Jane Chui

Energy Systems Engineering, 1T0

Jane Chui

Since she graduated as an EngSci 1T0, Jane Chui has obtained her Masters and is currently working on completing a PhD at MIT in the Environmental Engineering Department. Jane performs experiments to study subsurface flows in porous media, i.e. how any liquid (oil, water, or contaminant) moves through the ground. Jane says she is specifically interested in the fluid mechanics of how fluids with different viscosities behave when being pushed underground, as well as how they mix; these results have imperative implications for applications like enhanced oil recovery and groundwater remediation. Jane believes that her work has been a truly eye-opening experience. She emphasizes, “I always knew there was a lot of knowledge out there in the world, but I have learned more than I ever thought there was even to learn about scientific inquiry and how to obtain that knowledge.”

Jane reflects on her time in EngSci and offers invaluable advice to current and graduating students:

“I learned so much in my EngSci years, but I think the biggest lesson, or rather attitude, that I cultivated from EngSci is: ‘Do everything you think you can, then do more, because you can.’  Many things in life, like the EngSci curriculum, are extremely daunting, but it really showed me what I am capable of doing, which is much more than I could have guessed. The best advice I can give a current student is to enjoy the caliber of people surrounding you while you’re in the grind. EngSci is not meant to be a solo endeavor, and it really is about collaborating, learning to contribute to a team, and being ingenious with your time. For graduating students, I’d say EngSci has really set you up well for whatever you want to pursue. No one graduates EngSci by ‘accident’­ – so have confidence in your abilities while continuing to learn and pick up skills for whatever your work calls you to!”