engineering

Getting better at MS Excel (and maybe Access too)

In one of my physics lab classes, my group had a geology major who was, self-admittedly, outside his element. The information wasn’t very relevant to him, and he wouldn’t be struggling for that C if his transfer university didn’t require that specific course. Despite this, he contributed to our lab write-ups in a big way: he worked miracles in Excel. Because of this, we were able to quickly work through the lab while he typed up our data, graphed it and made it attractive and readable…and if we gave him the formulas, he would even have our calculations complete!

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Corporation Education!

I’m going to start a new resource-gathering focus for this blog, in which I scour different company websites to see what sorts of PDF’s, ebooks and resources that would be useful to students. A lot of the literature on their sites may be too specific to the application or the product, but there is some worthwhile stuff that companies put out!

A good example of this would be TI’s Op Amp handbook. It’s an easy download as a PDF, and it’s not terribly vendor-specific to TI.

Tech Discussion: Paper Spray!

So I’ve been working in medical laboratories for a few years, and the logistics of the handling and storing biological samples is always pretty intensive. Companies often have to keep blood at certain temperatures, process them within certain timeframes, and devise a workflow that separates blood components and ensures that all the necessary tests can be done off of the provided volumes. To sum it up: tons of freezers, refrigerators, centrifuges and electricity bills! So when this equimpment from ThermoFisher popped up on my LinkedIn feed, I was pretty excited to research it!

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So Bacteria can Boogie?

After seeing this hilarious video on Metafilter, I had to look more into these magnetotactic bacteria. I’d never heard of these, and from the video, they look like the bacteria are able to be steered using a magnetic field. Here’s what I’m finding so far. (more…)