Benjamin Abel Rizkin
M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Benjamin Abel Rizkin visited many top universities before selecting the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Ph.D. program in chemical and molecular engineering. It was the confluence of innovation and traditional engineering unique to Tandon that convinced him. “NYU Tandon is one of the oldest engineering schools in the country, responsible for numerous Nobel-Prize winners, CEOs, inventors, creators and entrepreneurs, with a rich history of chemistry and chemical engineering,” he says.
He is currently involved in an National Science Foundation-sponsored project to develop autonomous, artificially intelligent microreactors for the discovery and optimization of novel catalysts. This comprehensive research provides him with hands-on experience in microfabrication, control systems design, artificial intelligence, organic chemistry, process safety and process optimization.
A favorite course of Benjamin’s to date has been Design of Chemical and Biological Microsystems because it offers a broad overview of the latest trends, as well as providing students with the specific tools to design and implement these systems in fields ranging from health care to green energy. The class was taught by Professor Ryan Hartman, a mentor with whom Benjamin has published two papers in professional journals.
He also recognizes that there are tremendous advantages to studying at a university offering a culture of excellence and state-of-the-art labs and facilities. “Without leaving the building, we have access to a brand new cleanroom, machine shop, makerspace, and instrumentation facilities,” he says. “We’ve got the best and brightest professors and the newest equipment and facilities—all while living and working in the heart of the most exciting city on Earth!”
Benjamin is exploring many options for involvement as a student at NYU Tandon. He is working with Sunthetics, an NYU startup focused on developing a green path to nylon production using electrochemistry. “You have clubs that give you exposure to industry (not to mention going on really cool tours), entrepreneurship opportunities, and numerous cultural activities and events,” he explains.