April 4th, 2007

Fiona and me in the snow

expounding on internship interestingness and how it relates to publicy, other things

Well, today was quite interesting to say the least. Had good institute classes and a good lunch as I usually do on a Wednesday. My favorite class continues to be church history where we talk about the history of the Mormon people and faith. It can, and often is, depressing, and today wasn't any different as we talked about "the decade of persecution", between about 1875 and 1885. Makes me glad that I don't have to worry about martials coming around and threatening to kill me because of my faith.

This afternoon, in my daily meeting with my research advisor, we tried to size things up for possible autocadding and then burning to plexiglass soon. Tomorrow, we'll travel to the Vislab again to talk to them about how they need to draw out the templates on the computer. Once the drawings are done, we can varify them, and then slap a piece of plexi into the machine and out will come cut templates ready to help me design sweet looking chemical plants (almost typed chemical pants, woops).
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In other neat news, Dr. Beitle has been working on a proposal to NSF which would create a program where one could get a P.H.D. in Chemical Engineering, and also get a certificate in public policy. If I don't have a job by the time that funding comes in, this might be a really neat idea. The issue I've had with Chem E and a PHD is that most people who get a P.H.D. work in R&D (in a lab), and this isn't something I really want to do. The Public policy certificate would align me with organizations like the NSF, who require PHDs for jobs there, and who like public policy people as well. It would just allow me to open up some doors, so that might be cool. I'd also have the neat??? opportunity to intern at a senator or representative's office, and since I'd be a PHD student, perhaps I wouldn't be stuck licking envelopes all the time. I'm still going to look for jobs though, and if I get a smokin one, I'm there. Otherwise, if this goes through, I'd definitely be happy to stay in Fayetteville.

Once I get back from the internship, I'll try to get my thesis done and defended, and then I'll graduate, hopefully in August. I'm planning on living in Fayetteville while I search for a job. I have connections with emergency services, and I may work for a 911 call center (very cool), or as a dispatcher in the interim. Would definitely make for interesting writing. None of this (job after graduating) stuff is worked out yet, so don't get your hopes up for entries about heart attack people I had to deal with yet.

I've got laundry to do tonight which I'm not looking forward to, but one must do things that one does not necessarily like doing, right?
More soon.

pain and agony day at the dental surgeon = t pain minus 1.5 days. :( :( :(