What are you currently working on in graduate school (research or project)?
Currently, I am working under Dr. Edward Peltier and focusing on the area of Produced Water. In short, produced water is water that is one of the products of drilling oil that contains oil and other dissolved components. The focus of research is on how to clean and reuse this water for other purposes. My involvement so far is researching how accurate a reverse osmosis computer software can predict how well certain components are removed from the water.
What advice do you have for prospective or current URM graduate students in engineering?
My advice for prospective and current URM graduate students in engineering is to be flexible with your ambitions. As an engineer, I understand we tend to have a “check-list” mentality where we just focus on getting one thing done and moving on to the next task. While this is productive, it can be limiting in graduate school. In order to succeed in graduate school you will need to expose yourself to things outside of you check-list. Put yourself out there! Whether it is in your department or not, connecting with faculty and staff, trying new things and stepping outside of your comfort zone will open up doors to opportunities that you would have never even considered. Truly try to enjoy your time here at the University of Kansas. You have made it this far in your academic career because of your academic excellence. Separate yourself by defining and developing yourself as a well-rounded individual.