Maring biology experiments
At the Environmental Microfluidics lab in ETH Zurich, MIT Mechanical Engineering student Cameron Arnet assisted in the design and manufacturing of a device for marine biology experiments. His specific role was dedicated to the circuitry and assembly of the device. “Although I hadn’t taken a formal class on circuitry prior to starting the project,” he explains, “knowing how to remain flexible and adaptable allowed me to learn on the job.” Cameron also worked on a project dedicated to the development of a control system to better analyze marine particulate in a lab setting.
Adjusting to a foreign environment
“The language barrier was a challenge at first,” Cameron shares. While prior experience through MIT-Africa prepared him for adjusting in a foreign environment, he had never worked in a country where English is not the first language. “The lab was generally international, but knowing German for activities like walking around the city, asking directions and reading signs was very helpful!”
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Looking to the future
While MIT focuses on hands-on learning, Cameron’s summer of applying theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting has left him more excited about his future. “Working in a biochemistry lab has also compelled me to expand my field of knowledge outside of mechanical engineering,” he says. “I am more motivated to apply my education to a societally impactful project.”