Aug '08 - Jul '09
Sorry for the long absence but it's been a whirlwind week here. I had a bunch of meetings, and then a birthday party, then a birthday, and now I'm sitting next to a presentation board I produced for a showcase on campus. I'm operating on very little sleep but this is pretty exciting, so let me explain.
One of the best decisions I've made since starting at USC was getting involved with an organization called the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation. The USC Stevens Institute is a division of the Provost's office with the stated mission of making USC the leader in innovation in the University community. I work there as a student associate and I am on their Student Advisory Board, and besides that, they are a great bunch of people to hang out with. I consider them to be one of my families here at USC.
At USC Stevens, one of our stated goals is to take ideas and turn them into tangible societal impact. One of the ways that we encourage student innovation is the Student Innovator Showcase which is happening, uh, right now. I've been stewing on the idea that I'm presenting here for a while, and I'm in the "pole position" so to speak (at the very front of the exhibition) so I'm getting a lot of traffic and a lot of great feedback. But I wanted to stop in and say hello, and especially give a shout out to USC Stevens. Here's a couple of photos from the showcase today.
(BTW, the idea that I am presenting is tangential to my thesis but it addresses the problem of how houses will practically deal with global warming. Meaning, the changing weather patterns are here, and we don't know what we might get, so is there a way to button up our house like we would button up our coats when the weather changes? I'm still working out the kinks so I am hesitant to post the board itself, but any thoughts you have on this concept are very much appreciated...)