Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Today, I came in late again due to soccer practice in the morning, and left early for the second practice (double sessions). It worked out okay though because all I had left to do was the finishing touches on my presentation and give it to Joe Pow. The only bad thing is that I only was there about 5 hours. So imaging science class final exam tomorrow and then practicing presentations. Should be another fun-filled adventurous day.
Today, I had the Imaging Science class in the morning. It was the last class which is pretty exciting. Sitting through a 3 hour class is not fun. I'll take my 42 minute high school classes anyday. Today though we did not really sit down much. We got to do an activity where we made holograms. Mine sort of worked but I saw other people who had better ones. In the afternoon I finished up my power point presentation.
Today I came in late because soccer for school started. When I got here though, all I did was pretty much work on my power point and presentation. Overall, it was a rather uneventful day. We can not really work in the SMFL because no one is in the system for the tool we need and the emails have not been responded to.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Today was a pretty busy day. I started off by working on my presentation until I got stuck where I need a little more information which we are working on right now. I took an early lunch to go to Taco Bell with Chris (the intern one) and Teddy. When I got back, I continued to work on other parts of my power point and at 3, me, Chris( not the intern one), and Peter went to the SMFL to be trained on the last two tools that we needed to be trained on. This was my first time not having to wear a "visitor" pass in there so I got to wear my official badge I got yesterday. Pretty much I am going to be collecting data right up until the last minute so I will be continuously updating my presentation. In addition, this weekend I have an 8 page research paper for the Imaging Science class as well as a homework assignment. Should be a real fun weekend.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Today, we learned about remote sensing in the Imaging Science class which was very interesting. We got to go outside and do some tests and demos with the special sensor which I do not know the name of which was fun. Who knew that you could tell what material something is made of, if trees are alive or dead, what type of tree something is, as well as the color of anything and many more things just by looking at the heat signature of an object. This afternoon, I have been doing my presentation which is coming along very nicely. In addition, I made the trip over to discuss my safety written test and in return I received my official SMFL badge which I just remembered to grab as I leave now.
Today I pretty much just worked on my power point and finished up my safety test so that I can be officially trained to be in the SMFL. It seems a little pointless to do it now but hopefully I can do some things in there before this internship ends. Just because we have been working on our presentations does not mean that we are not allowed to still collect data and such. So I will drop it off tomorrow and discuss it and get my official clean room badge.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Today, in the morning I had the Imaging Science class again and we learned about printing. Then we went over for a tour of the printing facilities in the CIM department on campus. After that, we went to the color science building for a presentation on display systems (tv screens and the like). I sent my write up to Dr. Swartzlander to see what he thought of it, but otherwise I am working on my presentation and setting up a time to finalize my safety training so I can work with Peter and Chris in the SMFL in preparing to fabricate a rough draft of the vortex lens or at least something like it.
Today, I finished the write up for Dr Swartzlander for tomorrow, and worked with Chris to get more data to hopefully start working in the lab. In the morning I stopped over and got more or less trained in the basics of the lab, and received the 70 question safety test to fill out and bring back to discuss. I also took a little time to stop over at the library to check out some books for my research paper due for the Imaging Science class and started my presentation for this internship.
Today, I came in early and went to the poster presentations of the undergraduate students that performed research this summer. It was pretty interesting to see what people were doing outside of Imaging Science. throughout the day, I worked on more of the write up of the assignment Dr. Swartzlander gave me to do and starting my presentation. Also, in the afternoon, I finally set up a meeting with the operations manager of the SMFL (micro electronic engineering lab) to get trained for monday at 10:00.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Today, in the morning, I had the imaging science class, where we learned about motion pictures. The class wasn't too fun except at the end where we performed and experiment as a class using a high speed camera to determine the constant "g" or the acceleration due to gravity on earth. We filled up water balloons and dropped them from different, measured heights while filming them so that we could find the time it took them to hit the ground by using the amount of frames it took and how many frames per second the camera took. We got some really interesting videos of how water balloons break and extremely slow motion videos of them doing it. In the afternoon, I continued work on reporting our progress with the vortex lens, which is constantly being updated and never finished, because we are still working on the project itself. I also need to start working on my final presentation for the 21st because it is coming up pretty quickly. I finally have a time to get safety trained in the MicroE building, something I ahve been trying to do all summer, but haven't had the chance to do. I go at 10:00 on Monday.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Today was not a very fast paced day. I pretty much worked on writing up the experiment with the vortex lens throughout the day. I am just about ready to finish the write up and hopefully by then chris will have finished his analysis of the graphs the way Dr. Swartzlander wants. In the morning, Roger Easton came to the staff meeting to present about Document restoration and what he does in there. It sounded kind of like what we are doing in the current lab for the imaging science class which by the way I have again tomorrow. Also, there was a picnic for the undergraduates doing summer research in the science department today and us interns qualified to participate in it. So we pretty much got a free lunch. Thats about it for today.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Today, I had the imaging science class in the morning, where we learned about cameras, and worked on another lab where we had to take different pictures and process them in different ways on the computer. Jake and I had to go outside 3 times to get the desired pictures because our camera kept switching to a wrong setting and turning the picture all white. In the afternoon, I continued work on the paper/report/procedure with help and explanations from Chris, who actually undestood at least a little of it. At the end of the day, we also went over to see if we could set up a time for me to get trained but the operations manager who has been away, was busy, so after waiting for a while, we decided to go back tomorrow. Hopefully I can be safety trained sometime soon so we can start doing more in the clean rooms.
Today, we toured the laser lab at the University of Rochester. It was a pretty cool tour but according to Joe and Bob, the tour skipped over the tie in to imaging science. We got to see all the rooms where the lasers, capacitators, and other laser parts were, and even got to see a test shot fired. We were kind of hoping to see the laser actually be fired at a target, but we still saw the flash on the tv monitor. When I got back to RIT, I started working on creating a paper that makes sense of all the math on our board, which is no easy task. I also have to finish up a lab and a report for the imaging science class tomorrow.
Today, we went on a field trip to ITT, a company that is involved with imaging science for the defense department, the space exploration effort, and other optical projects. They did a lot with optics and the construction of lenses, and are working on a side project to detect gas leaks in underground pipes with lasers on planes. When we got back, Dr. Swartzlander explained some math on our board that Im pretty sure no one understood except for him about the vortex lens. We also ordered more supplies from the bookstore and tested more PVA with inks and dyes to wrap up the day and week.