Week 1, 6/3-6/7.
My name is Andrew Dalbol, I am a Mechanical
Engineering major from the University of Jamestown, ND. I am excited for my
summer here at Nimbus Labs, attached to Memorial Stadium located on the
beautiful University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Since the first week was
orientation, each morning was filled with informational presentations and tours
of campus and the surrounding area.
Nimbus labs is part of the Unmanned
Systems SRP at UNL, and this was where I spent my afternoons. I started the
week by setting up a virtual machine from VirtualBox and installed Ubuntu
followed by ROS. This process embarrassingly took longer than I would like to
admit and after several frustrating hours, my VM was finally up and running.
Jake helped me improve the performance of the VM, and I have thankfully not had
any issues since!
I started working through the ROS
tutorials and made my very own interactive turtle and named him Jeffrey. ROS training
has been put on hold for now as I have prioritized CITI Program training since
my research project will involve Human Subjects.
I have also been studying for the
FAA part 107 exam to get my federally issued drone pilots license, as well as
practicing my flight skills in the Cage. My first flight was very wobbly, but
with just 20 min a day, I have finally persuaded the drone to hover in place
for almost 30 seconds. Hopefully by the end of week two, I will be able to pass
the in-house flight skills test.
Onto a few recreational activities
that I partook in this week. Jazz-in-June, every Tuesday there is a free
concert in the Sheldon sculpture gardens, something I will most definitely take
in every week. Went to the outdoor picnic and met other students in the other
programs, went bowling at Hollywood Lanes shot pool with new friends. Played
guitar, a lot, got caught up on Game of Thrones. Etc. There is so much to do in
Lincoln, would recommend a visit.
Lastly, throughout all programs, this
REU has fostered an amazing community of game nights, friendship, and
comradery. This campus has welcomed me in and made me feel at home in just one
short week. More to come in the following weeks!