Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bon voyage Murrr!

Today was Murr's last day at the DSBF. Tomorrow she'll start the long trip to Houston where she'll be working on her internship with the ISS and then she'll transfer to Elon in the fall!

I'm excited to hear about all of her Murrventures but we will miss her delightful presence (and burp rating service) in the lab. Luckily we'll all be reunited in Houston for integration before we know it!

Tie Creators

I got Jimmy a custom Unacceptable Risks tie from Tie Creators for his graduation. I am SO IMPRESSED with how it turned out. You can clearly read our logo on the tie! I was skeptical about the resolution of the logo before I ordered it but it turned out fantastic.

They had a ton of options to customize it, so of course I made sure to order a long tie for a tall guy. The color I ordered seemed true to what was on the website. You can even get custom ties in SILK.

I was the most impressed by their customer service. I was hesitant about the quality and I was worried about the tie not shipping in time (I was going to move to Colorado. It's a long story.) so Tie Creators worked with me to make sure I could get what I needed in time.

I'm thrilled and I would recommend them to everyone. I might have to order more because it is likely that this tie is going to get stolen.

Hopefully this tie will be the lucky charm that helps Jimmy land his dream job but at the very least he'll have some fodder for his LinkedIn profile photo. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Team Spotlight: Landon Fernandez

Landon Fernandez is one of the newest additions to the Unacceptable Risks and he is a senior at North Carolina State University studying aerospace and aeronauatic engineering, or as he says "how air goes over wings".  Landon has stepped in to fill the much-needed electrical engineer role on the team and has been tasked with creating all the wiring diagrams for the robotic arm and the Busy Box, as well as finalizing the layout of knobs, buttons, and doodads that the arm will interact with.  The team has a couple of stretch goals for the arm, including pulling back a flap and doing and re-doing a strip of Velcro. Landon has been working on building in proximity sensors that will let the arm know when it has pulled the flap or Velcro away, which will work in conjunction with the computer-vision set up.

When he's not working on HASP or toward graduating, Landon dances with the Break Fast Club, NCSU's break dance team. He is set to graduate next semester and plans on attending grad school, hopefully somewhere outside of North Carolina so he can experience somewhere new.

It's workinnnnnnng!

The arm works off of the code now!

Friday, May 11, 2018

We won all the things!

So you might recall that the Programmabulls are the 2018 Swarmathon national champs! (TWO TIME NATIONAL CHAMPS!!)

BUT wait...there's more!

The Disco Beckies won BEST OVERALL for HAB.

Murrr got a NASA internship with the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION and won a leadership award!

Dan Koris has a NASA internship with SSPD AND won the Academic Excellence Award.

And Soham won the Engineering award.

Seth got an internship for the summer with Helping Hands.

Jimmy is graduating and won an award for Outstanding Research in Physics for his work on FLOW and HASP.