Day 21: Visiting NASA JPL

On Thursday July 25th we visited the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). After a thorough security check we were allowed to enter JPL grounds. JPL was founded in the mid 1930s when Caltech scientists interested in rocket technology moved to the JPL ground in Pasadena. In 1936 they created their first successful rocket and the U.S. Army quickly funded JPL. In 1958, when NASA was founded, JPL moved from the U.S. Army to NASA. JPL Read more…

Day 20: Caltech visit, Dodgers baseball game

This morning, we visited the California Institute of Technology, better known as Caltech. Rebecca Saive, an assistant professor at the University of Twente who has worked at Caltech before, arranged the visit and was our guide for the day. We started off with a tour around the campus. Caltech is situated in the heart of Pasadena, which is located 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. In Read more…

Day 19: California NanoSystems Institute

The CNSI is one of four Governor Gray Davis Institutes. The institute is located on the campus of the University of California Los Angeles. Their goal is to pro- mote nanoscience research at the boundaries of disciplines, translate discoveries into commercial enterprises, and educate the next generation. To accommodate this goal, they offer equipment, laboratories and offices to external parties. The CNSI is mainly supported by private investments. At the institute, we first got a Read more…

Day 18: Google’s hunt for Quantum Supremacy

Today we visited the Google Quantum Lab. The group we visited started out as a research group at UCSB lead by John Martinis. The group was hired by Google in 2014, and most of the group members became Google employees. Since then, they have been working at developing quantum computers, doing both practical and the- oretical work. Google is interested in quantum computing because (to them) it has been evident that Moore’s law has been Read more…

Day 17: Road trip part 2: San Simeon – Santa Barbara

Today we covered the second part of our roadtrip from San Francisco to Santa Barabara. After a good night sleep and a bath at the spa we all continued in six cars to the south. Or atleast, some of did. Most peopled went north to visit the elephants seals, caracterized by there large belly and nose. During this period the female elephant seals visit the beach to molt, which means they change skin. For us Read more…

Day 16: Roadtrip part 1: San Francisco – San Simeon

Today it was time to leave the bay area and travel further south to Los Angeles. We could take the shortes route to LA, but the highway 1 offers much more nature and fun. Therefore, the committe decided in the early stages of planning to drive down the highway 1 together, which resulted in the name of our study tour. So, this was definetely a day everyone looked forward to. Our first stop was at Read more…

Day 15: Intel and Applied Materials

Intel Commonly known as Intel and stylized as intel is short for Integrated electronics. The fact that “intel” is the term for intelligence information also made the name appropriate. Intel primarily makes processors for Apple, Lenovo, HP, and Dell. It is the second largest chip manufacturer in the world based on revenue after being overtaken by Samsung. As of 2018 the company counted 107.400 employees and made $70.8 billion revenue of which $21.1 billion profit. Read more…

Day 14: Free day in San Francisco and Alcatraz

Today was planned as a free day in San Francisco and a lot of people decided to get up early to explore the city. After a long drive through morning traffic to downtown, almost everyone decided to rent bicycles and cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge. The weather turned out to be a lot colder than in Sunnyvale and clouds covered big parts of the bridge. When the sky cleared however, amazing views could be Read more…

Day 13: IBM and Google

IBM IBM is one of the largest technological companies in the world. The main source of income is IT-outsourcing, where people can use the servers of IBM to host website or to run their programs. IBM has 40 datacenters worldwide that host a multitude of Popular programs such as SPSS (statistics) and weather.com. IBM also produces the processors that van be found in most gaming consoles. The full name of IBM s International Business Machine Read more…

Day 12: Visiting UC Berkeley, the best public university in the world

Today we went to the University of California, also known as Berkeley. In the morning we were invited by the people from the E3S institute. Later this day we got a tour of the Berkeley campus. Berkeley itself is, in contrast to Stanford, a public University. This means that it is goverment funded, although they also take big private fundings to build their facilities. The Berkeley campus is a typical American style university campus, which Read more…