Feb 052017

Planned action items

The plan was this week to finish off where I left reading from Wusatowski assigned by Anand. After that, get a head start on the recent publications from the lab. Also, I was supposed to make the personal presentation this week.

Achieved action items

This week was just to learn more about the hot rolling process and the different parameters involved.

  • More on recrystallization and different kings
  • Hot rolling and different conditions required.
  • Equipment required and various conditions that these must go through
  • Importance of different mechanisms such as grain growth and strain hardening
  • Constant volume law and its modifications during plastic deformations
  • Importance of IDEM – Integrated Design Exploration Method
  • Hot rolling in context of gear manufacturing
  • Importance of managing uncertainties
  • PowerPoint skills

Value gained

I found that this week I delved into more details of the hot rolling process. I am trying to copy down everything that I find interesting or useful in my notebook – explaining it as simply as possible and writing full sentences.

Still, I find the numbers in the papers hard to follow. Although, I have been trying to comprehend it as much as possible.

This week I had an opportunity to get creative with my presentation. I had not made a presentation since an year. Therefore, I watched a few videos on YouTube and Lynda to learn more about ways to get creative with PowerPoint and grab attention.


Table 2: Self-evaluation

Competencies that you wanted to develop and the progress in that

  • Get better at deep reading a text
  • Get better at reading research papers
  • Better at making PowerPoints.

Lessons learned (from modeling side, based on papers read and any minute information that you found useful and new)

I found that I am a visual learner. This is why I tried to watch some videos (NPTEL) on things like recrystallization. These help to give me a visualization of what I am reading and helps me learn better.

I need to stay focused on my goal and get rid of numerous distractions.

Overall feeling (was there too much work load and any changes that you prefer)

I need to learn to understand numbers. This was the same when I was reading Anand’s paper as well, I found it hard to follow the calculations leading up to cDSP. Once Anand is done with his papers, I want to learn as much as possible about cDSP.

It was fun to present to the family. Thank you for letting me do that. I was able to reflect back on the various things I had done in the past and the great changes they have brought in me.

Pranav Mohan

Change and progress are two words that define my character and my ultimate goals. I have a vision to bring a global change by targeting the psychology, because that is the easiest to change. My aim is to incur a self-progressive routine for myself and then help the people around me to progress themselves. In my perspective, walking towards a defined target should be everyone’s goal while keeping in mind that things don’t go as planned but still the target should remain unchanged.

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