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I got hands- on experience with the latest cutting-edge chemistry software including Gaussian a quantum mechanics program that lets you simulate what electrons are doing in molecules. Rensselaer delivers on its promise. It will get you into the lab and it will get you going. AT WORK Evolution of a Scientist JAMES BUCHWALD 17 Right from the beginning of high school James Buchwald knew that he wanted to be a professor. Originally I planned to study computer science but as a high school sophomore I took a chemistry class and saw my future. Buchwald also saw his future while visiting Rensselaer on a college tour. I could see that Rensselaer had far more opportunity for undergraduate research than the other schools I was looking at he recalled. He was particularly attracted to the accelerated B.S.Ph.D. program in chemistry and he now expects to graduate with his doctorate in the spring of 2017. The accelerated degree program has been a great experience for me said Buchwald who joined a research group prior to entering the program but took advantage of the rotations during the spring semester to see how groups working in other fields of chemistry operated. For one rotation I visited the research group of Professor Curt Breneman now dean of the School of Science and learned about computational chemistry he said. Buchwalds current research is focused on artificial photosynthesisresearch that hopefully will one day provide the world with the tools to produce renewable hydrogen gas from water and sunlight. One of the most important things for someone wanting to study science is to get into the lab and actually start doing research he explained. It is the best way to learn science and to gain a perspective on the field. Rensselaer delivers on its promise. It will get you into the lab and it will get you going. the launch pad 11