How do I put this without sounding like this guy?
Travelling, roommate drama, disconnected internet accounts, the start of a new (final!) semester tend to get in the way of things like writing blog posts on a regular basis. I'm not really sure what kind of regular basis I want to be posting on, anyway, but I'd prefer to keep week-long hiatuses to a minimum. My hope is that eventually a natural tempo will emerge, and I'll stick to that as well as I can. Historically my college semesters have been challenging and busy, and though I'm taking fewer hours than ever before this semester, some of those hours are made of senior design project and research. Those particular line items have a way of expanding to fill whatever free time remains. The good news is that by May I'll have helped design, build, and fly an airplane of brand new design and I may have presented a paper at a major conference on materials science and engineering. The downside is that this is not conducive to a peaceful personal life or a steady blog schedule. Oh well.
Since I don't want this blog to be only a storehouse for my moodier and more esoteric rantings (SPOILER WARNING: There will probably be lots of those), I'll take this opportunity to expound on what these last classes of my undergrad career entail.
1) AERO 452, Viscous Flows and Heat Transfer:
Navier-Stokes equations to get the full picture of how fluid flow really works, at least in an introductory sense. Since I don't plan to become a specialist in computational fluid dynamics, I doubt I'll learn a lot more about this subject. This class will be something of a capstone for my understanding of fluid dynamics.
2) AERO 419, Chemical Rocket Propulsion:
3) MATH 401, Advanced Engineering Math:
4) AERO 402, Aerospace Vehicle Design II:
This is the second act of my senior capstone project at A&M. Last semester my team and I designed a response to a request for proposals (RFP) for a high-performance military trainer to replace the T-38. The design is purely theoretical, of course, and this semester we'll redesign it at a smaller scale, test the shape in a wind tunnel, and build a remote controlled flying model to validate the design. Pure excitement, but also a lot of work.
5) LBAR 485, French Connections:
This is actually less work than I've ever attempted to take on in a semester before. As the academic pressure spools up I'll have to establish a takt to deliver the deliverables these classes demand on time, hopefully with enough to spare for blogging and other anti-insanity activities. I've done it before, with more hours, and so here's to the new takt. If you're a student, best of luck to you and yours as well.