Monday July 29th, 2013
Monday morning was a slow one for most. However, the Pro Bros went to work an hour early to put the finishing touches on their presentations and posters. Nomita finished her code for various components of drag calculations, while Rebecca collaborated with Jim on the propeller design, and Mike was in talks with “technical advisor” Mark Moore on further developing the Matlab code. At 4:15 p.m., all the Academites gathered in Building 49 to run through presentations for the center director. Dr. Kankam was hesitant on using the room that was originally booked for presentations, while Max had to go looking for Peter. The presentations ran late and then the Aeronautics Academy headed back to the hotel for a RAP session. The Felder group awaited Raul’s arrival to run through their presentation a couple more times.
Tuesday July 30th, 2013
Tuesday was a big day for the Academites, and they all put on their power suits thanks to Kyle’s early morning reminder. Presentations to the center director and upper management took place early in the morning. The Aeronautics and Space Academies looked cool and collected as they eagerly waited for the conference room to fill up. The presentations went flawlessly, and Kyle sat in the back with a smile from ear to ear feeling very proud of his children. Upper management was impressed with everyone’s research as well and congratulated the RAs on their way out. The Academites went back to their labs and offices to finish the rest of the work day working on their research projects. At 5:30 a.m., the Academites headed to the OAI conference room to listen to Dr. Sheila Bailey talk about the current and ongoing research in photovoltaics, all while enjoying their weekly dose of pizza.
With a free evening, most went to their room to relax and to work on the group project.
Raul, GaRam and Max headed to the gym, only to find Nomita, Elizabeth and Danny already there burning off some of those pizza calories.
Wednesday July 31st, 2013
It was the last day before the cafeteria menu would change forever at NASA Glenn. Everyone was excited for new eating options available for lunch for the ten days they had left as interns. At their offices, all the interns were busy typing away or crunching numbers. Some interns went to be test specimens for Elizabeth, Kier and Nikhil’s project. This involved being hooked up with sensors to a computer so that they could monitor reactions. After work, Elizabeth and Nomita went to the gym for a long session of biking and Zumba. After the gym, Denise, Nomita and Elizabeth went to Barroco for dinner for Arepas! Rebecca and Raul watched an episode of Firefly. Danny, Kier, Chris and Jacob went to see a live concert of Father John Misty at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Thursday August 1st, 2013
Danny, Kyle, GaRam and Max left early in the morning to pick up rental cars. They drove back to the hotel, loading their luggage so that they could go straight to Indianapolis from work. By 3:00 pm, they met in front of the NASA hangar and after a few solid hours of driving, they stopped at Cracker Barrel for dinner without Dr. Kankam, who they were unable to get in touch with. The Academites made it to the hotel by 9:00 p.m., where everyone was impressed by the luxury of Crowne Plaza Hotel, at least compared to their previous experience at the Baymont. Max, Andrew, Nomita, Kyle and Peter hung out by the pool. Peter and Kyle were teaching Max proper form since he had never taken any formal swimming lessons before. Peter showed off his swimming skills that were on par with that of Aquaman. On the other end of the spectrum, Mike worked on refining results for the presentations that were scheduled for the following day. The Felder group met up for a run through of their presentation and then everyone slept well in their soft and cozy beds.
Friday August 2nd, 2013
Everyone woke up to an amazing breakfast buffet courtesy of the Crowne Plaza. After some confusion about the shuttle service and the drop off location, the Academites made it to the Rolls-Royce training center. A little behind schedule, the introduction presentation was cut short. The Felder group and Icing group were the first to give their presentations to some of the Rolls-Royce representatives. The group took a break and toured Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust museum in the training center, learning about the history of the company, its setbacks, and innovative successes. Shortly after, the Academites took a tour of the lift fan testing facility, which is a test bed of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35 lifting fan. Following that was a tour of the EPACS (Electric Power and Control Systems) facility, which integrates power systems and control systems to optimize system architecture. Everyone headed to a working lunch in the conference room, where the Materials group gave their presentation. The lunch comprised a full array of sandwiches, chips/crisps, chocolate bars, brownies, drinks, and pasta salad. After lunch various departments withing Rolls-Royce gave presentations on materials, icing research, and computational fluid dynamics to conclude the tour at Rolls-Royce.
The Academites departed for Cleveland, where most relaxed at the hotel after the long drive. However, Nomita and Rebecca joined the Space Academy for a night of karaoke.
Saturday August 3rd, 2013
Saturday was a “lazy” day, as most confessed to waking up later than usual. Weekend chores were done, as well as finalizing work for the group project. That evening, most of the Aeronautics Academites headed to the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls for some beautiful music performed by the Cleveland Orchestra. Later that night the Academites hung out with some other NASA interns. The Academites enjoyed group bonding by dancing to dubstep, playing with fire, and performing tumbling stunts in the wet and cool grass with other NASA interns. There was also some dancing with bears and blowing lots of bubbles involved. Overall, it was a fun night to spend the last weekend in Cleveland.
Sunday August 4th, 2013
Yet again, Sunday was another relaxing day. However at 4:30, the Academites met in the lobby at their hotel to drive to Dr. Kankam’s house for an evening of delicious food, frisbee, ninja games, and human pyramid building. The hospitality by Dr. Kankam was amazing. He and his wife had a generous amount of food for all the Academites and showed us old pictures of themselves. A picture of a young Dr. Kankam, PhD sporting a goatee was of interest to many people. The weather was perfect outside. Fun was had by all, including DK who joined in on a game of ninja. Once back at the hotel, the Academites did their laundry, worked on their papers for their reports, and prepared for their poster presentations.