ESP Biography

NIK EVITT, Stanford freshman studying biochemical engineering

Major: Undeclared

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2015

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Since I was in elementary school, I've been fascinated by the enormous impact the microscopic has on the world. In high school, I applied my curiosity to organic chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology. The flexibility of molecules connects them to almost every aspect of your life: they run your car, they provide energy to your cells, and you're probably wearing them right now. I teach SPLASH to share this passion of mine and encourage you to get involved in the endless possibilities of the sciences.

At Stanford, I study biochemical engineering. I am particularly interested in early-stage research and development of pharmaceuticals--both biologics and small molecules. I'm also interested in developing renewable fuels. While we currently have great access to renewable electricity from solar, wind, and water sources, we lack clean alternatives that can be directly substituted for liquid and gaseous fuels. How would you power a car without gasoline if electricity was not an option?

I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and love the mountains. When I'm not studying, I'm on skis if it's winter, a mountain bike if it's summer. I'm a big-dog person. When you see me in class, I'll probably be holding a Jamba Juice smoothie.

Past Classes

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B2166: The Great Stem Cell Debate in Splash! Spring 2012 (Apr. 21 - 22, 2012)
After some background information about recent developments in stem cell technology, therapy, research is provided, students will get to roleplay and debate and discuss the ethical implications behind these advancements and about the future of stem cell research. Get ready to "roll"-play!

P1738: Hacking Halloween in Splash! Fall 2011 (Oct. 29 - 30, 2011)
Want to see pumpkins shoot flames? How about leak smoke? Turn blood into water? We can't walk on water but we can do a bunch of awesome stuff that is clearly not based on any chemistry at all, because it's just magic. Remember that.