Chemical Engineering 2023

Nusayba SultanaHello! My name is Nusayba Sultana. I am a chemical engineering student expected to graduate in 2023. 

Waterloo Engineering in one word:

Versatile! With the various student design teams and great number of industries to do your co-op in, you will leave this program with several tools in your belt to take on society’s biggest challenges.

I choose Waterloo Engineering because:

I chose Waterloo for its co-operative education program and its reputation. The co-op experience lets me really apply my skills and learn so many things that you can’t learn in a classroom. When I graduate, I will be confident in my skills as an engineer. I also find that the school’s awesome reputation speaks for itself whenever I am at work meeting new people.  

The best thing about my program is:

I like how I am not limited to any one industry with chemical engineering. While I have recently been more interested in sustainability and renewable energy, there are doors open to me in industries such as food, pharmaceutical, nuclear energy, paper and pulp, batteries, and more! I also believe that even though chemical engineering is a more traditional branch of engineering, it is very useful in today’s world too. Chemical engineers are needed to solve some of today’s biggest challenges, like climate change, improving battery technology, healthcare advancements, and more. 

About my Co-op experience:

I have worked in battery research and development and I have worked in the metallurgical field working with coal and coke. In all my experiences, I have been able to learn so much about these industries and do important work in their respective fields. For example, at my most recent co-op, I was able to work on a project that was aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the ironmaking industry. My days were always interesting, and I knew my work would have a lasting impact on society.

I wish I had known before I came:

For one, I wish I had known how helpful TA’s can be! Seriously, if your TA is offering office hours or extra help sessions, go to them. They can really make a seemingly impossible course to an extremely easy one. 

Also, you should know when to take a break. It’s always important to stay on top of homework but taking care of yourself and having fun is just as important. Having a designated time in your weekly schedule just to relax will improve mental health ultimately improving your studies as well.

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:

I am involved in several mentorship programs on and off campus, such as SCWIST and UWiSTEM, to help students transition to university-life. Additionally, I work in outreach programs to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers. 

A fun project I’ve completed:

Independently designing and performing an experiment to predict how long it would take for water to filter through a Brita filter. It was really satisfying to see that my prediction was almost exact, and I just had to use a few equations!

One more thing about me:

In my spare time, I love photography and reading books!

Contact me: n22sulta@uwaterloo.ca

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo