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Concrete Theory Outlines My Education December 9, 2009

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Next semester will be my final at the University of Michigan for undergraduate, as I will be graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Science Engineering.  Over these four years, I have taken a multitude of courses in and out of my major.  Here’s an overview of every course I’ve taken at Michigan.  The few most influential have notes attached to them..

Fall 2006

  • Engineering 100: Design and the Real World
    • Professor Jason Daida
      • Still in contact, a strong influence on me – I will mention him at times.
      • Has prompted several of my book purchases over the past few years.
    • Case-study course that introduced me to the merits of teamwork.
  • Math 116: Calculus II
  • Physics 140: General Physics I & Physics 141: Lab I

Winter 2007

  • Chemistry 210: Structures and Reactivity I (Organic Chemistry I) & Chemistry 211: Organic Lab 1
  • Economics 101: Principles of Economics I – Microeconomics
  • Math 216: Introduction to Differential Equations
  • MatSciE 220: Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing

Fall 2007

  • History 200: Greece to 201 B.C.
  • MatSciE 330: Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MechEng 211: Introduction to Solid Mechanics
  • Physics 240: General Physics II & Physics 241: Lab 1

Winter 2008

  • ClCiv 341: Classics & Cinema
  • MatSciE 242: Physics of Materials
  • MatSciE 335: Kinetics and Transport
  • MatSciE 490: Research Problems: TWIP Steel (Amit Ghosh)

Fall 2008

  • ClCiv 376: Emperors of Rome
  • GeoSci 380: Mineral Resources, Economics, and the Environment
    • Professor Steve Kesler
      • Still in contact, regular advisor on various things.
    • Sparked my interest in the mineral resource industry.
  • MatSciE 350: Principles of Engineering Materials
  • MatSciE 360: Materials Lab I
  • MatSciE 490: Research Problems: TWIP Steel (Amit Ghosh)

Winter 2009

  • ClCiv 375: War in Greek and Roman Civilization
  • History 201: Rome
  • MatSciE 365: Materials Lab II
  • MatSciE 470: Physical Metallurgy

Fall 2009

  • ClCiv 499: Independent Reading: Mining in Ancient Rome (David Potter)
  • MatSciE 420: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • MatSciE 489: Materials Process Design & MatSciE 493: SmartSurfaces
    • Professors Karl Daubman, John Marshall, and Max Shtein
    • Multidisciplinary/antedisciplinary design course for developing heliotropic smart surfaces
    • Sparked my interest in design and business.
  • Stats 412: Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Winter 2010

  • ArtDes 100: Drawing for Non-Majors
  • ClCiv 380: Antiquity
  • MatSciE 440: Ceramics
  • MatSciE 480: Materials Engineering Design
  • MatSciE 514: Composites
  • MilSci 102: Introduction to Leadership
  • MilSci 202: Leadership in Changing Environments

Of the seven courses I am taking next semester, four (12 credits) are required for my graduation, and the drawing and leadership courses are completely free electives.

In order, SmartSurfaces, GeoSci 380, and Engineering 100 are my three most influential courses.  I don’t think that what I learned in the classroom specifically was most important in these classes, however – instead, the advice from the professors, as well as book recommendations I have been given by them, have helped me evolve both as a student and as a professional.  Make sure to check out the website link to SmartSurfaces, it is really quite interesting.

Concrete Theory Exists in Two Dimensions November 24, 2009

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I just recently – today, on my flight back from an interview in Chicago (which went well) – finished reading Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbott.  Professor John Marshall recommended this book to me, and it is a truly remarkable analogue of some aspects of modern society for having been written in – get this – 1884.  I’ll explain why.  I won’t cover everything, but I will attempt to touch on the larger analogues.

The book is extremely abstract, and heavily influenced by  the author’s choice of vocation – Abbott was a clergyman.  However, it was somewhat heretical, and definitely can not be considered to be a ‘religious’ book by any means.