The First Ever Students For Rivers Camp

was awesome! (And I slept >15h in order to recover).

Here’s a little rundown of what happened at the camp:

  • We had 28 students from 17 different countries

  • Our students studied topics ranging from industrial design to political ecology, from communications to aquatic biogeochemistry, from international relations to environmental engineering

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How to Make a Sensor (Part 4)

Welcome back to the never ending saga: Jess almost electrocutes herself.

I had the idea to create an open-sourced turbidity sensor back in February. And I started working on it! (Which you can see here) But then life got crazy (I was writing a PhD proposal, I went surfing for 2 weeks in Lombok, I went to protest some illegal dams in Romania, then I moved to Berlin and started working in an Albanian watershed).

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ENGINEERING MYTH: Is Hydropower a Renewable Energy?

We're spending this week in beautiful Romania! Kayaking, fishing and drinking with locals, checking out illegal dams, speaking with mayors from small villages, and enjoying what the Earth has to offer.

Romania is the first place in Europe that I’ve been that has beautiful stretches of untouched forests, rivers, mountains, etc. Truly spectacular and reminded me a lot of Canada.

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Why am I Building a Turbidity Sensor?

I just spent an entire month writing a grant proposal for a PhD project to develop my very own open-sourced, affordable, turbidity sensor.

Current available sensors cost around 10,000-100,000EUR. Monitoring turbidity in a river can give you information on the total suspended sediment in the water, but why else is this parameter important?

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How to Make a Sensor (Part 2)

Picture me: young, naive, picking up a soldering iron for the first time.

“This is gonna be fun!” I said. And everyone watching me is thinking “she has no idea what she’s getting herself into.” And you know what? I didn’t. Not only because I actually have no idea how to build anything with electronics, but also I though soldering would be easy?? It’s not. Soldering is not easy. Or at least, it takes a lot of practice. And that’s something I definitely got today. Practice.

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How to Make a Sensor (Part 1)

Honestly, I don’t know how to do this! And that’s exactly why I wanted to start this series. Electronics are intimidating, and I’m no genius. But I’m going to figure out how to make a sensor, so why not document it? My hope is to 1) create valuable content and 2) show others that I actually have no idea what I’m doing. But if I can figure it out then so can you!

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Explaining my Master's Thesis in Mechanical Engineering

Questions I get often:

  1. Where are you from?

  2. How old are you?

  3. What did you study?

The last one is actually a good question and I can see why people are confused over my background. I studied aeronautical/mechanical engineering with a focus on combustion BUT now I’m working with sensors but as an environmental engineer at an ecological institute in Berlin AND Albania (??).

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