The Known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land. -T.H. Huxley, 1887
I used to have this page linked to my myspace account. I thought that was lame, so here is a better simpler format. My name is Eric Jacob. I am a PhD student at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI). I am studying Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics. I should finish my PhD by December 2008. I am also working towards a M.S. in Mathematics which I hope to complete by May 2009. After that I have no idea, whatever I can do to change the world.
I have a few degrees and I have won a few awards for my work, sometimes with the help of others. Here they are:
Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering
Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Tennessee Space Institute
AIAA Top Masters Student Technical Paper 2007 Southeast Region Conference
AIAA Gordon C. Oates Graduate Award for Air Breathing Propulsion (2008)
In the fall of 2007 I lived in Goettingen, Germany for about 5 months. There I worked for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) along with Dr. Sean Fischbach, my colleage at UTSI. I worked under the guidance of Daniel Banuti, an old friend of mine who once studied at UTSI. The entire tale is logged in blog format here: VOTE ENGINEER Although, I will warn you, most of the posts are about drinking beer. The entire trip was fantastic. We were able to see a lot of Germany. Most notable was our trip to Peenemunde, where Wernher Von Braun worked and launched the first rocket into space. Luckily we were able to stand on the very location where that rocket was launched. It gives me goose bumps thinking about it. Otherwise, living in a foreign country put me a little outside my comfort zone which, although it can be uncomfortable, it allows you to grow. I am looking forward to living or studying abroad in the future.
I am maintaining an additional blog, I ONLY READ THE ARTICLES, which is a collaborative effort by Josh Batterson, a fellow PhD student here at UTSI, and myself (and really whoever else wants to contribute). This blog is dedicate to more of a philosophical - societal commentary. Allowing us to vent our opinions.
Additionally, we have started a group here at UTSI called the DEAD ENGINEERS SOCIETY. The idea behind it being that many of us have specific knowledge that we have taken the time to acquire. Many of us students have similar but different research topics and we may benefit from sharing this knowledge. And since it generally seems quicker to learn via teaching than self study, we would assist one another by giving presentations on whatever it is that we know. In the end these presentations can be recorded and placed online so that everyone can benefit.
In my free time I like to bike, lift weights, play sports, read, write, paint or sculpt, and play games. I am skilled with hands on projects and my site reflects that. I hope to add more information to fill in the gaps on this site. Thank you for watching.