1/11/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was a bit of a stressful day, for no particular reason.  I started out the day working at Magdalena, and I had a good time there.  It looks like I may be pulling a few of the advanced students out for “science enrichment” where I will cover other science topics.  I am really excited about this, and it sounds like everyone is on board with it.

When I returned to NMT, I started a small pH-related experiment where I tested a pH probe and meter against the National Instruments system.  I wanted to show that, on the commercial system, they are measuring a voltage from the pH probe and converting it linearly to a pH.  On the National Instruments system, I can’t get those results.  I think the pH probe to the National Instruments system may have a large impedance mismatch, but I collected the data for this and will talk to them this afternoon.  I also managed to spill 10.0 pH buffer on the table.  Thankfully, I spilled this, versus the 2.0 pH 6 molar HCl.

I also did a Varsity Tutors session last night, though I really stressed out about it.  Somewhere along the line, I got lost in triangles and was unable to do force calculations for a block on an inclined plane.  You know, high school physics stuff.  Anyway, I was really frustrated with it.

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1/10/18: Daily Post

I spent yesterday morning and early afternoon tutoring at Magdalena.  I won’t be able to work this many hours there once the semester is underway, but for now, it’s good to make up for lost time.

I did make one contact on amateur radio during my commute between Magdalena and Socorro.

In the afternoon, I began updating the computers in the chemical engineering computer lab.   I have a ways to go on that project, mostly because the internet is slow in my building.  Therefore, every Windows update takes forever, and half of them time out before they have completed.

In the evening, I did some work reviewing the dynamo LabVIEW code.  It looks like the programmer decided to go with an event-driven state machine as the main architecture.  I need to learn more about this to learn which architectures hold which advantages over the others.

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1/8/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was my first day commuting back to Socorro.  I drove my truck down to Socorro first thing in the morning.  As it turns out, campus had been pretty quiet over break, and all was as I had left it.  No broken pipes, fires, or drama with my vehicles.

I tracked down some paperwork, though I have more to track down today.

I had a meeting with the dynamo group and caught up on their latest developments.  I have been logging more hours and have been more involved with this project so far this semester.

In the afternoon, I started troubleshooting a Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) System.  It uses RF in a coil around a flask to develop the plasma.

In the late afternoon, I finished up some LabVIEW code on the Cavendish system for the Physics department.  I added some neat functionality that allows the user to zoom in on a graph, as well as set the zoom to a default value.

I did my first Varsity Tutors session as well yesterday

After all of that, I went over to my brother’s house for the evening.

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12/5/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the entire day working on the chemical engineering car competition.  The morning was spent working with teams and getting last minute testing finished.  Then, I rounded up all of the equipment (safety equipment, glassware, tables, etc.) and hauled it over to the Student Activity Center (SAC) for the competition.

We started the competition about 20 minutes early to try to beat the cold rain that was forecasted to occur in the afternoon.  We beat the rain!

The competition went well.  All teams had a car that moved.  The two best were a fuel cell and a battery car (which has never happened before).  Both of them ran out of room on the track, so we had someone pick up the cars and send them back.

After the contest, everyone helped clean up both the test site and the labs.  I was done with all chem car stuff by 5 pm, unbelievably.

In the evening, I hung out with my brother and his family.

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12/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working at Magdalena, tutoring AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.  A few of the advanced students have finished their college classes that they are taking online.  I am proud of those folks!

In the afternoon, I watched the Unit Operations presentations.  All of the professors were there to ask questions, so the students got plenty of feedback.  Overall, they did well.

I had one Varsity Tutors session in the afternoon.

I spent the entire evening working with the chemical engineering freshmen on their chem-e cars.  I worked with them for a good six hours or so before calling it quits after midnight.

It was a busy day.

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11/27/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy day.  I spent the entire day running around like crazy, clocking over 22,000 steps and 40 flights of stairs.  In the end, I don’t know that I actually accomplished anything.

I started out the day by tracking down paperwork and doing lab inspections.  After that, I had a meeting with the Physics Department, which just meant more paperwork to track down.

In the afternoon, I dropped off our department truck for some routine maintenance and walked back from the shop.  I also moved a ton of boxes between buildings and built some blast shield for the chemical engineering car competition.

In the evening, I did two Varsity Tutors sessions, and then spent around five hours helping freshman design project groups with their presentations for today’s final presentations.

Overall, it was a busy day.

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11/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning in Magdalena.  There wasn’t much teaching happening, as it was a half-day set of classes.  However, there was quite a bit of tutoring, as students finished up their homework before break.

In the afternoon, I taught two sections of Instrumentation lab.  They were my last of the semester, and the students were able to finish up their final projects during the classtime.  Now, I just need to grade all of the work they have turned in.

In the evening, I went and had dinner with my brother and his family.  I played Minecraft lazily from the couch with my nephew until I fell asleep.

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