Thursday, March 29, 2012

How I Hope to Spend the Next Six Months

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I've decided that I'm going to have a go at blogging full time for six months, with no particular business plan or plan in general yet; I am absolutely going to make it up as I go, and I hope the casual observer at least finds it somewhat amusing. I got a Canon Vixia HF R21 camcorder as my graduation present to aid in these next six months, quality-wise.  I'm still trying to figure out how to work it...  It really is on a tripod; all of the movement in the video is just it trying to keep me in one place.

Of course, all of this is predicated on a swath of assumptions, most of which focus on me not having a job.  Should the opportunity arise where someone wants to pay me money to work on their projects all summer, I'm afraid it's likely they'll win...

In any case, I have a ton of projects I've been spooling up for the last few quarters, so I hope to hit the ground running after I finish having a Spring break in the wonderful Silicon Valley.  I fully solicit any suggestions as to what you'd like to see me write about, with the disclaimer that I'm soliciting nothing more than suggestions, so no guarantees on deliverables.

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  1. Project idea: how about making a robotic arm. Like a smaller version of one they'd have on an assembly line.

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  2. Congrats on graduating. Cal Poly has some fun grad courses. I've enjoyed my stay here. Any idea of what you want to focus on?

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  3. @Matt: Thanks! I've been collecting mechatronics parts for a while now, so I hope to produce something on that line.

    @Andrew: I haven't put too much thought into it yet, but next week I'm sitting down with the catalog and not leaving my room until I come up with something. My current thoughts is something centered around controls, to get a nice mix of mathematics and algorithms in there. I'm coming down and couch surfing for most of the week of the 9th to get a lay of the land and meet up with as many people down there as I can.

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    1. Cool. Surprisingly the ME dept. doesn't have much in the way of grad controls classes. It has ME506-system dynamics which is system modeling using linear graphs. I remember you doing a post on Bond Graphs which are very similar. And there's ME507-the advanced mechatronics class. I don't think you would get much out of it since you've worked extensively with microcontrollers and designed pcbs. However the teacher is cool and it is a good excuse to design a pcb and code a mechatronics project.
      The EE dept. has two good classes, EE513 and 514. 513 is the math and theory behind modern linear control systems. From what I heard, 514 moves into nonlinear and more implementation of control systems. The aero dept. has some control classes also.

      Profs. in the ME dept that focus on/are interested in controls are John Ridgely, Charles Birdsong, Frank Owen, William Murray and the EE prof. is Art MacCarley.

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    2. Thanks for the epic follow-up. I had missed Birdsong in my research, and knowing the EE one will probably be useful. I'm planning on putting a lot of effort into finding mathematics and statistics classes to try and extract something useful from and pull it back into the Eng domain.

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  4. What if someone offered you an internship to work on a bunch of random projects similar to these? :)

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    1. Then, like most well-laid plans, my vision for how I'm going to spend the next five months will be for naught.

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  5. Well, email me if you'd be willing to evaluate that risk... peter@bierman.com.

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