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Chester Pham '18

Bachelor of Science 2018 - Nano & Molecular Engineering Option

I became interested in ChemE because I wanted to develop innovative solutions to the health and environmental problems that we face. In my time at UW ChemE I realized the diverse interests and pathways people pursue in this program. The variety of opportunities and research topics attracted me to the program while the supportive tight-knit community of students, faculty, and staff have made the program an amazing experience that has helped me to prepare for what's next.

Being at UW and in ChemE has provided me with a wealth of opportunities. From undergraduate research to registered student organizations, there are many opportunities to engage in and pursue. This includes internships and career development. For example, the summer before my senior year, I had the opportunity to intern at the Infectious Disease Research Institute where I applied some of the concepts I learned through my research experiences and coursework. Some other opportunities I've had to get involved are: 

Engineers without Borders »
COE Peer Mentors »
Emerging Leaders in Engineering »
Puerto Rico: Clean Energy Solutions for Public Health »
Holmberg Research Group »

What advice do you have for students thinking about ChemE?
I recommend students to be proactive and explore the field and what it has to offer. This could be through participating in research, talking to professionals, or joining related organizations. Students should find out more about the programs they are interested in to see if it is truly a fit for them.

Future Plans I'm excited to continue my education as I head to the department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto to pursue a PhD.