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Shane Di Dona (Asheboro, North Carolina)

Chemical Engineering and Physics
Minor Mathematics
North Carolina State University

Research Interests: Thin films, specifically atomic layer deposition (ALD); computer modeling of reactors

Interests outside of school/research:

3D graphics (3ds max and SolidWorks), Mathematica programming

Interesting things you did at ACCESS and people you’ve met

Touring MIT was fun; also, I met Dr. Gleason, whose research is related to my research interests.

Favorite part of the weekend and why?

The tours of the labs and time spent meeting professors were the parts of the weekend I enjoyed the most; I really enjoy networking with professors.

Do you think you benefitted from the program – did it help you in any way? Why or why not?

I benefited from the program by networking with professors and discussing the graduate admissions process with the admissions committee.

Prior to attending ACCESS, did you have plans to apply for graduate school? How did ACCESS impact your decision?

I have always planned to attend graduate school, but ACCESS allowed me to optimize my college application.

Are you planning on applying to graduate school now? If so, where?

I will be receiving a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at NCSU through the 5-year BS-MS program.  After this, I will apply to graduate schools (including MIT) for a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

In 5 years I will be finishing graduate school, and in 10 years I will likely be in a research career.

Anything else you want to share?

My website is