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SRP Week 9

Blog 9: Week of 8/3/18

Andrew Brown reporting in once again and this time for the last time. This week was the wrapping up week. It has been relaxing as stressful all at the same time.

On Monday I worked all day putting the final touches on my poster. It was due at 5:00 p.m., and I turned it in around 4:50. I was relieved to have finished and felt like I did a pretty good job, but I could not shake the feeling that I had missed something. On Tuesday I came in and examined the copy I had submitted. It was then that I noticed that I had subtracted two values in my central equation in the wrong order.

I spent the rest of Tuesday writing documentation for the work I did this summer and trying to write my paper due next Tuesday. On Wednesday we went to a group seminar in the morning. On the way back from the seminar Jason pointed out to me that Dr. Duncan had emailed us the week before letting us know that we had to present our posters to each other on Wednesday. I spent the hour left to me in the morning preparing for the presentation. I think it turned out pretty well. My presentation went a little bit over time, but I showed that I knew what I was talking about, which was good.

The rest of Wednesday and most of Thursday I finished my documentation (8 pages in all!). On Thursday afternoon I started working on my paper in earnest. I had tried to make some headway in the evenings, but the words just would not come. To add to this frustration, it took me two and a half hours on Thursday afternoon to figure out how to make my LateX document compile with the BibTeX included. After hours of banging my head against this wall it turned out that my problem was that I had white space in the document’s title – very frustrating.

Today I have spent all day working on my paper, and I have actually made some headway! Chandima has been helping me to wrap my head around exactly what I want to say and exactly how our distributed controller differs from a normal distributed controller.

This weekend I have to finish the paper, pack, and prepare for the poster presentations on Monday and Tuesday. The summer has been a great experience. I have learned a lot about what I am looking for in a research lab based off of the positive things I have seen here. The people in the lab make for a great work atmosphere, and the subject matter, drones, makes time spent in the lab interesting and rewarding. I was loath to leave home for the summer, but after living through my time at UNL, I do not regret leaving one bit.

I have no idea what my future holds, but I know this summer has been instrumental in preparing me for it, and I am excited to see what comes next!

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