I’ve been on the road since last Sunday, interviewing for potential job opportunities as I contemplate my transition out of graduate school and into the “real world”. I am a candidate for academic jobs, industry positions, and public service. By the time this trip is finished, I will have interviewed with at least one of each type of organization.
Tonight I am in Albuquerque, NM visiting Sandia National Lab. Sandia is well-known for its research in solar power and distributed energy. Entering Kirtland Airforce Base, where Sandia is located, I drove past an enormous solar testing facility. Based on the test set-ups I saw, I suspect researchers are comparing performance of several different kinds of solar panels under the same environmental conditions.
When my trip is concluded (and my Internet stays connected for longer than 2 minutes), I will provide a broader report on the interesting technology developments I saw at Sandia.
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