Published: Apr 25, 2017 7:00:00 AM
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Jennifer Kaczmarek, senior in chemical, was named the 2017 Outstanding Student in chemical engineering. She comes from a long line of engineers, and chose to pursue chemical engineering because it combined her two biggest passions — chemistry and math.
"I am originally from Tampa, Florida and am a second generation Auburn student. Both my mom and my brother came to Auburn to study engineering, with my mom earning a mechanical engineering degree and my brother a chemical engineering degree. Since half of my family were engineers (sorry to not follow in your footsteps, dad) I was motivated to join this field. However, I chose the specific discipline because I had seen all the incredible opportunities that my brother had experienced in the major. I always loved chemistry and math so the prospect of both together in one major was the final deciding factor. Chemical engineering had the potential to be whatever I made it — whether I pursued industry or research, it seemed as if the major had limitless potential. I’m so honored to have been selected for this reward and it shows that hard work and dedication can open any door. I sincerely appreciate knowing that the professors I admire so much return a feeling of respect. Beyond my undergraduate degree I plan to pursue a doctorate in chemical engineering, eventually working my way up to a position as a research professor working in biotechnology."