ESP Biography

PAUL RUDNICKI, First year Chemical Engineering PhD student

Major: Chemical Engineering

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi! My name is Paul. I come from Bangor, Maine, which is about as far from here as you can get in the US. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana (Go Irish!) and now I'm starting my graduate studies here at Stanford in Chemical Engineering. I'm fascinated by ancient and modern history of all types, but Greek and Roman history is my first love.

Past Classes

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H6535: The Original History: Exploring Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean with Herodotus in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
You may have heard of Leonidas and the 300 Spartans who faced the Persians at Thermopylae. You might have learned about the famous Greco-Persian battles in the straits of Salamis and on the plains of Marathon. But have you heard that the original Ionian Greek revolt was started by a secret message transmitted by head tattoo? What about the story of the Persian who captured Babylon by cutting off his own nose and ears? If not, you haven’t been reading from the original source. Histories by Herodotus is not only the first work of Western history, it is also an astonishingly rich mixture of geography, ethnography, political science, fact, myth, rumor, and pure gossip. Come learn about the sweeping historical scope of Herodotus’s masterwork, its unique literary structure, its accuracies and its mistakes, and its various themes, allegories, and random anecdotes. I’ll also talk about a few of my favorite stories that are just too good to pass up. Warning: I am a complete amateur who just finds ancient history incredibly cool. If that sounds at all like you, you might enjoy this course.

E6165: Introduction to Catalysis: Enabling the Reactions That Run the World in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
Catalysts play a central role in enabling the reactions that sustain our bodies, our machines, and even our lawns. Come learn how these fascinating substances are central to some of the world’s most useful processes and how the latest cutting edge catalysis research has the potential to change the future of these processes as we know them.