Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

I have been passionate about the environmental aspect of plastics engineering since I began studying the field in my first semester as an undergraduate. For much of my professional career, I have performed research on solutions for compatibility in immiscible polymer systems, earning my first patent on the subject in 2018. My passion has since evolved into the green infrastructure segment and I plan to study the circular economy of building materials. My polymer science background, coupled with the knowledge of how the environment is affected, makes for a good synergistic approach to solving these issues in the construction segment.

Lauren from Texas
University of North Dakota