|This is my student ID. P/G stands for Post Graduate, the term for Graduate students over here. Remember the dates go DAY/MONTH/YEAR, so its only valid until January 8, 2016|
I then walked to my office in the IMC (International Manufacturing Centre) building and called my advisor, Jay Bal, to speak with him about my project. I went over to his building, IDL (International Digital Laboratory), which is right next door to the IMC. There, we talked for about two hours about ideas for my EngD and where I will be starting.
I will be starting this week doing a literature review on what is going on in the area of open source hardware design. Similar to the ideas of open source programming (like Linux), open source hardware design would be looking at the design of a product and contributing all sorts of perspectives to the design to optimize it. I will eventually be using the Formula One SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition here at the University as a case study for this. Part of what I will be looking at as well will be the aspect of e-learning and how it can apply to open source hardware design. I think what I have been doing previously at IUPUI with the online course development might give me some neat insight on this, but I also was given several directives from Dr. Bal that I will be exploring this week and seeing where it leads me.
I am excited for this program. It was really stressed today that this degree will be what I make of it. I plan to make something really worthwhile and useful. :)
Ok, I'm going to try to get some sleep now. Hopefully my body starts to adjust to the local time soon.