Research Rookies 2015-2016

March Update

 

Where did all the time go? It seems like just yesterday that I was just embarking on a rigorous adventure to conduct my research on the PHES. I’ve got to say that it has been a crazy ride from the beginning up to now. I have had to make multiple changes to the model I’ve been working on (a majority dealing with just 50% of a completed model). There have also been many walk backs to the drawing board when my ideas fail to bring results to the project. I am hoping to be finished with my research by the end of the month, but it looks like the analysis and results may take a bit longer. The plan now is to base the model off of a steady state time frame and just get idealistic results from that. To do this, I am going to look back at some of the previous model versions I created and look for what worked and what didn’t. I will then work off the working model and extend it towards an analysis ready situation. I look forward to presenting my poster at URAD this year.

Throughout the duration of this program, my idea of research has definitely changed. I used to think that research only factored in Chemistry and Biology type projects. Little did I know that research holds the same importance in Engineering. How do engineers go about developing new innovations? How do we put our ideas to work? Well that’s where research comes in so we can test out our ideas and create new things if they work. To research is to explore the unknown and turn a simple idea to a working solution. I believe that the Research Rookies Program has helped me to grow both as a student and as a professional in the real world. I have had many opportunities to improve my writing skills through proposal writing and networking skills through the different events and workshops that the program has held. I am also thankful for the opportunity to be a peer mentor towards other first-year research rookies because I enjoy helping others to get the best out of the program. I believe that by getting undergraduate research experience like this at an early stage in my college life, I will undoubtedly progress towards even greater heights in my future career in engineering. My goal is to continually work towards engineering a brighter future.

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