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 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 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…

Day 8: LIGO

After a rumbling night with an earthquake of magnitude 4.6 near Seattle, everybody managed to wake up very early. We then went on a lovely roadtrip in which the green landscape of Seattle with a lot of water everywhere turned into a dry desert with huge cliffs. After enjoying this roadtrip for four hours, we reached the facility of LIGO Hanford. The LIGO (Laser Interferometry Gravitational wave Observatory) project was first proposed in 1989 but Read more…

Day 7: Visiting the University of Washington and Boeing

University of Washington In the morning we visited the University of Washington, specifically two institutions called the Clean Energy Testbeds and the Ginger Labs. The University of Washington was founded in 1861 and has approximately 45.000 students enrolled. The Clean Energy Testbeds is part of the Clean Energy Institute of the university and is created 2 years ago to speed up the process from research to production. The institute may be compared to the Dutch Read more…

Day 6: Visiting world’s largest cyclotron accelerator

The 10th of July marked the BE’s final day in Canada, featuring one more visit before crossing the US border later on in the day. Our last Canadian visit was to particle physics research institute TRIUMF. Originally constructed in 1968 as a collaboration between the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria as the TRI-University Meson Facility, it features research on an extremely large range of topics, which are all Read more…