Xi “Lucius” Liu (M.S. December ’14)
Lucius was looking for a master’s program in Material Science, when he clicked on the link to the EST&P website. Based on experience from a project at his undergraduate university, he knew that he was interested in the topic of energy. When Lucius arrived at Carnegie Mellon University, he was astonished by the amount of academic freedom that the EST&P program allowed. Lucius could take Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) courses in addition to his Material Science disciplinary concentration classes, he could participate in research projects under the supervision of engineering faculty, and he even had enough free time to join the Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA)! Although he had to study harder here in Pittsburgh than he had in China, Lucius found the friendly, diverse campus to be the most valuable part of his experience at CMU. Lucius’ top three favorite classes he took at CMU are Materials for Energy Storage, Energy Policy and Economics, and Nanostructured Materials.