2017: Jumpei Nomura


Jumpei Nomura
Home University: Hiroshima University
Field of Study: Vehicle and Environmental Systems
Status: B3   Expected Graduation: March 2019
Research Host Lab: Prof. Andrew Meade, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Why Nakatani RIES?
I’m sure that participating in this program will give me a great opportunity to experience and learn in a new environment and unique cultural circumstances. This will be a beneficial experience toward my ultimate goals of getting a master’s degree in the U.S. and working internationally in the aeronautical industry. I’m looking forward to conducting hands-on research at Rice since Rice University has made a lot of distinctive impacts in the world as a leading research institution. I want to know what the world’s leading research is like by working with the excellent students at Rice University.

In addition to that, I want to experience the American education system. When I was a freshman, I visited the U.S. and found that American people express their opinions clearly and strongly even when they are minority opinions. Unfortunately, this is lacking for most Japanese students. This is partly because most Japanese students are shy. The main reason, however, is we don’t have enough opportunities where we can express our opinions in front of others within Japanese education system. But the American education system is different from Japanese education system. I believe that working and discussing with students at Rice University will improve my communication and presentation skills. This program will not only provide me with skills and experiences to achieve my future goals, but also enable me to collaborate with various researchers in an international research atmosphere. I’m sure that participating in this research internship will be a significant step to realize my academic and career goals.

Goals for the Summer

  • Know what actually hands-on research is.
  • Learn as much as possible and widen my perspectives.
  • Improve my English writing and communication skills.
  • Enjoy my stay in Texas.

Excerpts from Jumpei’s Weekly Reports

Week 01: Arrival in the U.S.

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Week 02: First Week in My Research Lab at Rice

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Week 03: Interview with a U.S. Researcher

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Week 04: Reflections on English Language & Life in the U.S.

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Week 05: Research in the U.S. vs. Research in Japan

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Week 06: Final Week at Rice & Research Poster Presentation

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Week 07: Visit to Washington D.C. and New York City

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Final Report & Tips for Future Participants

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