Hello Dr. Ferrar, classmates, and anyone else that may find this blog. I would like to start off by apologizing for the appearance of this site; at the time of this post I have had limited experience with WordPress formatting and will continue to develop that skill as the semester moves forward. Although it is tempting to purchase the premium membership for full control of this page, I will give myself a bit more time to adjust to the formatting aspect of the blog.
My name is Timothy McMullen, and I am a mechanical engineering major here at Temple University. I have taken what you may refer to as “the scenic route” during the course of my college education, and only in the last few years did I finally discover an area of study that I would end up immersing myself in. Directly out of high school, I had no idea what course of action to take regarding my future, and so I enrolled in Bucks County Community College to take general emphasis courses, with a focus in music technology (I was in a few bands at the time). Working and making money would take my focus off of school though, and after a few years I graduated with a relatively useless (relatively because thanks to my BCCC degree, I would not ever have to take a Gen Ed course at TU) Associate’s Degree.
Fast forward a few more years, and I found that my well-paying management job at a beer distributor was not going to be enough for me to attain some of the goals that I hoped to accomplish. I always had a fascination with aviation, and found the job that forensic investigators with the National Transportation Bureau of Safety (NTSB) to be especially important when investigating accidents. NTSB agents are responsible for literally piecing together enormous vessels that have been decimated by unfathomable forces, and then identifying what sometimes turns out to be a seemingly minuscule oversight in design or an unnoticed component in need of maintenance. With this admiration in mind, I would read more and more about aviation and specifically the development and specifications of jet-powered commercial aircraft.
This fascination and research eventually led me to mechanical engineering, and when someone close to me suggested that I go back to school and seek a degree in the field, I jumped at the opportunity. I spent a semester at Temple University Japan in Tokyo, retaking some math courses and college-level writing courses while living in one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. When I came back to the States I was admitted into the same College of Engineering major that my younger brother (unbeknownst to me) was attending. Having someone in my immediate family that shared the same passion as myself was a great boost for my ability to learn material and develop ideas, as it frequently enabled us to engage in intelligent and problem-solving conversations.
With this semester underway, I am hoping to use this blog to discuss the applications of the Fluid Dynamics and Linear Systems courses taught by Dr. Ferrar to each other and to aerospace engineering, which coincidentally turns out to be his specific area of research. I have come a long way since taking Introduction to Music Technology courses at BCCC. I am looking forward to working with you, my classmates, this semester, and continuing my journey towards the sky, both literally and figuratively.
Thank you for reading,