"I was able to interact with the CEO, a Bucknell alumnus and senior staff of one of the world's leading planning, engineering and program and construction management organizations."

"I enjoy thinking about how molecules fit together or interact with one another based upon their size and electronic charge. Although this fundamental understanding of the chemistry puzzle is focused on small molecules, I can apply it to explore how mixtures of many different molecules will interact with one another.

"Chemical engineering is a huge puzzle of chemistry, engineering and mathematics combined. Being a ChemE major at Bucknell requires a lot time to master mathematics, and, in particular, calculus. The Engineering Success Alliance program (ESA) was designed to help engineers like me better understand calculus I, II, III, and statistics by combining two-hour practice problem sessions with one-on-one sessions with a professor each week. The program has been instrumental in my mathematical success at Bucknell, as I have been able to master complex problems and equations and think more critically about everything I do.

"The great thing about ESA is that an experience born within the classroom also provides great opportunities outside it. I have had brunch with the deans and ESA board members. During my first year at Bucknell, I participated in an ESA-sponsored a trip to Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. in New York City. I was able to interact with the CEO, a Bucknell alumnus and senior staff of one of the world's leading planning, engineering and program and construction management organizations. ESA has been a revelation for me both in and out of the classroom and I feel fortunate to have been a part of the program."

Megan is from Baltimore, Md.

Posted April 26, 2012
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