As a research manager at the University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN), I am required to have extensive hands-on experience with current research techniques, ability to work well with interdisciplinary research groups, and effective communication skills to all levels of management. I could not be more grateful for how the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern University has prepared me for this career path. Many interdisciplinary classes that I took, including Nanotechnology, Bioprocess Engineering, and Thin Film Technology are still extremely relevant to my current work. The diversity of research topics in the Department highlights the broad range of problems that chemical engineering can help to solve. The collaborative spirit of all faculty and staff allows students to work on cutting-edge research involving various scientific disciplines. I had a privilege to work in the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing (CAMMP), a NASA sponsored laboratory, where my Ph.D. thesis concerned engineering a nanostructured material called Titanosilicate ETS-10 for both photocatalysis and quantum wire applications. The past few years in graduate school were, without a doubt, one of the greatest experiences in my life. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the program and I highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking an advanced degree in Chemical Engineering.
– Zhaoxia Ji, Graduate Student
During my graduate experience in the Chemical Engineering Department, I was exposed to much more than just an academic environment. The Chemical Engineering Department offers an abundance of diversity that is welcoming and engaging. The communications and encouragement within the Department and student body has truly created a community of scholars. The level of research encourages the individual to strive for success and academic excellence. Throughout my graduate school tenure in the department of Chemical Engineering, I have witnessed myself develop into a successful engineer. It has influenced me as a professional and trained me to critically analyze the engineering challenges that I will encounter throughout my professional career. My experiences in the Chemical Engineering Department will forever define me as the engineer and professional I have become.
– Zhuhua Cai, Graduate Student