Laura Lindzey

robots, science, code

Touring UTIG's Airplane

February 27, 2016

Picture of JKB taxiing in front of Erebus

Don Blankenship's research group at UTIG has been collecting geophysical data in Antarctica for decades. Each season, we hire Kenn Borek Air1 to operate one of their modified airplanes, stuff it full of sensors, and fly around Antarctica. This post attempts to give a tour of the hardware involved, with an emphasis on its scientific purpose and a detour through Antarctic logistics. Read on →

Penguins Visit Zhongshan

January 20, 2016

I woke up to hear the magic word “penguins” in the dorm hallway, so I grabbed my camera and ran down to the shore, which led to a lovely afternoon spent following them around the station. This was all in accordance with my research group's official "penguin policy" stating that penguin sightings have priority over anything but a flight. Read on →

Xuelong: 2.5 Weeks on an Icebreaker

January 07, 2016

We left the Xuelong for Zhongshan station a month ago, but we've been so busy since then it feels like much longer. I've finally gotten enough time to put together some pictures from our remarkably enjoyable and relaxing time on the boat. Read on →

Apostasy, Step 1: Surviving Vim

October 17, 2015

My colleagues objected to installing emacs on our robot and I find nano woefully insufficient, so I finally admitted that I have to learn vim. Until recently, all I knew was :q!, and I used it with extreme prejudice. Read on →

A Brief Introduction to Ice-Penetrating Radar

July 27, 2015


I've been working with ice-penetrating radar data for years, and I still think it's so flipping cool that we can see through kilometers of ice using radar. This is possible because ice is mostly transparent to electromagnetic energy at radar frequencies. We see reflections at the air/ice interface, within the ice where its properties change, and at the ice/rock (or ice/water) interface. Read on →

What does networking look like?

November 11, 2014

As a student, I often heard that "networking" was the way to get a job. I didn't have a clear picture of what it involved, other than the oft-cited advice of "invite people at your target company out for an informational interview over coffee." The idea of setting up a coffee date with a stranger just because they work at a company that I'm interested in felt devious and mercenary and awkward - as though I wouldn't be straight-up asking for a job, but kinda-sorta hoping that they'd submit my name. I wish I'd had better examples of what networking looked like, or how it could lead to a job. Read on →

A Visual Chronology of Robots

November 01, 2014

I was just updating my official resume, and felt like making a more fun version. Here are all of the robots that I’ve worked with and could find pictures of. In chronological order:

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Features of a Successful Internship

October 28, 2014

Between my MS and starting a PhD, I did a few internships. One in particular stood out as a fantastic experience, and I've been thinking about what they did so right. Read on →

Would I do Hacker School Again?

October 19, 2014

Towards the end of our interview for the Hacker School study, Leah asked me an interesting question: Would you want to do Hacker School again?

And, my answer is: I loved it, but no, not right now. Programming is no longer the thing I struggle most with. Read on →


September 04, 2014

My most sustained project at Hacker School was working through NAND2tetris. I finished the whole course, with the exception of chapter 9, because I figured I didn’t need to write a game in Jack when I’d have to write an OS in it later. After seeing a current student ask for peoples’ experiences with the course, I realized that I had more to say than could fit easily in the HS chat program. Read on →