Michael Wymer determines drag coefficient for conceptual hybrid wind & wave offshore structure.
An example of a hybrid wind and wave offshore structure

The skills and experiences you gain from being here is definitely not something you can get by spending your summer in America.

 

Hybrid Wind and Wave Structure

Michael Wymer’s objective for the summer was to use commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to determine the drag coefficient for both the underwater and above water sections of the Korean Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering’s (KRISO) new conceptual hybrid wind and wave offshore structure. Since his background contained no CFD knowledge, he started from scratch, first learning the proper theory and then delving into the actual simulations.

Learning from Mistakes

There were several difficulties he experienced while living and working in Korea, but Michael was proud to learn from his minor mistakes and miscommunications. He says, “My first business trip was just down the road from KAIST University, but due to a misunderstanding about directions and travel time and my lack of previous experience taking a public bus, I ended up making what should have been a 10 minute bus ride into an adventure across the entire city!”

Socializing in Korea

Michael explains that the best decision he made while in Korea was to join the company baseball club. While actually getting to play baseball with that group of guys was fun, he says, “The most enjoyable part was getting to spend time with all of them after work and on the weekends. Despite the youngest on the team being almost twice my age, they welcomed me in and treated me just like one of the guys.”

Importance of Working Abroad

Returning home, Michael started to fully realize how important the trip had been in growing as a person. He remarks, "I am very thankful to have had this opportunity. I consider my time here in Korea to have been nothing short of amazing. The skills and experiences you gain from being here is definitely not something you can get by spending your summer in America."

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