STUDENT SPOTLIGHT | AUGUST 2015
Major: Petroleum Engineering
Describe your work in a few sentences that we can all understand: My research focuses on using CO2 gas to create a foam for enhanced oil recovery. By mixing CO2 with different surfactants I create different foams and test their properties.
Who mentors your project?
A: Dr. Reza Barati
What surprised you about doing research?
A: I was surprised how many opportunities there are for undergraduates to get started. There were a lot of openings and programs for research that weren’t very well advertised that I’m really thankful I found.
What do you like most about your research?
A: I like being able to share my research in a way that interests other people. When you put in a lot of work into a project it’s nice to see other people appreciate it.
What advice would you give to a friend wanting to get involved in research?
A: Don’t be afraid to ask for the opportunity! It’s really intimidating to approach a professor as a freshman or even an upperclassman but they’re usually very open and honest to whether they would have a position for you to do research. I would also tell them to visit the CUR during walk-in hours or send them an email!
How do you spend your time when you’re not working on your research?
A: I spend a lot of time either playing racquetball or FIFA with my friends. I also spend my time between a variety of community service events. However, if I’m not doing either of these I’m probably camping to watch my favorite basketball team.