I have always had some fascination for mathematics and the essential sciences. However, more than ever before, I have become more curious about what the sciences could offer. Accordingly, it was with fascination and curiosity that I chose a career in Chemical Engineering. Having thus obtained a first class grade in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious University of Lagos, Nigeria, I now appreciate the words of Albert Einstein: “the important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing!” I seek, not just to continue questioning, but practical solutions to problems affecting my society as a way of making my contribution to the human and technological advancement of my country, Nigeria. Internship Experience
During my undergraduate years, I learned a great deal about separation processes, transport phenomena, industrial chemistry, process dynamics and control, material and energy balances. With the knowledge of these courses, I was really empowered to fit into the run of activities at the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, Delta State, Nigeria, where I did a six month internship. The experience of working in the production department of the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit exposed me to various chemical processes. I learnt how refineries use the method of fluid catalytic cracking to satisfy the market demand for gasoline by breaking down the excess of high molecular, high boiling range, products resulting from the distillation of crude oil. Further, I learnt that the implementation of bio-feed processing techniques in petroleum refineries reduces the cost of producing gasoline as well as reduce emission of CO2, since bio-fuels are from renewable feeds. Furthermore, I got enthused with the fact that an entire plant could be remotely controlled by just few operators monitoring the various critical parameters at their terminals. In the area of applying computers in Chemical Engineering, process optimization, simulation...
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