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Ali Landry (Cary, NC)

Chemical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics
NC State University
Current Position: UC Berkeley (PhD)

Research Interests: My undergraduate research was in polymer nanofibers, but I plan to do research in energy and catalysis while in graduate school. 

Interests outside of school/research: I love to go backpacking, rock climbing, biking, and almost any other kind of outdoor activity. Cooking and trying new foods are other passions of mine.

How did you hear about the program? Why did you apply?

I heard about ACCESS from a chemical engineering professor of mine who thought I would be well suited from the program. I was on the fence about graduate school, so I decided to apply to get a better feel about what it entails.

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

Besides learning about what it's like to be a graduate student, the program definitely treated us to some of Boston's best restaurants and food options. It was a delicious weekend!

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

It helped me start thinking seriously about applying to graduate school, and made me feel more comfortable when it actually came time to put my applications together.

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

ACCESS helped me make a more informed decision about whether or not graduate school was right for me. 

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

I plan on attending graduate school at UC-Berkeley.   

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

In five years I see myself nearing completion of my Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Ten years is too far for me to guess.