Hacksaw Ridge screening at NCT

Posted: November 18, 2016, 3:00pm As an engineer, I spend most of my time on the southwest side of campus, but a few days ago I got the chance to tag along with a friend to see a screening of “Hacksaw Ridge” at the 365-seat Frank Sinatra Hall in the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre (not located in the southwest side … Read More

Mass, volume, and Pomegranates

Posted: November 5, 2016 I don’t know if it is harder to spell pomegranates, or to embark on the arduous journey of peeling these giant fruits without staining everything in sight.  Despite its unforgiving nature, this noble fruit, a true jewel of autumn, has found its way from the Greater Middle East region, through the Silk Road and sea routes … Read More

340 million Batman Costumes

Posted: November 4, 2016 The National Retail Federation has a treasure trove of Halloween trends, for instance, last year Halloween spending topped off at a staggering $6.9 Billion (source: nrf.com/resources/consumer-data).   A number so large should make any sane researcher think of one question: how many Batman costumes is that?  The number is 276 million adult or kid sized $25 Batman … Read More

Pizza and martial arts

Posted: October 8, 2016, 12:10pm There are few things more diametrically opposite to each other than a Tae Kwon Do (TKD) practice followed by a feast consisting entirely of pizza. But a balanced life is what most people who walk through the doors of PED 201 are looking for, and if it comes in the form of a round-cheese-covered-fire-oven-baked piece … Read More

Time to get away from it all?

Posted: September 20, 2016, 5:15pm There are 59 national parks across 27 states and two territories, but if you’re a Trojan and are looking for a quick road trip to get away from the fast pace of Los Angeles then you’ll be happy to know that California sits at the very top of the list of most national parks with … Read More

Worlds collide

Posted: September 1, 2016, 9:35pm A few doors down from my lab is a room with shelves stacked full of journals about fluid mechanics, dynamics, solid mechanics, and a plethora of other classical mechanics based subjects.  Laufer Library could very easily be confused with a 1970s era movie set – but don’t be fooled, because Laufer is a source of … Read More