Happy Thursday folks! It’s another month, another blog, and another day in the life of a Viterbi student. The days have certainly been getting busier lately, with classes picking up and recruitment season starting, so stay tuned for more updates on that. In the meantime, however, the main event I’ve been looking forward to this semester is attending the annual AIChE Student Conference!
This November, I’ll have the opportunity to travel to Orlando, along with other members of our USC chapter of AIChE. The conference is a great opportunity to meet professionals from academia and industry, listen to presentations on a variety of fields, attend a career fair, and compete in various competitions. Since I’m a member of USC’s jeopardy team and we placed first in regionals last semester, I’ll be competing in Chem-E jeopardy alongside my teammates against schools from all over the country. The questions range from being specific to chemical engineering, to being more broad and focused on STEM fields as a whole, or may even be entirely random, so I’m excited to try my hand at trivia! Furthermore, I’ll also be presenting research at the conference, which is very exciting since it will be my first time giving any sort of research presentation in college. All in all, it should be an exciting weekend out in Florida!
In addition to prepping for the conference, I’ve been planning more events with AIChE in general. As VP Academic, I started a new series of research seminar events this semester, and we hosted our first one this evening with Professor Malmstadt. The turnout was great and it gave students an opportunity to learn more about faculty research in their major, and I’m looking forward to hosting several more over the course of the semester. Additionally, our design challenge is really starting to get moving now that the solar cell kits have arrived, so I’ll be spending a good portion of this weekend figuring out how to build my own working solar cells, so we can teach and mentor the underclassmen through the same process. I’m excited to see what else this student org holds for me throughout the semester!