So, today is my last day in my home town for a while. Tomorrow, I leave to travel to my summer internship at Dow!!! I’m rather excited for the switch from real world problems in an academic setting to those posed by private industry. A copy of the job description is after the jump. From what I can gather, I will be assisting with designing and implementing data analysis systems for experimental data using JMP, a powerful and flexible statistical analysis program. This will be really interesting, as a long time interest and hobby of mine has been artificial neural networks and intelligent control design. Stretching, flexing, and building those mental muscles will be a welcome change from my past research focus on process design for fluid phase multi-component energy and mass transfer (heat exchangers, distillation columns, liquid-liquid extraction columns, etc) in the context of use for the Unit Ops Lab. Getting a taste of work in the industry between undergrad and grad school will help me decide on which primary career path I want to take after I get my next degree: work in the general private sector or continue with academia. I’ll have about ten weeks to fully immerse myself in a new set of challenges. This will be a lot of fun!
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