"A chemical engineering degree can open many doors, and not all of them will say 'Chemical Engineering' on the outside."
- Degree: Master of Applied Science
- Grad year: 2022
- Campus: Vancouver
I graduated from UBC’s Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduate program in 2020. I loved my time in the department so much that I ended up staying for an additional two years to complete my Master's. My Master's research focused on how machine learning can be used to improve the control of industrial processes. During my time at UBC, I was a TA for first-year calculus tutorials and CHBE labs. I was also a long-time member of the school’s synthetic biology team (UBC iGEM). Outside of school, I spent my time volunteering at the BC Crisis Centre and Special Olympics BC, coaching hockey, and skiing Cypress Mountain. I have recently traded in my iron ring for a white coat and started studying medicine at the University of Alberta!
What has made your time at UBC memorable?
The undergraduate CHBE experience comes with so many memorable moments. I vividly remember my first time in the CHBE lab in second-year, my first time seeing an oil refinery on a field trip in third-year, and meeting my capstone group in fourth-year for the first time. So much of CHBE is centered around group work and this leads to a strong and tight-knit community. I met many of my closest friends in CHBE. Even as we have all started our different careers and moved to different cities, we make an annual pilgrimage to my family's cabin in the interior of BC to reconnect with each other every summer.
One thing which made my master’s memorable was regularly meeting with industry experts through a collaboration between Honeywell and UBC. Performing research in an academic bubble can lead to problems — sometimes academia’s solutions may not consider the messiness of the real world, or we may be developing clever solutions to the wrong problems. Gaining the perspectives of practicing engineers on my research helped improve the quality of my work and changed the way I viewed research.
What are your future plans to make a difference in our world?
I’m not one to make plans too far in advance. As it stands, my plan to make a difference in the world comes in two parts. Part one: finish medical school. Part two: be the best doctor I can be for my patients.