For the month of July, my classmates and I completed the Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Laboratory, which is a technical writing/ lab requirement for our degree. Needless to say, it was a lot of hard work, but it was a truly amazing experience. We completed six labs over the course of the month and also created a cultural presentation that we presented at the end of our program. The chemical engineering department at Denmark Technical University (DTU) was kind enough to host us at their small scale Pilot Plant which has equipment that allowed us to perform experiments ranging from Batch Distillation to Citric Acid Crystallization. Chemical engineering students from Clemson, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Johns Hopkins, and Case Western also participated in the program.
While there we lived at the Base Camp student apartments in Lyngby, Denmark, which is around 20 minutes outside the city of Copenhagen. Although, the program was very rigorous (we had a lab report due about every 48 hours), we still made time to explore as much of the countryside as we could. We were able to attend group walking food/ beer tours, a tour of Kromberg (Hamlet’s Castle), and visited the city of Malmö, Sweden . My personal favorite part of our group excursion was a boat tour throughout the waters and canals of Copenhagen where we got to see a lot of the popular/ beautiful sites of the city. All in all, I had a great time meeting new people from all around Europe as well as those in my major back home, despite the work load. I am excited to see what the next chapter holds for my final semester in Tuscaloosa!
My lab partner, Gabi, and I at Kromberg.