by Forrest Sheng Bao http://fsbao.net
We are now the winner of Research Enrichment Fund Grant Competition of Texas Tech 2007. The total amount is $35,000, including my salary and travel expenses.
Although this grant is available for 1 and a half year, since I spend less than 1, 000 dollars per month, I don't need to look for money in the next 3 years till I get my PhD degree on Computer Science and MSc on Electrical Engineering. My salary now increases to $1,700/mo.
Neat! It's really neat. I can live on my intelligence and doing research I like without worrying about hunger. I love "Republic of Texas". Since I moved to Texas 3 months ago, I have got a $25, 000 scholarship and this $35, 000 research grant. Since the policy of State of Texas to attract human resources, I don't need to pay Texas state tax in the next 5 years. I would like to be a graduate student all my life. It is really important to keep graduate student above property line, o/w it is impossible for them to focus on research but other life issues. I had a friend in China who gets only 400 bulks in 3 months from his supervisor. Man, I wanna ask his supervisor "Are you going to let your student do research or not?" Someone in somewhere is really talking about "mission impossible"- to build a first tie university in the world without paying graduate students the stipend higher than minimum social security benefit.
Hmm, I am rich now. I plan to purchase a Chevrolet gas-free hybrid-model car, using ethanol, rechargable battery and fuel cell. It's only $10, 000.
I plan to engineer it using solar cells. Even I wanna apply AI techniques to improve its energy efficiency. This is a candidate topic on which I plan to earn my PhD on Electrical Engineering. It is a faith in my heart that biomedical engineering and green energy are field with great expectation of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. So I decided to ask the sales representative of Chevrolet, "Do you open source your car? What microprocessor do you use on your car?" I want this car which is the most advanced toy I can afford. It is much funnier than LEGO robot. When I was in the high school, I programmed LEGO MCU in LabVIEW(the LabVIEW modified by LEGO from National Instruments) to control a mechanical arm through motors so that the robot can shot basketball. I am no more a kid so it is not fun to me now. I need some high-tech one. Since I watched the sci-fi TV show "Knight Rider", I wanted to have a car armed by AI and running on endless energy. Since I watched the environmentalist cartoon "Captain Planet and the Planeteers", I wanted to contribute the environmental protection. I still remember the words of Captain Planet: "By YOUR powers combined, I am Captain Planet!"
This is the power of the dream. Many animals standing on the ground by 4 arms/legs. We just need 2 legs because we have dream, the most powerful crutch. We stand on the ground not by legs, but by dreams. Dreaming, makes us different from our monkey relatives. Do you like dreaming? If you like, go to study engineering to "fly yourself". Engineering our dreams!
So we should thank God to empowering us the ability to dream.
Thanks God, for giving me the chance, when I was a kid, to not study hard but watch "Knight Rider" or "Captain Planet and Planeteers", clarifying me the meaning and motivation of my life rather than losting my live in straight-A records.
Thanks God, for giving us the food.
Thanks God, for giving us the land, the Promised Land, the Land in God We Trust.
Thanks God, for giving us the chance to understand the mythic universe you created.
Thanks God, for giving us the possibility to create an intelligent system to honor your glory.
And finally, I pray again to you to endow me a beautiful wife.
by Forrest Sheng Bao http://fsbao.net