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Student Ambassadors

Hana Flores

Hana Flores, CBEE Student Ambassador

Hometown: Bowie, Maryland
High School: Bowie High School
Degree Track: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Areas of Interest in Chemical Engineering: Tissue engineering, protein engineering and pharmaceutical engineering
My favorite thing about CBEE is: The professors! It is clear that every professor wants you to succeed and be your mentor.
Why I chose CBEE: I was interested in every aspect of STEM and wanted a major that would allow me to learn as much about science as I could which I could later apply to any field I was interested in.
What are your favorite classes: My favorite Chemical Engineering class is ENCH 225L: Problem Solving and Experimental Design. It was extremely rewarding to come to solutions and design my own experiments. My favorite non-ChemE class is BIOL 303: Cell Biology because it blew my mind by the complexity of life, let alone a single cell.
What do you plan to do with your Chemical Engineering degree: I plan on pursuing my PhD in Bioengineering and then going into academic research to work towards better therapeutics for osteoarthritis and to teach at the university level.
UMBC Activities & Clubs: AIChE, ChemE Car, Ultimate Frisbee and HLSU
Hobbies: Playing piano, watching movies, and taking pictures of my cat
My favorite thing about the Baltimore area: I love trying new restaurants in downtown Baltimore! There’s always a new place from a wide variety of cultures to try.
E-mail: hflores1@umbc.edu

Chris Ashby

Chris Ashby, , CBEE Student AmbassadorHometown: Arbutus, Maryland
High School: Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School
Degree Track: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Areas of Interest in Chemical Engineering: Drug delivery systems, mathematical modeling and experimental design.
My favorite thing about CBEE is: How involved all the professors are with student success.
Why I chose CBEE: I chose CBEE because of the content and the closeness of the department.
What are your favorite classes: My favorite courses are ENCH 442, ENCH 225l, and ENCH 300, all of these classes have been huge milestones in my time as a CHEME. They really teach you what it means to be an engineer, and they give you the skills to be a problem solver.
What do you plan to do with your Chemical Engineering degree:  I plan to work in the industry and work at a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, helping to create and deliver the medications people need, or continuing my education to become a professor.
UMBC Activities & Clubs: Wrestling Club, AICHE, ChemE Car Club, Academic Success Center tutor and CBEE Teaching fellow.
Hobbies:
Drawing, reading, walking, and playing video games
My favorite thing about the Baltimore area: There is huge diversity in such a small area, making it easy to find great local food.
E-mail: ash39@umbc.edu

 

Kelechi Emezienna

Kelechi Emezienna, CBEE Student Ambassador

Hometown: Lanham, Maryland
High School: Dematha High School
Degree Track: Environmental & Sustainability
Areas of Interest in Chemical Engineering: Environmental health, water/wastewater, process & manufacturing, and consulting
My favorite thing about CBEE is: The faculty and staff have been a grand help along this academic journey of mine, becoming a resource for fostering my personal growth as both a man and an engineer.
Why I chose CBEE: I have an affinity for chemistry, paired with an interest in the engineering field. I enjoy fixing/problem-solving, so I believe my mind’s gears turn in a way that is necessary for CBEE.
What are your favorite classes: I love chemistry, flaws and all.  My favorite chemical engineering course would have to be any course that Dr. Raikar teaches!
What do you plan to do with your Chemical Engineering degree: I plan on seeking work within the engineering industry. I am currently tasked with finding a summer internship where I am hoping to find an opportunity that I can continue beyond my graduation.
UMBC Activities & Clubs: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), AiChE and Achievement & Inspiration through Mentorship (AIM)
Hobbies: 
Eating, manga, video games, studying for any Chemical Engineering exam (during my free time), and after-school mentoring (grade-school students)
My favorite thing about the Baltimore area:
I grew up in a more suburban area, so access to a major city like Baltimore within 15 minutes of me is a great change of pace.
E-mail:  kemezi1@umbc.edu