Week 2: Getting into it!

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Sunday, June 13, 2021


Karthik Rao

Hey y'all! Welcome to week 2.

This week involved getting things set up with NIST and acquiring access to their servers and secure sites. Unfortunately, I did not receive the hardware required to do so until the end of the week, so I could not make as much progress in it as I would have liked. I did gain an increased understanding of the projects I was assigned, and I presented a PowerPoint at our daily group meetings at the end of the week. The presentation summarized what I had understood so far and had questions to facilitate discussions. I hope to present at least once a week so that I can keep track of what I have been doing, and I can keep my mentors updated each week.

In terms of social activities, the highlight of the week for me was Brad’s seminar on networking. It had several useful takeaways, such as how to generate a good headshot, and how to prepare an effective elevator pitch. I am excited for this upcoming week, and I hope I can make some serious progress into my projects.

Karthik Rao (he/him/his)