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David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Alex Boardman

I became interested in engineering because I enjoy problem solving.  I am a “maker” at heart and designing solutions to real life problems, including a geothermal heat exchanger, is one of my strengths.  I also wanted to go to college to study a field that tests my weaker subject areas like mathematics.  This way I could transform my weaknesses into strengths.  Oddly enough, my greatest chemical engineering interests lie within the field of transport phenomena, a highly mathematical subject.  I hope to study transport phenomena in my future graduate study and explore mathematics in more detail.  Soon, I will be able to hone another skill that as an undergraduate, I have only skimmed the surface of: research.  It is one thing to be able to make something, but making sure results are reproducible and writing scientific reports on your findings are important skills to perfect.