For this semester’s aesthetics of design project, I want to pick a project which challenges me in areas I haven’t had as much of a chance to develop during my time at CU. I’m pretty confident in my coding abilities in Matlab, but outside of the Matlab suite, I start to feel lost. I haven’t taken any coding classes beyond GEEN 1300, so, for my project, I’d like to develop a product which incorporates some level of coding. Incorporating some sort of microcontroller in my design should force me to learn a new language, and hopefully, boost my confidence in taking on projects developed in unfamiliar languages.
I’d also like my project to incorporate some hardware – software relations. Very little of the code I’ve written in my classes takes in dynamic hardware information (except for maybe the system dynamics labs). Developing a project with hardware-software integration will really boost my confidence in taking on more complex projects which can be interacted with the public. If I can bolster these two skill sets, I’ll feel like a much more rounded engineer when I graduate.
I’m still unsure of what sector I want to work in after graduation. I’m attracted to jobs which involve a lot of field work, just because I love being outside but I don’t want this to be the focal point in my search. Really, I want a job where I get to trouble-shoot. It seems to me, the most rewarding moments as an engineer come after running into a wall. Really understanding how to construct a solution to a complex problem is very difficult. Trying to get the solution that you’ve been working on to actually work is another problem in and of itself. I love trying to integrate the different systems within a solution, and hope to find a job where I get to do this.
I’m still not sure what my dream job is; there are a number of possibilities that I think I could end up falling in love with. I’d like work for a company that develops musical instruments, be it pianos, synthesizes, MIDI controllers, etc. I love technology that makes sound. There are a number of options outside of engineering I’d also like to pursue. I’d like to find a simple job at a cafe or gym, and spend a couple years developing and traveling as a climber. I’d also like to work for a record label as a talent scout or manager. After graduation, I’ll take some time to figure out which way to steer myself.
To me, life’s just about becoming the best person I can be. I’ll just keep looking for environments that promote growth.