Posted on May 15, 2024 by Storm Goodman

Lori Lee, UTSA Chemical Engineering 2024

Lori Lee, UTSA Chemical Engineering 2024

Lori Lee continues her education after previously obtaining a biology and chemistry degree and graduates with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Throughout her time at UTSA, Lori made great connections with her fellow students as well as her professors.

Read the full Q&A with Lori to learn about her journey and what her advice is for future Roadrunners.

What made you decide to attend UTSA? 

I decided to attend UTSA because it made the most sense for my family and Nehal Abu-Lail (Interim Chair of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering) gave me a solid road plan as this is my second bachelor's degree. 

When did you figure out what you wanted to study in college?

This is my second degree. I was a high school chemistry teacher and soccer coach for 8 years. My first degree was in biology and chemistry, so chemical engineering seemed logical. I also wanted a degree that would give me numerous employment opportunities. I would say I like to change my mind and chemical engineering allows me to work in multiple industries. 

What did you enjoy most about your experience at UTSA? 

I most enjoyed the people I have met. We did a lot of group work and I have some classmates that I’m sure I will keep in touch with. I also really enjoyed many of my professors. They held me to a high standard and got to know me as a person. They know who my daughter is, my motivations, and my goals. 

What have you learned, in your time at UTSA, that surprised you the most?

I learned how determined I was. I am a mom, a wife, was working still, and found ways to get it done. There were some days I was really frustrated and asking myself why did I do this to myself, but as Taylor Swift says "I'm a real tough kid"

Do you have any goals or plans after graduation?

Post graduation I am going to be working at HDR here in San Antonio as a water and wastewater EIT. I also am taking some time off and doing some travel. 

What advice do you have for people considering the programs at UTSA?

Go to office hours. Even if it is a question that could be over email. It helps build those relationships with professors and they get to know you better. 

What is your life motto/ slogan? 

My motto has been "fake it til you make it" and I made it. Some days I would dress nicer just to set the tone if I knew today might be rough. 

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