CSO's Office - Ensign Belmont Reporting For Duty

Posted May 25, 2021, 6:41 p.m. by Ensign V'alura Belmont (Science Officer) (Abigail G)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Sharah Fayth (Chief Science Officer) in CSO’s Office - Ensign Belmont Reporting For Duty

Posted by Ensign V’alura Belmont (Science Officer) in CSO’s Office - Ensign Belmont Reporting For Duty

Sharah nodded. “But after that, ensign what would you do in here? This is the lab where all of our AI and computer engineering happens. Of course ship’s business and orders come first but that always leaves time for your own projects. So what would you do?”
Lt jg Fayth CSO

What would she do? Oh, that was easy. V’alura knew her answer without having to think about it. “I would continue the work I started for my dissertation. Much of it was theoretical or a narrow example of what could be accomplished. I plan to break down my foundation into smaller pieces then focus on making that small bit a reality.” There was so much to achieve, lives that could be saved if ship AI were able to discern danger and act in the safety of the crew. A ship that could raise shields before the need of a manual command alone could save hundreds if not thousands of lives. “Aside from that I have ideas for an AI system that scans our archives back-log to create automatic priority lists. A whole list of recreational holodeck programs. My ideas for new hardware designs for microprocessors. . . Um, and so on.” She finished with a sheepish smile.

She was, as one would call, an overachiever. Always aiming higher and higher, but organized and smart enough to see her plans and ideas to fruition. Her dissertation alone was five hundred and ten pages. Her Ph.D. advisor said he would have been annoyed with the length if her paper wasn’t so engagingly thorough.

Ensign Belmont (science)

Sharah nodded slowly. The project of course had merit but a lot of potential for misstep and ‘accidents.’ “That sounds promising. A full proposal and a threat assessment would have to completed. As well as complete analysis of the AI to ensure it doesn’t break the synthetic life form restrictions. But En Belmont, what do you think? Could you work this lab?”
OOC: So the synthetic life form restrictions she is referring to has to do with ST: Picard. As of this year 2397 all synthetic life forms/AIs have been banned.
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

“Absolutely.” V’alura said, having no argument there. “I run all my AI through Braunen’s AI Test, even the simple ones.” There was so much potential, but also a million and one ways AI could go pear-shaped. The new rules and restrictions were drilled into her throughout her Masters and Ph.D. coursework. Along with every test conceived to ensure no AI could accidentally reach that stage. There were some in the field who bridled under the restrictions, but V’alura was not one of them. She didn’t enter the field to play god. “I can, ma’am, and I promise to give you and the Ark Angel my best.”

ooc: Thank you for the heads up! I haven’t seen any of the ST: Picard episodes.

OOC: I haven’t seen all of it but that is the biggest thing (rules/regulation wise) that affects the RP right now. I’m sure memory alpha probably has more info about it. :)
Ensign Belmont (science)

Sharah nodded and looked around at the lab staff meeting each of their gazes. Her gaze returned to Belmont. “Glad to hear it En. You will start on alpha shift tomorrow as the new head of the cybernetics lab. You will be responsible for over seeing the varying projects, minor scheduling as it pertains to lab equipment, prolonged testing, etc, and keeping the lab reports up to date. That includes updates on experiments, equipment needs, and safety inspections.” She waved out of the lab and started walking back to the main office. “Questions, comments, concerns?”
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

V’alura blinked once, then twice her expression blank as she processed Fayth’s words. V’alura had just enough time to craft her response of surprised gratitude before following after her CSO in a daze. Head of the cybernetics lab. It made sense, if she thought about it logically, but she certainly wasn’t expecting it! V’alura schooled her expression towards something more professional and less, well, shocked. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, her momma would say.

“All of the above?” V’alura answered, still gathering her thoughts, “Do I get my own office? I’m honored to accept the position. Is there any areas of the lab that need immediate attention? Equipment or experiment wise?” Meanwhile her mind was already at work, creating mental lists of tasks to complete. Her lists included introductions to the current staff working in the lab, catching herself up on every experiment and every other task and duty Fayth mentioned until she had her entire shift planned and structured for maximum efficiency and work flow.

Sharah listened, understanding the need for rapid fire questions in order to wrap your mind around new information. Her mind ran at warp speeds, and not just with her own thoughts. The lab crew was happy with the decision, all of them more than well aware of V’alura’s credentials. They were a matter of open access on her personnel file that anyone could access. And they were all more than impressed by her work. Sharah wouldn’t have offered her the position otherwise. “I run a very large department Ensign and I have a policy of open communication. Example: everyone in the cybernetics lab is aware of your dissertation and your work. They all had a vote in how they felt about you taking over, and you impressed them to the person with your analysis. I expect, that when you choose someone for a project you are clear and open about why you choose them. In turn I expect them to respect your decision. If there is a problem there are proper channels to deal with such, but I don’t foresee that happening. There is no office, but there is a desk space in the back of the lab for your use. As for your other questions, that would be for you to ask your staff,” Fayth grinned. “All reports are saved on the console and are automatically to my terminal as they are filed. You can determine how to do this. If you want to assign someone else or have them report to you. They are a good staff and will work for you.”

It would no doubt be a busy day, but she was excited for it. Along with a confidence that she’ll quickly earn the trust of the lab’s current staff. If not with her expertise and knowledge, then with her natural charisma.

Ensign Belmont (science)

“One other thing, En Belmont. We have one of the largest departments on the ship. Half of us are civilian, and a good portion of the other half will out rank you. We don’t work on rank in this department. I’m a jr Lt and the Chief. I have full Cmdrs that work under me. You are an En and have higher ranks under you. In this department we work based on our experience, credentials, and skills. Don’t let the pips or lack there of intimidate you. And if you need anything on duty or off, just tell me.”
Lt jg Fayth, CSO

Wow. This was a lot to take in at once. Again! V’alura cycled through several emotions (pride, humility, shock, ectra) before returning to her earlier excitement. For so much of her life she was an actress first, and a scientist second. Neither side received anything less than her best, but the latter was often put after the former. It felt. . . right, to finally let Scientist V’alura receive the spotlight. “Of course. You have my word.” She liked the policy, and was happy to uphold it. It was honestly a fresh of breath air, the transparency and removal from the rigid hierarchy of rank and seniority. It was also a relief to already have staff’s respect, she’ll work hard to keep it. The lack of an office wasn’t even a bummer, though she did like the sound of guaranteed desk space.

And it’ll be nice to be free of rank within the labs, the goal the pursuit and advancement of science. V’alura smiled, “I’ll do just that, and thank you. I’m sure I’ll be asking a lot of questions while I settle in.”

Ensign Belmont (Science)

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