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Spencer Wallace

Chemical Engineering
Class of 2019

Hometown: Bellingham, Washington

High School: Squalicum High School

Extracurricular Activities: Apollo Benefitting THON, Schreyer Honors College Orientation Leader, CH E 210 TA, IM Soccer

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Process Engineering Intern at PPG, Engineering Technical Co-op at ExxonMobil, Electrocatalysis research using DFT to asses the oxidation of ammonia on platinum (100) in Dr. Janik's research lab

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? My mom went to Penn State, so I grew up a little Nittany Lion. I remember waking up for early morning football games (a noon game was at 9 am on the west coast) cheering as loud as possible with my mom and brother. Penn State is 2,500 miles away from Bellingham, yet it's still just as much as my home as where I grew up. All of the differnt opportunities and ways to get involved paired with the highly regarded College of Engineering made the choice a no brainer for me.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? I've had so many amazing memories because of engineering at Penn State. Not only have I had great experiences, but I've made lifelong friends from my engineering classes. I would say my favorite memories stem from all the late nights staying up to do thermodynamics or mass transfer in the basement of Fenske and Thomas. But, I also want to point out that being a TA for material balances has led me to better appreciate knowledge in general and the different learning style each person has. Seeing someone's face when they truly understand something because I was there to help them makes all the time spent holding office hours worth it.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Two things: first and foremost go to class and actually be present. That doesn't mean go and sit there on your phone, actually go and immerse yourself in the course material and find an appreaction for learning and acquiring knowledge, this will help with studying for future exams and simply being the best engineer you can be. Second, signup for as many things that interest you right when you arrive. I signed up for 8-10 clubs, and from there figured out the ones that I truly was passionate about.

What do you plan to do after graduation? I woud like to go into industry, preferrably dealing with chemicals or energy.

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? THON. THON is Penn State at its best. THON doesn't dsicriminate, and the fact that so many people come together to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer is extraordinary. There are so many opportunities to be involved with this organization, and it is definitely owrth it. I'll be dancing for 46 hours, and I could not be more excited. The culminating 46 hour dance marathon is pure emotion, and boy is it a sight to see.