User:Suzhou

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About Me

I am currently a student of the Class of 2018 in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. Although I am not completely sure of what I want to major in, I am planning to major in Biomedical Engineering right now.

Biography

I was born in China in the year 1997 and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina at age 3. After attending preschool in North Carolina, my family moved to Miami, Florida, where I attended elementary school. In the second grade, I began to play the violin. And although I will never reach the level of professional violinists, I never plan to stop playing the violin. At the beginning of the sixth grade, my family then moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina where they have been living ever since. There, I attended middle school and graduated from Terry Sanford High School. Now, I attend Duke University, the best university ever known to any creature in the universe.

Hobbies

  • I play the violin.
  • I like working with computers, including working with both hardware and software.
  • I enjoy watching movies, especially classics such as: Forrest Gump and Anchorman.

Grand Challenges of Engineering

Article

This article is on one of the Grand Challenges of Engineering: making solar energy economical. It talks about a material, perovskite, that could be used as cheap solar cells; however, there are issues with this material, such as efficiency and toxicity. Read the article below to find out more:

MATLAB

Favorite Demonstration: Loma Prieta Earthquake

My favorite demonstration is the example of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. I found it very interesting that, by simply taking data points recorded from an earthquake, a user could use MATLAB to generate a graph of the acceleration of the shock that came from the earthquake. The three sets of data show different planes of acceleration: North-South, East-West, and vertical acceleration. By continuing to manipulate the data and generate different plots, the user can further plot the position of the shock in each of the three planes. Finally, the user can combine the three sets of data and create a three dimensional representation of the position of the shock. Furthermore, the user can then analyze the graph and the data to visualize the velocity of the earthquake's shock.

Signature

Suzhou (talk) 17:16, 14 September 2014 (EDT)