1) Work: Since late January, I've been working as a co-op for GE Aviation here in Cincinnati, in a Quality Control position at their Erlanger Distribution Center in Erlanger, KY. Despite the name, it's actually right next to the Cincinnati airport (CVG), mostly because the Cincinnati airport (for long and complex reasons I do not fully comprehend) is located in Kentucky. It's been pretty cool, chief among the attractions being that it's a workplace where I can sit in the break room at lunch and see airplanes powered by the engines I'm chasing parts for take off and land just down the hill and across the airport boundary fence. I'm not allowed to take my own pictures, so this is roughly the view I have, except further back and slightly higher up so I can see the runways.
2) Aerodesign Team: As with the last two years, I've once again been a member of the University of Dayton Aerodesign team. This year, I was leader of the Missions Group, responsible for all things rules and payload. I've also been pitching in a lot on the 60-page competition report, which we finally finished and submitted last week. As part of getting the report ready, we were pushing hard for a first flight so we'd have flight data for the paper. Unfortunately, the fuselage manufacturing team was delayed due to the long holiday break, and I was seriously worried we weren't going to fly before submitting the report. This was troubling because Dr Altman, our advisor, stated he thinks this paper may be one of the best we've submitted, and didn't want to see our performance in the scores at competition compromised by penalties for lack of flight data. Leslie, the team captain, managed to pull together the team and work a miracle at the 11th hour, and they got a prototype kludged together from the wings, tail, landing gear, and tail truss from this year's aircraft, combined with a fuselage
3) Extracurriculars: In addition to all this, I've also had projects of my own. Chief among them lately has been Eyes Turned Skyward, an alternate history timeline I've been co-writing and publishing roughly weekly on the AlternateHistory.com forums. You may notice it's been running for a while, but this is the first I've felt up to talking about it on Engineer in Progress, largely because I'm aware it's probably full of amateurish technical mistakes and generally bad writing. Never-the-less, I'm pleased to say we've managed to reach nearly 27,000 views and over 400 comments on the 24 posts so far in the timeline, and we've received the Atomic Rockets Seal of Approval from Winchell Chung of the Atomic Rockets reference site, meaning we stand alongside works like Mass Effect 2, Orbiter, and the Beyond Apollo and Rocketpunk Manifesto blogs. Ah well. If we cannot be seen from afar, it is because we stand amid the ankles of giants. A lot of the reason I haven't been blogging much is that when I have been writing, it's been for this.
|Official Atomic Rockets Seal of Approval, as received by Eye Turned Skyward.|
|Polaris Poster Thumbnail. See here to buy, or here for more on the Polaris.|
Anyway, this ended up being a longer post than I thought it would be, so I'm tying it up here. Long story short, I've been doing some stuff that's kept me away from blogging for a while. I'm not sure that'll change anytime soon, but...I'll try to make time.