Chemical Engineering, ’21
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My name’s Jacob, and I’m a current Chemical Engineering student from Oceanside, California. Here at USC, I serve on the board of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and Latino Alumni Association (LAA), through which I help to plan different academic and service oriented events. I’m also a member of the Sharada Research Lab where I work to study potential synthetic catalysts in converting methane to methanol, as well as USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab (Yes, even chem-e’s can be in RPL!). For fun, I love to play guitar and write music, go hiking, and watch movies with friends.
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My Major: Chemical Engineering
How did I pick my major?
People oftentimes think chemical engineers do nothing but use chemistry, but in reality, we’re much more diverse than that. In few other engineering disciplines will you find all the classic sciences of physics, chemistry, and biology, along with math, playing such a fundamental role. Due to its broad nature and variety of applications, chemical engineering was the best way for me to continue studying science, but more importantly, learn to apply it in engineering solutions to real-world problems.
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Check out these blogs about chemical engineering at USC!
Where Class Meets the Great Barrier ReefMay 1, 2019
Halfway Through my Semester OverseasApril 19, 2019
The Home Stretch: 5 Finals Season TipsApril 18, 2019
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My Netflix Obsessions
I know it’s a bit old for our generation, but Seinfeld is one of my favorite TV shows ever. The antics and conversations of Jerry and the gang never get old, and it’s the perfect thing to watch whenever you need to unwind after a long day, or just want a quick laugh!
Breaking Bad is a show about consequences, as it tells the story of a simple man driven to desperation. What starts as a noble cause to provide for his family after learning he has terminal cancer soon becomes a descent into darkness for Walter White. It’s a chilling tale of morality, and has some of the greatest acting and character development on television.
Favorite USC Tradition
My favorite USC tradition is Game Days. Everyone knows how important football is to the Trojan family, but there are no words to quite describe the feeling of walking through campus on your way to the Coliseum, and seeing a sea of students, friends, family, and alumni dressed in cardinal and gold, on their way to support our team.