Nik Angyal Named Academic All-American of the Year

Nik Angyal Named Academic All-American of the Year


[Nik Angyal] This season has been a great year for the U
of R. I mean, we had a great here last year as well. We went as far as we’d ever
been to that point, getting to the Elite Eight and we lost some key players from
that team, but we rebuilt and retooled just like we do every year and the guys have
really stepped up to take the place of the guys we lost last year. And this year
we’re in the Final Four, which is incredible. I mean, it’s the farthest U
of R has ever been and it’s really exciting to go on down in Greensboro and
trying to compete for a national championship. As a student of chemical
engineering here, I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in some
undergraduate research, which has been really exciting. This past summer I
worked in a lab under a professor in the chemical engineering department where I
was developing a film that was going to be used in lithium-ion batteries, which
are rechargeable batteries. And it was really exciting to be a part of research
that is going to be hopefully in use in the industrial world some day. I’d say
that my interest in chemical engineering probably started in high school back
when I took AP chemistry. I had a really good teacher
and she really inspired me to learn more about chemistry and and start to explore
how the world works which is really what I find interesting and what chemistry is
all about. So, coming into college I knew I wanted to say something in chemistry and
then I want to be a little more on that practical side of things, so I want to go
into applications of chemistry, which is why I chose chemical engineering. It’s a very humbling experience to be
named Google Cloud Academic All-American of the Year for Division III men’s soccer.
Obviously, I was named to the second-team last year and that was very exciting and
then this year when I found out that I was the academic all-american of the year, I was
a little speechless to be honest. It’s a really high honor and I think
it’s a good culmination of my efforts both on the field and in the classroom and
it’s very very exciting to be to be honored this way.

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