When I was in high school it was pretty clear to me that I would become an engineer. Many of the members of my family have a science-oriented background. Once I decided to become an engineer, I picked chemical engineering because I thought it was challenging and I liked the idea of understanding processes from the unit operations perspective.
The first time I heard of Rice was from a manager at a training program in Houston. He said: "Rice is the best university we have in Houston and in Texas." Ever since I heard that, I kept Rice in mind as a possibility for future graduate studies. I’m glad I did.