Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Interview

I decided to interview my cousin Rumer Villalobos, he's an Electronic Engineer for a year now, so here it is:

1. Could you please define Engineering in your own words?
Engineering to me is the branch of science that makes or a least tries to make people's life easier with technology. In the case for Electronic Engineering we try to accomplish this through devices for the people.

2. What influenced you to pursue Electronics engineering, industrial ingeneering, computer science engineering or informatics engineering?
I pursued Electronic Engineering because there are many job offers because there isn't too many people in the field of electronics, and also there is a great chance to work outside the country.

3. Could you please describe the educational process required to become an Engineer?
I can only describe it with one word, HARD, it's not easy to become an engineer, you'll have to study a lot and give up to some stuff you were used to do like for example taking the whole weekend for resting, you'll never stop studing when trying to become and engineer.

4. What are the skills you need to be a good engineer?
I think you must be very cleaver and have a lot of ideas, when you're working there will be some problems and you'll need to solve them quickly. And I think also that you must like math a lot because almost all the career has them.

5. What job considerations were you looking for after you completed your education?
Actually any good job where I could practice everything I'd learned at college would be just fine for me, luckyly I found it.

6. What's something of your school life that you enjoy the most?
The lab work was just fantastic and very entertained, I enjoyed it very much while I was studing.

7. From your perspective, what is the most difficult part of being an engineering student?
The amount of studing hours you'll have to dedicate, belive me when I tell you that there will be a lot. And also I belive the frustration you fell when you can't solve a problem.

8. What are your plans for the future?
Keep on working and maybe find a job or a scholar-ship to study outside of the country.

9. Point out your most personally gratifying moment in Engineering school.
When I presented my final thesis, I was so nervous but it went very well.

10. Why would you recommend Engineering as a career?
If you like it, it's a great choise, because you'll have a lot of opportunities when working and if you're lucky you'll get a job offer in another country which i belive is great.

Unit's 1 Assignment

1)To take or carry from one place to another; transport.
2)To serve as a medium of transmission for; transmit: wires that convey electricity.
3)To communicate or make known; impart: “a look intended to convey sympathetic comprehension” (Saki).

1)An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole: “Among political women . . . there is a clear consensus about the problems women candidates have traditionally faced” (Wendy Kaminer). See Usage Note at redundancy.
2)General agreement or accord: government by consensus.

1)One of the larger branches of a tree.
2)One of the jointed appendages of an animal, such as an arm, leg, wing, or flipper, used for locomotion or grasping.
3)An extension or a projecting part, as of a building or mountain range.
4)One that is considered to be an extension, member, or representative of a larger body or group.

1)Process by which molten metal is forced by a plunger or compressed air into a metallic die and the pressure maintained until the metal has solidified. Die castings are accurate, are sharply outlined, have a good surface finish, and can be made in complicated designs. Zinc, aluminum, and magnesium alloys are the principal metals used. The high cost of the die usually limits the process to large-scale, high-speed production. Typical products are carburetor bodies and zippers. Type-casting machines are specialized die-casting machines

1)Spread or scattered over a considerable extent: widespread fallout from a nuclear explosion.
2)Occurring or accepted widely: a widespread misunderstanding

1)a)Appropriate to a villain, as in wickedness or depravity: a villainous plot.
b)Being or manifesting the nature of a villain: a villainous band of thieves.
2)Highly undesirable or offensive; obnoxious.

1)a)One that closely resembles another.
b)One that has the same functions and characteristics as another; a corresponding person or thing: Their foreign minister is the counterpart of our secretary of state.
2)A copy or duplicate of a legal paper.
3)a)One of two parts that fit and complete each other.
b)One that serves as a complement.

1)Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; awkward.
2)Awkwardly constructed; unwieldy: clumsy wooden shoes; a clumsy sentence.
3)Gauche; inept: a clumsy excuse.

A robot is a virtual or mechanical artificial agent. In practice, it is usually an electro-mechanical system which, by its appearance or movements, conveys a sense that it has intent or agency of its own. The word robot can refer to both physical robots and virtual software agents, but the latter are usually referred to as bots. There is no consensus on which machines qualify as robots, but there is general agreement among experts and the public that robots tend to do some or all of the following: move around, operate a mechanical limb, sense and manipulate their environment, and exhibit intelligent behavior, especially behavior which mimics humans or other animals.
Stories of artificial helpers and companions and attempts to create them have a long history but fully autonomous machines only appeared in the 20th century. The first digitally operated and programmable robot, the Unimate, was installed in 1961 to lift hot pieces of metal from a die casting machine and stack them. Today, commercial and industrial robots are in widespread use performing jobs more cheaply or with greater accuracy and reliability than humans. They are also employed for jobs which are too dirty, dangerous or dull to be suitable for humans. Robots are widely used in manufacturing, assembly and packing, transport, earth and space exploration, surgery, weaponry, laboratory research, and mass production of consumer and industrial goods.
People have a generally positive perception of the robots they actually encounter. Domestic robots for cleaning and maintenance are increasingly common in and around homes. There is anxiety, however, over the economic effect of automation and the threat of robotic weaponry, anxiety which is not helped by the depiction of many villainous, intelligent, acrobatic robots in popular entertainment. Compared with their fictional counterparts, real robots are still benign, dim-witted, and clumsy.robots for cleaning and maintenance are increasingly common in and around homes. There is anxiety, however, over the economic effect of automation and the threat of robotic weaponry, anxiety which is not helped by the depiction of many villainous, intelligent, acrobatic robots in popular entertainment. Compared with their fictional counterparts, real robots are still benign, dim-witted, and clumsy.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Class

Germán Rodríguez
Mariangely Diaz
Kevelin Sanchez
Veronica Franco
Vanessa Villasmil
Juan Piñeiro
Yilda López
Yanina Alviilar
Luis Delgado
Luis Urdaneta Paz
Ricardo Schilling
Ignacio Davila
Carolina Zambrano B
Asdrubal Polidor
Jessica Cuello
Ignacio Davila

Be Green! Think Green!

What is this all about? You migth be curious about this new trent, EVERYBODY is becoming green, what's going on?. Well going green is a "tendency", that in my opinion everybody should follow. This "tendency" tries to educate people about the planet and the damage that we are causing on it because of the pollution, and how to stop it.This pollution is destroying the ozone layer, this layer absorbs 93-99% of the sun's high frequency ultraviolet ligth, which is potentially damaging to life on earth. If you don't understand this just watch this video:
So, what can we do to stop global warming? Actually there are a lot of things that you can do, here are some of them:
1)Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb.
2)Install a programmable thermostat.
3)Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner.
4)Choose energy efficient appliances when making new purchases.
5)Do not leave appliances on standby.
6)Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket.
7)Cover your pots while cooking.
8)Take a shower instead of a bath.
9)Reuse your shopping bags.
10)Be sure you’re recycling at home!!!.
There is a lot more things you can do to help the planet, if you're interested click on this link:

Monday, May 4, 2009

About me!

Hello everybody

I´m Germán Rodríguez, I´m 18 years old and currently studying electronic engineering on telecommunications. I was born in Maracaibo, Zulia State, which I think is the best state in our country (Venezuela), and we should be the capital, if not i propose to get separated from it and create the Independent Republic of Zulia.

I like music, specially rock music, I play the guitar or at least try to but I believe can defend myself on it. I love TV, and I love comedies like "Two and a Half Men", " The Big-Bang Theory", "Friends", and so on and so on. I also like going out with my friends to a movie or anywhere as long as I'm with them. I like English very much, actually I like languages, If I weren't studying engineering, I believe that I would be studying Modern Languages, when I'm done with English I'll study French and then Italian and finally German.

My dreams are to get graduated and get a job, and if I'm lucky that job will be in another country, that's my other dream, working outside of the country, that way I can make my other dream that is living in many places of the world and get to know a little of every single one.

What I spect from this class is to have fun, have a good time and at the same time learn a lot because you'll never know it all.

Best Wishes, Germán.
Have a nice day :D