A difficult project is that which engages your prioritization, time management and team skills. A project may usually be described difficult when it is directly related to funds, timeline, objectives, and so on. But for me, the real difficulty comes into play when you start working on it. I mentioned prioritization earlier because it's one of the main factors to a successful project. Being able to prioritize would lessen wasted time. Another is time management. I remember back in college when I was working on a group project, it's a challenge on how you should manage your time between academics and the school project. It was one of the things that thought me a lot during the whole process of the one year project I had. And finally is team skills. This is the most important for me. It's because of the challenges that awaits in dealing with different personality types. I remembered being leader on the group project I told you earlier, I had no total experience in leadership and this gave me an overwhelming feeling on how to lead the team. I have learned a lot during this phase in my life. That it is extremely important to be able to mend with different people in achieving common goals. I overcame all difficulties because of the team I had work with. The team though me a lot about leadership, how to navigate the team project, visualize, plan and finally execute. Prioritization, Time Management and Team Skills helped me realized the in overcoming difficulties no matter what project lies ahead.
Our project is a balloon powered car as a team we cooperate in order to build the best balloon car that we can make.
It is when you are assigned to lead a group of people and they're not interested in following your orders. To prevent conflict in our groups, i'll have to talk to them on how they want to do the job, and if it wont cause any harm in the company, ill accept it and give it a try.
For our senior design project we where tasked with developing a unmanned aircraft system for the Department of homeland security that had to incorporate a 6KW diesel and weigh less than 55lbs.
During the initial design phase the we had set the diesel generator to be part of the ground station as the weight of the generator could would exceed the 55 lb weight limit. We asked for clarification on this issue and were told the generator would weigh 11lbs.
I had to redesign the aircraft control surfaces and perform another aircraft stability analysis to meet the customers requirements.
What new engineering specialty skills have you developed during the past year?
When we were in the middle of thesis project about automated heat exchanger which reduces co2 level in a room when it reaches a certain volume, one of our group mates have shifted to another program because of his general average. That time, all of the works are evenly distributed with the five of us. So we were having a hard time coping with his assigned work. What we did was we rearranged the work load and review every details of each other’s work, in that way, we understand the importance of flexibility by knowing the whole work itself rather than taking only a part of the work then combine it together.