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 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…

Day 11: Stanford Lentinklab and SLAC

On this first morning in San Francisco we visited Lentinklab, which is founded by David Lentink. The first paper was published in 2004. The Lentinklab is mostly driven by the interests of David himself. With the students he brainstorms about new research projects, of which he has a broad spectrum of ideas. The main interest of the lab is to find out more about the flight and behaviour of birds, insects, bats, maple leaves, and Read more…

Day 10: Flight to San Francisco

It was 5:40 and everyone was already gathered in the lobby of the hotel. This day would signify the change from the northern to the southern part of the Study Tour. The plane would depart at 9:25 in the morning and there was still much to do. All luggage had to be transported to the airport with one fewer car than the trip from Vancouver to Seattle. To make sure this would fit, the committee Read more…

Day 9: Free day in Seattle

Today was one of the few completely free days during our study trip and everyone decided to do something different. Since we are in Seattle, some people took their time to explore downtown Seattle with the Pike Place Market and the majestic Space Needle with its glamorous view. Other people took a more relaxed approach to this day and spent most of their morning in their bed sleeping. One group went to Mount Rainier National Read more…