Not sure how this worked out, but my blog post coincided PERFECTLY with the conclusion of my research on campus! I’ve spent the past six weeks at W&L doing engineering and structural health monitoring research in the campus parking garage. And don’t worry, the beams we monitored are perfectly safe in terms of flexural strength and vertical displacement, but if you want the entire 20-minute presentation please feel free to ask me about it anytime because I high-key enjoy talking about it.
Without going into too much detail, my research group spent a lot of time using different gauges on the beams that make up the third floor on the parking garage. We got to wear some really fashionable safety gear (see picture 1), climbed some ladders to glue our gauges to the beams (see picture 2), and I had the personal honor of directing my professor on where to drive her car over the beams (see picture 3). I ended up enjoying this research a whole lot, wayyyyy more than I expected going into it. It was the perfect balance of physical work and data analyzation, and my research group got along really well! Luckily we get to continue it this fall.
In terms of Lexington in the summer, I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was! I had the most epic view out of my room from my apartment in third year (see picture 4), the football field was literally outside my door to do conditioning workouts (see my artsy picture 5), and I got to go float the Maury and visit Panther Falls multiple times. AND I even got lunch with Taylor a few times so win-win-win over here.
Although I’m back home right now I CANNOT WAIT for next weekend because CAMP!!!!!! AND THEN PRESEASON VERY SOON I CAN’T WAIT. Only slightly hype if you couldn’t tell.
Thanks for reading!!!!!! -Anna #5