Senior Year: Here I Come

Well, in short, it’s been a surprisingly fast three years at Case. In just a short few days, my senior year will begin. Before I know it, I’ll be walking across the stage at graduation in the spring. Seems things go so quickly when you’re so busy.

As I mentioned in my last post, I would be attending the 2009 Autonomous Lawnmower Competition hosted by the Institute of Navigation. Myself, along with a team of fellow Case Western Reserve University students, represented the university at the competition in May, 2009. After some frustrating hardware failures and last-minute MacGuyver fixes, we pulled through and came out on top. We placed 1st out of six teams in the dynamic mowing competition. Photos from the competition should make their way onto the site. Oh wait, the gallery is broken. Scratch that. One of these days, a new gallery should come online… and then new photos can be added. As you know, it might be another two to three months before I get that online, so don’t hold your breath. But know that it is on the list of things to do in my spare time.

This past summer, I worked at ENSCO, Inc., in Springfield, VA. I had an absolutely fantastic experience at ENSCO. My experience was so great, that I hope to go back and intern again next summer (between my Senior year and the beginning of my graduate studies.) In the mean time, I’m maintaining a few hours here-and-there with ENSCO continuing work on the project(s) I completed during my brief internship.

Ah, you see the “beginning of my graduate studies” there… Yes, that’s right; I’ll be staying at Case as part of the BS/MS combine Bachelors/Masters program in Electrical Engineering. That’s just fancy wording that should, if all goes as planned, allow me to graduate with my B.S. in 4 years (as planned.) And — with another year, my M.S. in Electrical Engineering. To kick off my masters studies, I’m enrolled in two graduate level courses this fall: EECS490 (computer vision) and EECS491 (artificial intelligence.) Other than these two graduate classes, I’m taking a relatively (only 15 credit) light workload this semester. However, I’ve got things to keep me busy…

… which is where the exciting part of this semester comes in. As I mentioned in the last post, I’m directing West Side Story for The Case Footlighters this fall. Audition information has been posted on the website ( Essentially, open auditions start on the Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the first week of classes. Callbacks are the following Saturday. First read through is the following Sunday. And, in about two months and one week later: performances.

I’m hoping that I’ll have time to blog about being director. If I don’t have time to do the updates, I’ll try to at least keep some semblance of a record of the notable parts of the experience so that I can write later.

Well, that’s all for now!

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