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March 01, 2017

Bowen ChenEnvironmental engineering alumnus, Bowen Chen ’16 master of environmental engineering, will be pursuing a graduate degree with a focus on water and wastewater treatment at Johns Hopkins University thanks to his Detroit Mercy experience.

Chen came to Detroit Mercy under a partnership with Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) in China.  The partnership allows Chinese students to complete their final year of their undergraduate degree and continue for their master’s degree at Detroit Mercy.

As part of Chen’s studies, he enrolled in an environmental course, Water and Wastewater Engineering Design, CIVE 5500, taught by Dr. Alexa Rihana-Abdalla.

“This course [Water and Wastewater Engineering and Design] sparked his interest in water treatment process and eventually his pursuit for an advanced degree,” said Rihana-Abdalla.

Chen is thankful for his Detroit Mercy experience and professors, particularly Dr. Rihana-Abdallah, who helped shape his career path.

“Thank you for your teaching, without you, I would not be able to do this,” said Chen.  “One day I hope to become a professor like you.  It is my dream.”

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