ERIP Students’ blog

Debating the existence of Switzerland


At the time of application for this internship, I knew of two things: one, it in Lausanne, Switzerland, and two, they spoke French there. Despite the weeks of research I did on EPFL I somehow forgot to google Lausanne. The acceptance letter arrived at the end of January. To my relief, I was no longer (…)

I have found my second home.


Upon arrival I was settled with a lovely Cypriote woman in St Prex who would become my second mom. Here’s why. On nights out with friends, I would occasionally miss the last train back home and she will be a call away to pick me up, something that not even my mom would do. Also (…)

Research and life in Confoederatio Helvetica


When I first saw the address for EPFL on paper: Route CantonaleCH- 1015 Lausanne I wondered, how C.H. could be an abbreviation for Switzerland? After some research I found that it stands for Confoederatio Helvetica. Which, still made little sense. Now, after spending the last 3 months in Lausanne, I understand. The latin name preserves (…)

Research internship in Lausanne ? Yes, please!


I had been working with a Professor back at MIT for quite some time in various capacities and I was fortunate enough to notice the EPFL Research Internship info-session around the time he inquired what my summer plans were. It was a no-brainer at the time, and proved to be one of my best internship experiences (…)

While in Switzerland


I worked at the Laboratory for Multiscale Mechanics Modeling (LAMMM), under the supervision of professor William Curtin. Since the LAMMM lab’s work is very theoretical and computational and requires a lot of experience, they usually do not take summer interns. I was honored to be the first ever undergrad to work there. At first I (…)

Life after Switzerland


I spent 6 months in Lausanne, Switzerland working as a research intern in the Reconfigurable Robotics Lab at EPFL, from June to December 2014. Looking back at this time spent in one of the most beautiful countries on Earth, I find myself at a loss of words to describe it. (I’m an engineer, words are (…)