Aishwarya Sivasubramanian - Vaping Pathway - Self Assessment

Format for self assessments:

Week: {Starting date of week being covered}

Overview of Things Learned:

Technical Area:

Tools:

Soft Skills:

Achievement Highlights:

Meetings attended:

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

Tasks Done:

Week(s): 7/12/2020, 7/19/2020, 7/26/2020

Overview of Things Learned:

  • History of E-Cigarette use
  • Side effects of vaping
  • Different vape detectors and how they work
  • Logic gates and truth tables
  • Putting together good survey questions
  • How to handle large amounts of data collected in the survey

Technical Area:

  • History and introduction to FPGAs
  • Using Boolean Logic and applying it to logic gates/truth tables
  • Uniforming data
  • Downloading and running systems on my computer (VirtualBox, Ubuntu, Quartus)
  • Researching information

Tools:

  • More of Google Sheets
  • More of Google Calendar
  • Use of the STEM-Away platform/forum
  • Use of Trello
  • Virtual Box/Ubuntu
  • Intel Software

Soft Skills:

  • Adapting to new circumstances
  • Team work
  • Helping problem solve
  • Contributing to a group
  • Public Speaking
  • Completing tasks in a timely manner

Achievement Highlights:

  • Uniforming the data I collected
  • Researching into the FlySense detector to find pros and cons
  • Filling in team members that were missing from a meeting

Meetings attended:

  • Introduction to FPGA’s by Aravind Das: 7/14
  • First Team Meeting: 7/14
  • FPGA Training: 7/16
  • Vaping Team Happy Hour: 7/17
  • Team Meeting: 7/20
  • FPGA Training #2: 7/23
  • Vaping Happy Hour: 7/24
  • Team Meeting: 7/27
  • FPGA Training #3: 7/30
  • Vaping Co-Team Weekly Meeting: 8/1

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

  • Make graphs of the group data
  • Complete the FlySense portion of the presentation with another person
  • Complete the personal stories and anecdotes portion of the presentation with two other people
  • Complete the statewide portion of the presentation for CT

Tasks Done:

  • Research on the vaping detectors
  • Made an Intel account
  • Registered for FPGA courses + watched video lectures
  • Downloaded lab materials
  • Downloaded Quartus prime Lite, ModelSim-Intel, Max 10 Files, Ubuntu
  • Collected 278 Responses of Data
  • Uniformed 278 Responses of Data
  • Adding to the pro and con list through features researched about the FlySense vaping detector

#teamwork #problem #public-speak #adaptability

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Week: 8/03/2020

Overview of Things Learned:

  • Community experience with vaping

Technical Area:

  • Understanding basic Verilog
  • Ordering a graph in numerical order
  • Comparing and contrasting FlySense and Halo

Tools:

  • Use of Trello to keep track of assignments
  • Google Sheets (for the data/graphs)
  • Google Slides (for the presentation)

Soft Skills:

  • Enhanced my public speaking skills
  • Quick preparation for the presentation
  • Quick/Constant communication/adaptation with my team for the presentation
  • Creativity in creating personas for the presentation
  • Accepting/Understanding constructive criticism

Achievement Highlights:

  • Successful participation in Week Four presentation
  • Created two personas
  • Adapted and presented a part of the slides that wasn’t my own

Meetings attended:

  • Team Meeting: 8/3
  • FPGA Training #4: 8/6
  • Week 4 Team 1 Presentation: 8/7
  • Vaping Co-Team Weekly meeting: 8/8

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

  • Complete the survey summary write-up
  • Continue extra topic research
  • Complete the logic solver exercise
  • Complete my part to the group block diagram
  • Add ages to the personas

Tasks Done:

  • Completed survey analysis
  • Vaping Detector Research on FlySense
  • Added CT data results to the Week 4 Presentation and explained
  • Added 2 personas to the Week 4 Presentation

#teamwork #creative-thinking #adaptability #public-speak #feedback #quality

Week: 8/10/2020

Overview of Things Learned:

  • Disposable versus non-disposable vaping devices
  • Why teenagers are inclined to different types of devices
  • How to properly write summaries on community’s experience with vaping

Technical Area:

  • Understanding block diagrams
  • Reading and summarizing articles full of information
  • Citations in APA format
  • Continuing to try to figure out Ubuntu and Quartus

Tools:

  • Use of Trello to keep track of assignments
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Docs
  • Quartus

Soft Skills:

  • Asking for help with troubleshooting issues
  • Communicating effectively with team members/team leads
  • Understanding anf fixing criticism.
  • How to adapt

Achievement Highlights:

  • Finishing assignments earlier rather than closer to the deadline
  • Completing my part of the survey-write up
  • Completing the independent research on disposable versus non-disposable bodies.

Meetings attended:

  • Team Meeting: 8/10
  • VP Office Hours: 8/12
  • FPGA Training #5: 8/13
  • Vaping Co-Team Weekly Meeting: 8/15

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

  • Individual Block Diagram
  • Quartus Labs 3-5
  • Research another topic for the written segment
  • Format sources into APA
  • Notes on everyone else’s research and Halo Meeting
  • Feedback for teammates

Tasks Done:

  • Added to the group block diagram brainstorming
  • First draft of the survey write up
  • Research on Disposables versus non disposable vaping devices

#teamwork #communication #effective-communication #adaptability

Week: 8/17/2020

Overview of Things Learned:

  • What makes a good research paper
  • What places are looking for in terms of submission of research papers
  • Specifics about the FlySense vaping detector
  • Recommendations on what to do for the vaping epidemic

Technical Area:

  • Working through the Quartus labs
  • Using Verilog
  • Using citation makers to cite sources in APA format

Tools:

  • Use of Trello to keep track of assignments
  • Quartus (for the lab)
  • Google Docs (for the research paper)

Soft Skills:

  • Asking for help to complete lab
  • Communicating effectively with team members through email for quick responses
  • Worked further on writing skills
  • Acceptance and understanding of criticism and applying the criticism
  • Adaptation
  • Patience when working on Quartus Lab

Achievement Highlights:

  • Worked with team to finish the survey write up
  • Completed a block diagram for a vaping detector
  • Edited my independent research
  • Added sources cited for almost everyone else’s sections

Meetings attended:

  • Team Meeting: 8/17
  • Lab Help: 8/18
  • How to Write Papers with Dr. Mandy Pant: 8/19
  • FPGA Training #6: 8/18
  • Zoom with Soter Technologies about FlySense: 8/18
  • Vaping Co-Teem Weekly Meeting: 8/20

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

  • Complete research paper with my team
  • Come up with at least 5 places to submit paper to
  • Finalize paper and format of the paper

Tasks Done:

  • Completed individual block diagram
  • Completed Quartus Labs 3-5
  • Completed notes on everyone’s research along with the HALO meeting
  • Finished an extra research section on top of one I already did
  • Provided feedback for my teammates
  • Revised according to team’s feedback
  • Completed the “introduction” to the research paper

#teamwork #networking #constructivelycriticizing #patience

Week: 8/24/2020

Overview of Things Learned:

  • Quartus Calculator Lab
  • Learned how to subscript sources
  • Learned how to further develop a research paper and to analyze other scientific articles

Technical Area:

  • Understood Verilog code further
  • Subscript Sources
  • Citing sources
  • Assigning comments to people on google documents
  • Using percentages in excel

Tools:

  • Trello
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Microsoft Excel

Soft Skills:

  • Team work
  • Adapting
  • Communicating effectively
  • Taking the proper precautions during a storm

Achievement Highlights:

  • Worked with team to finish the research paper
  • Was able to understand the Verilog code after beginning with zero experience

Meetings attended:

  • Team Meeting: 8/24
  • FPGA Training #7: 8/27
  • Team 2 Final Presentations: 8/28

Goals for the Upcoming Week:

  • Finish final report with team
  • Make final connections before end of internship!

Tasks Done:

  • Understanding Quartus calculator lab
  • Superscript sources
  • Gave feedback for teammates
  • Accepted feedback and critiques from teammates
  • Submitted headshots

#teamwork #adaptability #communication #effective-communication #appreciation #networking

Week: Final Self Assessment

Overview of Things Learned:

  • All about vaping
    • Federal restrictions on vaping
    • Types of vaping devices along with their prices
    • A history of vaping
    • Chemicals in e-cigarettes
  • How to properly collect data for a survey
  • How to analyze and refine data from a survey for analytics purposes
  • Vaping detectors
    • Different types
    • What makes each one unique
    • How to make them better
  • Research papers
    • What makes a paper good
    • How to work collectively to make a good research paper

Technical Area:

  • Quartus System
  • Basic Verilog code
  • Components of vaping detectors
  • Block diagrams
  • Ubuntu
  • Different citation and paper writing styles

Tools:

  • STEM-Away platform
  • Trello
  • Linkedin
  • G Suite (Sheets, Calendar, Forms, Docs, Meet)
  • Microsoft excel
  • Ubuntu
  • VirtualBox
  • Quartus

Soft Skills:

  • Communication with team
  • Understanding surveying techniques
  • Patience while coding
  • Taking recommendations
  • Accepting critiques
  • Giving critiques
  • Adaptation when there were a lot of problems
  • Helping my teammates when necessary
  • Keeping up with due dates
  • Self motivation

Achievement Highlights:

  • Collected 387 pieces of data
  • Analyzed and refined all the data
  • Understanding verilog code after coming in with zero experience
  • Creating personas to be published
  • Creating a survey write up to be published
  • Creating a research report to be published
  • Successfully worked with my team to have finished products.

Meetings attended:

  • Introduction to FPGA’s by Aravind Das: 7/14
  • First Team Meeting: 7/14
  • FPGA Training: 7/16
  • Vaping Team Happy Hour: 7/17
  • Team Meeting: 7/20
  • FPGA Training #2: 7/23
  • Vaping Happy Hour: 7/24
  • Team Meeting: 7/27
  • FPGA Training #3: 7/30
  • Vaping Co-Team Weekly Meeting: 8/1
  • Team Meeting: 8/3
  • FPGA Training #4: 8/6
  • Week 4 Team 1 Presentation: 8/7
  • Vaping Co-Team Weekly meeting: 8/8
  • Team Meeting: 8/10
  • VP Office Hours: 8/12
  • FPGA Training #5: 8/13
  • Vaping Co-Team Weekly Meeting: 8/15
  • Team Meeting: 8/17
  • Lab Help: 8/18
  • How to Write Papers with Dr. Mandy Pant: 8/19
  • FPGA Training #6: 8/18
  • Zoom with Soter Technologies about FlySense: 8/18
  • Vaping Co-Teem Weekly Meeting: 8/20
  • Team Meeting: 8/24
  • FPGA Training #7: 8/27
  • Team 2 Final Presentations: 8/28

Goals for the Future:

  • Get our final report to be published
  • Do a follow up survey with many students originally surveyed
  • Work with raspberry pis to create a physical vaping detector
  • Work on cost effectiveness when it comes to vaping detectors

Tasks Done:

  • Learned Verilog code
  • Worked with Quartus labs and understood calculator lab
  • Contributed to the creation of the survey to be distributed
  • Collected data and refined and analyzed it
  • Created 20 graphs and two personas based on the data
  • Researched the difference between disposables and non-disposable vaping detectors
  • Researched the steps to take to mitigate the risk of vaping
  • Researched the FlySense detector
  • Wrote the introduction for the final report
  • Cited the majority of the sources for the sruvey

#teamwork #survey #patience #constructivelycriticizing #adaptability #Self #motivation #education-level