Having a strong relationship with my chemical engineering professors is one of the best parts of my Bucknell experience.

Jewel Cook '20
Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications

"I've always been interested in engineering, because I love math and science. I chose Bucknell because I wanted to have a close relationship with faculty and pursue an engineering degree, which isn't an option at some liberal arts schools. Having a strong relationship with my chemical engineering professors is one of the best parts of my Bucknell experience. In addition, I live with two other chemical engineering majors, and having that close-knit community has also helped me flourish here.

"My favorite class has been fluid mechanics. It's very oriented toward problem-solving. The professor presents us with information and several equations that we're required to solve. It seems like a puzzle to me, and I enjoy trying to find the solutions. Understanding flow through pipes, pumps and compressors is also interesting.

"My research advisor, Professor Dabrina Dutcher, has served as my faculty mentor. We are working on aerosol research, looking at electronic cigarettes and the buildup of residue that is left on the wicks and coils after someone has been using the products for an extended period of time. I began as a volunteer, and this semester I am conducting the research for credit. I also have the opportunity to continue working on this project in the summer.

"I serve as class representative for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers. I'm also involved in Greek life, teach fitness classes and serve as a teaching assistant for the chemical engineering department. As a first-generation college student, I also serve as a student ambassador for the GenFirst! program.

"Next year, I will study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I'll take engineering classes and learn about the country's culture. I'm excited for the opportunity to study abroad while also completing my engineering degree."

Jewel is from Croydon, Pa.

Posted July 6, 2018