Before I get into my actual post, I feel the need to address the elephant in the room: Beer Bike (actually Beer Run due to weather) happened last weekend.
Now, onto my actual post. It occurred to me that some people might be curious to know what a typical day is like at Rice. Thus, I present to you a fairly normal Wednesday in the life of a junior chemical engineer.
9:40 AM – I leave my apartment and bike to campus for morning classes: transport phenomena and thermodynamics. Today’s topics of discussion include mass transfer in pipes (who would have guessed that there would be so much to learn about stuff flowing through pipes?) and thermodynamic stability of mixtures.
12:00 PM – I head to Martel, my residential college, for lunch. I catch up with fellow Martelians and also try to be somewhat productive during this two-hour break from scheduled activities by checking on my protein simulation runs for research.
2:00 PM – Time for lab lecture! This is when we learn about the more practical things we need to know in the world of chemical engineering, such as technical writing and plant economics.
3:00 PM – I go with the other co-captains of the Rice ChemE Car Team to meet with our faculty advisor and show him what we have built so far. The team is working on building a model car powered and stopped by chemical reactions for a competition in which it has to stop some specified distance.
3:30 PM – I head to Fondren Library to work on a lab report with my two awesome lab partners. This week’s lab report is on different types of fluid flow meters and their accuracy at various fluid flow rates.
Circa 11:00 PM – Several hours and a lengthy dinner break later, we read through the report one last time before deciding that it is good to submit. We applaud ourselves for writing the entire report in less than two days, and I head home to finish up a short problem set before going to bed.