Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Undergraduate Student Profiles

Get to know students in our undergraduate program in a more personal way. Why did they choose the Clark School and the University of Maryland? What have been their favorite or most challenging classes? What do they do outside of class? What advice do they have for students considering a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering (ChBE)?

Available Profiles

Emily Fraik

Emily Fraik

Emily is pursuing her two passions: engineering and volleyball. Her goals are to use her love of math and science to "make a difference in the world," and to help protect the environment. Meet Emily


Lidiya Gavrilenko

Lidiya Gavrilenko

A former animator, Lidiya is working on her second bachelor's degree, this time in chemical and biomolecular engineering. As a ChBE student, she's discovered that she "thrive[s] on a good challenge." Meet Lidiya


Brandon Hurn

Brandon Hurn

Brandon, a member of our Chem-E Car team, says majoring chemical and biomolecular engineering is his "academic triumvirate." Meet Brandon


Maria Kaplan

Maria Kaplan

Maria was drawn to the biomolecular aspects of our curriculum. Outside of class, she is  a member of the Clark School's chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Meet Maria


Jimmy Liu

Jimmy was drawn to Maryland for its "amazing academic environment," diverse student body, and student activities. He chose ChBE for its blend of fundamental science and real-world applications. Meet Jimmy


Robert Luo

Formerly a self-described "solitary learner," Robert says working with "welcoming, like-minded, and focused" students on group projects is now enjoyable, and has made him a better communicator.  Meet Robert


Lesslie Moposita

Lesslie Moposita

Lesslie knew she wanted to be an engineer as far back as middle school. "I could not see myself doing anything else." After graduating, she'd like to explore careers in renewable energy and the petroleum industry.  Meet Lesslie


Ty Pitkanen

Ty Pitkanen

Ty is a member of Associate Professor Ganesh Sriram's research group. He chose to major ChBE because it would enable him to address problems human health, energy and environment. Meet Ty


Joshua Vincent

Joshua Vincent

An outdoorsman and "passionate" consumer of books and music, Joshua decided to major in ChBE for its "rewarding difficulty" and "relevance in nearly every field." Meet Joshua


Michael Wellen

Michael Wellen

Financial support, undergraduate research opportiunities, and a strong reputation attracted Michael to the University of Maryland. Meet Michael


Ryan Zelinsky

Ryan Zelinsky

Ryan says working with his classmates on "every impossible assignment" has strengthened his friendships and made the hard work pay off. Meet Ryan