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Tochukwu Ofoegbuna (Houston, Texas )

Chemical Engineering
University of Houston

What are your research interest(s)?

Nanostructured materials and solar fuel generation

What are your Interests outside of school and research?  What do you like to do for FUN?

Outside of school, I enjoy watching foreign films. I am also very passionate about skateboarding, sketching, and pen spinning.

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

I heard about the ACCESS program by chance. While I was researching graduate schools, I came across the ACCESS webpage. I immediately applied because I was interested in the objective of the program. I wanted to learn more about the graduate school experience and felt that this would be a good opportunity to do this.

What were some interesting/fun things you did at ACCESS and/or people you met?

I met two helpful graduate students with whom I am still in contact with at this point. Their advice will greatly influence my future decision of either attending graduate school or going straight into industry. I also enjoyed meeting other like-minded undergraduates.  

What was your favorite part of the weekend and why?

My favorite part about the weekend was touring Massachusetts. During my trip, I was able to see part of MIT, Harvard University, and Boston University.

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

Prior to ACCESS, I did plan on going to graduate school, but at that point I was only a sophomore in college. I like that the ACCESS program gave me exposure to the graduate school experience.

Are you planning on applying to/attending Graduate School now?  If so where?

My decision for attending graduate school is still unclear.

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

Five years from now, I see myself working as a chemical engineer for a company that specializes in delivering comprehensive solutions and on-site services to optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, and energy markets.