Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas
Research Area: Energy
Why I came to The University of Texas at Austin: I came to UT Austin because I wanted a first class education in chemical engineering. You only get one shot at a degree, so why not do it big and attend a great school?
The most interesting thing I learned in class my first year: I would have to say, the most interesting thing I’ve learned in my first year at the university is how heat, fluid and mass move. I often find myself thinking about heat transfer while cooking. Real nerdy, right? The best part is I’m a better cook because I know how heat flows in transient situations, such as cooking and grilling.
My favorite spot on campus: I’m definitely going to have to say Kinsolving’s dining hall. I love the food there and will literally spend hours eating away and chatting with friends.
The biggest change since coming to college: The biggest change for me would have to be learning not to be so shy. Before coming to school, I was told I could either have a great time at a large university or get lost in the crowd. I had to get over my shyness, and I’m glad I did. I’ve made great friends by overcoming really odd situations that I would have never been comfortable in before.
Three things most people don’t know about me:
1. I’m moody when I’m hungry. I’ll probably be one of the nicest people you’ll know, but not on an empty stomach.
2. I love to play soccer and racquetball, and these are the only sports I actually enjoy watching.
3. I’m violently ticklish. So please, for your own safety, never try to tickle me.