This internship has allowed me to go through the entire process of engineering design and manufacturing. I was able to learn computer aided design (SolidWorks) software to come up with a new and improved model of a device that will benefit biological research. I then took this concept from model to fabrication by learning several machining tools and techniques. Finally, I was exposed to building circuits and had a go at programming the device for movement. The INSET program also taught me how to give scientific presentations, a valuable communication tool for any field. These are valuable tools and experiences to have in the field I would am pursuing as a mechanical engineer with an emphasis in aerospace.
I applaud the INSET team for allowing the interns the most out this experience by going the extra mile of coordinating get-togethers with people with very similar life paths. Speaking to many like minded people gives comfort to me and my life endeavors. Thanks, guys!
Finally, I couldn’t have asked for a better Lab. The Valentine Lab is just filled with so many down to earth, smart people! On top of that, I couldn’t have asked for better roommates. I can’t believe this summer is almost over, but the friendships are definitely not.