Paul Nunez


Headshot of undergraduate Paul NunezClassification: Junior

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.

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