Trevor D.

Graduate Ambassador at Cornell University

Hometown: Massachusetts


Graduate Program

Graduate Program: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Anticipated Graduation Date: 2023


Institution: Tufts University

Major: Chemical Engineering

My Background

Born in Central Massachusettes, then Undergrad and living in Boston for a few years, moved to Colorado for five years, then to Cornell! I love engineering, but have dabbled in other fields too and have found fun in reinventing myself along the way.

Why I chose Cornell

During my visit weekend, it was clear that people at Cornell look out for each other and go out of their way to stay connected. This kindness was extended to my husband as well to let us know we are both welcome to the Cornell community. In imagining my degree, it was clear that because of the field system and other particular features of Cornell, it is uniquely collaborative. Building a network across disciplines is important to me and easy to do here.

My research interests

My research focuses on the design of biointerfacial materials using initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) to explore the connection between bacteria and the surfaces they colonize at a molecular scale. One of my favorite aspects is learning at the intersection of materials science, chemisty, physics, and biology - that variety is enticing.

My advice for those exploring graduate school

Many of the conversations you will when exploring graduate school will be rooted in research/academia; it will be up to YOU to get your questions answered about how the lifestyle and personal out-of-school experience matches what you want. I highly recommend sitting down and making a list of things you know are important to you, what your work and life "styles" are, what you need to be successful, and what you want to be happy - then, build your questions and search around some of those things too.

I'm passionate about...

Percussion Mountain Biking Podcasts

I'm involved with...

Smith School Diversity & Inclusion Program Intergroup Dialogue Project Percussion Ensemble
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