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Matherly, Thomas

Chemical Engineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 

Research because I am already doing lab work in Dr. Karlsson's protein engineering lab and I find the applied biology/bioengineering work is interesting to me. The idea that we can swap a single amino acid and just like that have an additional antifungal drug at our disposal makes me feel the weight and real-life applications of our research in lab.

What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

Instruction because throughout my time at UMD I've found that my TAs have had a profound impact on my understanding of the subject matter and that they've overall made my experiences positive ones. I wish to do the same for the other rising chemical engineers in exchange for the help I've received over the years.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 

Vice President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, President of Episcopal Terps, and member of ChemE Car's Kinetics subteam.

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

Working in the lab over the summer and as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for Thermodynamics 1 at the time. Going from streaking plates and growing colonies of yeast to helping students understand the course material in the same day was a lot of fun and combined two things that as of the summer I now know that I love.