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User:Nathan Payne

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About Me[edit]

Name: Nathan Payne

I grew up in Hailey, Idaho, which is one of three towns that compose the Wood River Valley. It's a beautiful area with a ski resort (Sun Valley) and it was there that I found my interest in nature and people. I enjoy hiking, snowboarding, many various sports, and cooking. I am an artist in many areas, primarily with paints, ceramics, and music -I play guitar for my band Quailfish- but I also pursue many types of math. I'm currently studying Environmental Resource Engineering at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.

Interests in Engineering[edit]

I love the earth and the humans that inhabit it, but we have yet to implement efficient systems of producing energy that are harmonious and not detrimental to the earth, and I hope to influence a reform towards installing these efficient systems worldwide by engineering appealing structures, devices, etc. that provide unlimited energy through our renewable resources. I have an artistic brain, but I'm also skilled with math, so I am combining my abilities into the design-orientated field that is engineering. Ultimately, I have a strong desire to improve the lack of renewable resource harvesting we currently find ourselves without.

Experience in Engineering[edit]

As a child I played with a computer program called "The Incredible Machine," which is a complex rube-goldberg simulation game. Then, in junior high school, I took an advanced-learning class in which individual groups had to engineer a roller-coaster out of plastic drinking straws. It was required to have multiple features, such as loops and a cork-screw, and finally, a marble had to be able to complete the entire coaster with its own momentum. In high school I took an architecture course that introduced me to AutoCAD. Since then I've been pursuing engineering at Humboldt State University.

Portfolio[edit]

For my Engineering 215 class, my group Greenbelt Creations constructed an interactive display that compares alternative insulation to conventional insulation. The document created for the project is located here: The Insulation Station

Also created for my project were memos, excel charts, AutoCAD drawings, and a project plan Gantt chart made using Open Pario. Below are the links to each.

Memo

Time Sheet

AutoCAD

Gantt Chart