore is special in that there is no corporate hierarchy like in most other companies. In every other company there are specified levels of rank in the work force, jr. engineers, sr. engineers, managers, vice presidents, etc. and that comes with bureaucratic barriers set in place on communication. At Gore every employee has the same title, Associate. You dont have to talk to you supervisor who then talks to his supervisor to talk to someone else, you just walk up to them and ask them yourself. This level playing field I find very unique and inviting. Another aspect of Gore I really liked was how the work was organized. Each person is part of specific teams that work on specific projects, usually working on improving a current product or making a new one etc. By talking with other workers one can easily pause work for one project and help another team if time constraints allow. I like this because it means that you wouldn’t always be bogged down with the same job every day.
In terms of internships Gore offers a lot of positions to college students. I asked when in a students college career they intern at Gore and I was told that students usually intern the summer in between sophomore/junior and also junior/senior. Some time in November they’ll be returning to campus for another information session focused on internships. I’ll probably go to that as well so stay tuned for updates.