In this installment of the Meet the RAPID® Interns spotlight series, we are highlighting two interns from the Summer 2022 program. Scroll down to learn more about Sadia Saberin, a Ph.D. candidate at Texas Tech and Sophie Taylor, a Junior co-op at Nalas Engineering while attending Tufts University.

Sadia Saberin

Sadia Saberin, a 2nd year Ph.D candidate at Texas Tech University, is working on a research project "Basic Modeling Approach in a Process Simulator: Electrochemical Process" in professor Chau-Chyun Chen's lab. Sadia's work includes developing and validating a model of an electrochemical process, along with applying process intensification in the model.

What are your career aspirations?

My biggest inspiration is to be a pioneer in future technology that would be environment friendly, robust, less energy and cost intensive.

What are your thoughts of the RAPID Intern Program so far?

Rapid internship program offered an excellent opportunity to learn about PI, and diversify my knowledge, and experience. It enriched my confidence, communication time management, and leadership skills. This program also strengthened my aspirations towards research. I strongly believe that this program is very effective in developing one’s competence, leadership, and creativity.

Sophie Taylor

Sophie Taylor, a Junior at Tufts University, is working on the project "Oxidation of Nitrite-Containing Waste" at Nalas Engineering. Sophie has been working on optimizing an ozonolysis procedure to treat high nitrite levels in aqueous waste. This oxidation process will be scaled up to treat a continuous, high-output waste stream. Sophie's tasks include writing and revising procedures, equipment setup, running experiments, and presenting results to colleagues.

What are your career aspirations?

I’d like to use my foundation in chemical engineering to explore its applications to renewable energy and sustainability.

What are your thoughts of the RAPID Intern Program so far?

The RAPID Intern Program has introduced me to the field of Process Intensification, which I believe will play a big part in the future of chemical engineering. I have had the opportunity to network with students and researchers in similar fields, all of whom are doing fascinating work, and practice critical communication and leadership skills. I look forward to continuing to witness PI in action.

*The RAPID Intern Program is an exciting opportunity for students working with RAPID members. It is a virtual PI leadership program which overlays on the work students are already doing at RAPID member organizations and provides students with PI leadership training and professional development skill-building opportunities like networking, career discovery, and public speaking/presenting. Click here for more information and to nominate a student.