LRRD at the U of I Engineering Open House

LRRD at the U of I Engineering Open House

Last week we joined students and faculty from the top-rated College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana for an Open House. Thousands of people, many of them schoolchildren, visited the world-class Ven T. Chow Hydrosystems Lab.  We set up one...

We release our first Em3

We release our first Em3

We sent our first Em3 into the wild last week. Kevin Brewer, a professor at Olivet Nazarene University, drove down to Carbondale from Bourbonnais, Ill. to pick it up. We’ve spent a lot of hours over the past year designing, redesigning, building, and testing the...

Amazing last day of AGU 2011.

Amazing last day of AGU 2011.

Today we finished an amazing five days at AGU in San Francisco. We planned for months.   Meriam, Lily, Christina, and Alee took care of complex logistics.  Nathan, Jim,  and I built and packed parts for the new Em3. We worked together when a shipper lost half our...

AGU Day One, we dodge lightning.

AGU Day One, we dodge lightning.

We went to bed last night after arranging plans B, C, and others for our lost plastic media, including coffee grounds and plastic shipped up from Long Beach. Here you see the happy, frantic unpacking of the lost shipment this morning, ten minutes before the exhibits...

Lightning strikes us at AGU.

Lightning strikes us at AGU.

  The Fall AGU Meeting in San Francisco is amazing. Twenty thousand students and scientists from all over the world. We’ve wanted to be here for years, but it’s so expensive. About $15,000 for a booth, with all expenses accounted for. We’re...