More Data, Smaller Technology
Howdy! My name is Austin Willis and I am a Junior Industrial Distribution major at Texas A&M University. I have been a Business Development Intern at JBKnowledge, Inc. for almost a month now and WOW I’ve learned a lot already.
Until last semester, all I had ever wanted to be was a doctor. After realizing I enjoyed my business classes much more than organic chemistry (shocker, I know), I switched to industrial distribution, which combines aspects of science and business. I plan on pursuing a Master of Finance post graduation, so finding this internship and being able to have an experience that allows me to have an impact on the company, as well as see the behind the scenes of a corporate headquarters, is incredible.
So far, I have already learned a lot about the overall strategy it takes to run a business, and I’ve improved my communication skills by being challenged to think in a more creative way. JBKnowledge, Inc. really pushes its employees to be creative and I’m constantly learning about the advances in technology that are being made daily.
I have recently started pursuing photography as a hobby, and have noticed the technology surrounding that field is changing rapidly. In the past few years, data storage devices have gotten smaller and smaller, but have been able to hold exponentially more data than 5-10 years ago. I was able to buy a 16GB SD card for my camera for only $10. Ten years ago that would’ve cost over $100 and would have been much harder to find. USB flash drives are also becoming so small that they can fit into a USB port and barely extend out of the slot (7 mm in some cases). It’s incredible that something the size of a thumbtack and the price of a dinner for 2 at Applebee’s can hold over 10,000 pictures.
With photography devices being made smaller and more efficient, that also includes new possibilities for data storage in many industries. Scientists have recently developed nanoscale memory devices that could lead to even smaller pieces of technology as tiny as 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.
Changes in technology that I can physically see and use in my daily activities is one reason why I am really excited to continue this internship with JBKnowledge, and I look forward to learning more about the construction industry, business development, and how technology continues to push the boundaries.