This week I talked with Eugene Kaler. We are both studying mechanical engineering and are graduating in May. Eugene spends most of his time working on his senior design project. His project is with SoCalGas working on a heat exchanger that is designed to reduce harmful emissions. Eugene says that he spends most of his time on this project, but when he does get some free time, he enjoys working on his Toyota MR2. Currently, he is working out some issues with a rusty fuel tank and is planning on using a fuel cell instead of trying to clean out the old tank. He says that once he gets all of the kinks worked out he plans on taking it to a track to do some racing.
For this blog post, I was trying to figure out a theme to tie all of the photos together. Instead, I decided to try to find connections between my classmates and I. The first one that caught my attention was from J Jesus Perez Gonzalez. His photo was of the Vivian Engineering Center. Jesus said in the post that the VEC is one of his three homes, and I feel the same way. I spend a lot of time in VEC 524, home of the Long Beach Maker Socitey. I joined last semester, and all of my free time shifted here. That room is where I built a 3D printer, which has turned into quite a fun hobby. I also made some great friends in the club who are a blast to spend time with regardless of where we are.
Next picture I noticed was Lizbeth Acosta’s photo of the rock climbing wall in the Rec Center. A friend of mine got me into rock climbing a few years back. He goes to school in Maryland, so while we don’t climb together during the semesters, summer and winter breaks are always filled with climbing. Even though this semester has only just started, this photo made me excited for summer to come so I can hit the walls with him again.
Eugene Kaler snapped this next picture of some piping on campus. Eugene is a fellow engineering student who I have had classes with in the past. While most people might not find an image like this interesting, it is a testament to the engineering that is all around us.
This last image was taken by Gibson Reedy. It is of him driving his Duffy around the Naples canals. While I’ve only been on a Duffy a few times before, I do spend a lot of time on the water in and around Naples. During the summer, my family and I spend time at my grandparents house, enjoying tasty meals and taking out the kayaks. I also joined the sailing club last semester and learned how to sail a Capri sail boat. I passed the test at the end of the course and became a skipper. Now I’m looking forward to sailing the clubs Laser racing boats this semester.
It was fun to look through all of the class’s Instagram posts and uncover the things that I had in common with my classmates that I never would have known.