Canada Here I Come...

04.06.2009"Work in the Motoman lab, and school have been going well, but a break is always appreciated. Even on break there's always something that could be finalized or started and it comes as no surprise that I have some projects that fall in both categories. I have three in total: two for my CPS 350 class and I have to finalize a MatLab project I've started. The MatLab program is very interesting. It's an investigation of control systems. Basically, we are learning how to control open systems and make them operate in desirable ways, using MatLab. So for break, while I'm at home, I'll be working on these projects.

Seems like most people are going home for break, but my home being so close to campus has motivated me to travel outside my comfort zone. So for break my roommate and I are going to Windsor, Canada. There's no real plan, other than having lots of safe fun and trying to experience as much of Canada as humanly possible. We plan on waking up early and going to bed late to ensure our time there is well spent. Our feeling is that we can sleep at UD. This is the first of many international trips I plan to take. After meeting some of the international students from Taiwan, this summer, and some from Japan, this school year, I plan on traveling to Asia to see what life is like over there. Through the various conversation's we had, the international students really got me interested in how the rest of the world lives. But before I go, I need to make it through the rest of this school year and this summer.

This summer I'll be returning to Northrop Grumman. Last year was a learning year for me. I had to get all the paperwork in order and I also got to experience a lot of interesting technologies. I was watching a show on the Science Channel last night called Brink, and they were talking about Northrop Grumman winning a $28 million contract to develop a new type of helmet for soldiers. They will be making this helmet at the direction of the DARPA division of the Pentagon. This is no ordinary helmet of course; it can detect when a soldier is about to make a mistake. Somehow, based on the interaction of different parts of the brain, they can detect when a soldier is about to screw up. It's really interesting how the company I'm interning for this summer is doing some cutting edge work. Though I might not be working on this specifically, I can still boast proudly about what ""my"" company is doing. On the same show I saw some robots in the background wielding, bending, and lifting heavy components with the Motoman label on them. I can take pride in being able to say I do research on those robots in Kettering Labs, here at UD. Though it's been a bumpy ride so far, due to some of public safety and residential education, I feel I'm very fortunate in my experiences as an undergrad, thus far, at UD.

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