This summer, I have learned that steel is not the only material out of which one can build bridges.
As an environmental engineer, my summer has been slightly less bridge-filled than my school terms. This summer, I have been working as a Summer Student Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institue on picturesque Cape Cod, studying phytoplankton regulation with MIT Course 1 alum Heidi Sosik, who is a senior scientist there. I have been having a great time learning about oceanography, going on the occasional cruise out on Buzzards Bay, and doing some fascinating research.
However, even with my head full of the squishy environment that I do so dearly love, bridges haven't entirely off my mind. My family came up to visit a few weeks ago and we all went down to the beach.
See? That stunning piece of sand architecture is a sand bridge, connecting a sand MIT to the mainland. I also collected a bunch of really cool shells and rocks.
However, the bridginess did not end there. Alex J., my fellow junior in Steel Bridge, celebrated his birthday this past July in Boston, and I unfortunately was not able to be there. I did make it to Boston the following weekend, and offered Alex a bridge-brownie sculpture as compensation.
Complete with jello water and land. It was delicious, too. It was all the cream cheese mortar, I think.
Other than that, all of us here are getting excited for this upcoming Steel Bridge season. The rules for this next year were just released (!) and we're anxious to get started! First, we'll be showing the next generation of undergrads in DCEE all we know about bridge building and see what great creations they come up with. Keep an eye out for the DCEE 2010 freshmen and the bridges they'll be making and testing in late August. They should be great, if last year's bridges were any indication!