I thought I’d briefly deliberate on this summer, as there has been no update since spring quarter…Per our last couple of posts, we are all in different places. I believe and trust Amy is thriving in Papua New Guinea. I’m slowly trying to come to a good stopping point for my summer research.
Because my campus summer housing contract ended last week, my best buddy Connor let me stay at his house. We’ve been getting a decent amount of work done (documenting summer research projects as well as looking at grad school applications) but most of our days are filled with ravenous eating and extensive napping…what can be more pleasant to the soul than these two pleasures of life, namely, eating and sleeping!
As for the rest of my summer, I spent it on campus doing summer research with my department chair. I was a bit concerned about working with this most respected figure in the Energy Resources Engineering field, but the guy actually turned out to be mad cool…My topic of interest was the optimal integration of renewable and fossil fuel-based energy resources, with a focus on powering a carbon capture process in a South African-based coal plant using direct solar heating. My motivation for this was to find a way to combine my two passions of energy studies as well as bringing sustainable development to the continent. We didn’t discover anything too exciting but I have come to a more hands-on understanding of two crucial elements in today modern world, namely, the optimization of processes and making decision under uncertainty.
This technical gibberish aside, I got a chance to spend a week in Winnipeg, Canada for my sister’s wedding. The event was phenomenal and I was most delighted to see my whole family at one place, something that rarely happens these days. I was most pleased to see my nieces and nephews run around but was much more so awed at their very stellar intelligence at such tender ages…as they say, kids these days are something else!
Looking forward, in two weeks time, I leave for a semester at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. I’m very excited to get back on the road…I’ll do my best to blog as much as possible while on the road, so stay turned.
All the best!