About Me

Welcome to my website! My name is Sydney Dolan. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Reliable Autonomous systems Lab at MIT (REALM) in the AeroAstro Department at MIT . This is my personal website, where I post the status of my side projects, research, and hobbies. On this website you can find my educational and work experience, as well as my contact information, which serves to supplement my resume. For all professional and personal inquiries, see the information on my contact page.

4 Ways That Running A 50 Miler Was A Lot Like Writing My Masters Thesis

When I tell other graduate students I like to run ultramarathons, they ask why I would ever do something so long and pointless. Irony aside, instead of writing a traditional race report, I had a fun time thinking about how running the Dirty German 50 Miler this past weekend was similar to my experience writing… Continue reading 4 Ways That Running A 50 Miler Was A Lot Like Writing My Masters Thesis

My Informal Guide to Utah

I started graduate school in August 2019, which makes this year the first time I’ve had a legitimate spring break. It also marks the first time I learned that grad students don’t get a spring break because “SpRinG BrEaK iS nOT A ReSeArCH HoLidAY.” Therefore, for all intents and purposes, this is only a hypothetical… Continue reading My Informal Guide to Utah

How To Change Advisors In Graduate School (with pictures) (jk I was too lazy to make pictures)

When I was first looking at switching labs and consulted my age old friend Google, I did not see a lot of relevant results. So, for any other anxious graduate student that is considering switching labs and wants steps and an email template of what to send, hopefully this article helps. As is said over… Continue reading How To Change Advisors In Graduate School (with pictures) (jk I was too lazy to make pictures)

Answering Questions That Kids Ask Me About Aerospace Engineering that I was Definitely Never Taught But Now Know

Why is space black? Well first lets talk about what we do know, why is the sky blue. The sky is blue because light from the sun hits molecules in Earth’s atmosphere and scatters off in all directions. Blue light is scattered more than other colors because it travels in shorter, smaller waves. At night,… Continue reading Answering Questions That Kids Ask Me About Aerospace Engineering that I was Definitely Never Taught But Now Know

Analyzing My Carbon Footprint

Pre-pandemic, I loved airports. Gazing at all the planes, seeing the people load and unload luggage, it is so inspiring to think about the engineering and reliability that goes into planes. Presently, the amount of time I’ve been spending in airports has me horrified with the sheer amount of dubious mask wearing. I’ve had to… Continue reading Analyzing My Carbon Footprint

On Volunteering as a HAM Radio Operator for Hardrock 100

This past month I had the opportunity to be a Communications volunteer for the Hardrock 100 race. When I searched for more information about what this sort of role entails, especially on the Ultra Scene, my search came up short. Hopefully this will provide some helpful information about what to expect when you volunteer to… Continue reading On Volunteering as a HAM Radio Operator for Hardrock 100