Last Call: Alice Leung

Then + Now

Until the class of 2013 grows up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here.

People might know me as…the very loud girl in the Barus & Holley computer lab (B&H191) or the loud girl who reps the Bay Area and Derrick Rose a little too hard at Nelson or the OMAC.

In my time at Brown, I am most proud of…the impacts I’ve made, the research I’ve done, and most importantly, the relationships I’ve built. I am proud to have made positive impacts on people and on projects/teams I’ve worked on/with. Similarly, I am glad to have learned so much from the people that I’m surrounded with. The people at Brown are truly amazing and the engineering community is a family. I had the honor of working in an incredible lab (Professor Angus Kingon) doing some cutting edge research in materials science. (If you to learn more about my research, email me and we can nerd out.)

On a Friday night, you might find yourself…playing ball at the OMAC or sipping wine or Bailey’s with my bestie, Isha Gulati, at 315 Thayer. Come see us.

The best class/professor at Brown is…This is a very tough one because I’ve taken so many rewarding classes that have taught me so much in the field of study, and have helped me develop skills that I will be using for the rest of my life. But if I must… I would have to say that the most challenging and rewarding class I’ve taken (ever in my life.. and I have taken a lot of tough engineering classes) is ENGN 1590 (Introduction to Semiconductors and Semiconductor Electronics) taught by Professor Alexander Zaslavsky. Professor Zaslavsky is a top-notch professor who explains things very well (though we must convince ourselves of some things that the engineering and physics Gods have derived) and cares a lot about his students. He calls himself “the evil professor” and all the tough love pays off because you will be well versed in the world of semiconductors, which makes the class so rewarding. Thank you Professor Zaslavsky!

Favorite building at Brown? Why?
I feel like I’m supposed to say Barus & Holley because that’s where I spend most of my time, but I really like the Granoff Center because of the modern and unique architecture. The fact that it has so many windows makes it that much better than Barus & Holley already. In addition, there are special labs and spaces that speak to innovation, design, and interdisciplinary collaboration. I can’t wait to see the new School of Engineering building though.

Three things you wish you knew freshman year…
1) Time flies! If I had known that college would go by way faster than high school, I would have made some moves sooner rather than later.
2) The OMAC is an amazing place. I didn’t really discover the OMAC until junior year because I lived on the south side of campus.
3) CS is the most lucrative major.. I would have taken more programming classes.

What is the most underrated thing at Brown?
Perkins. I don’t get why so many people hate on Perkins. But you know what, haters gonna hate, and haters make us stronger. I lived there freshman year and the friendships I’ve built there are definitely everlasting! There is an eternal bond.

Ratty vs. V-Dub…Ratty because I probably only went to the V-Dub about 10 times while I was on meal plan.

One thing you wish you had done…Gone to FishCo when it was still FishCo… and I still haven’t been to Whisko. I’m definitely going before I graduate. May, anyone?

I hear you’re a fan of the injured Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose. If you could sing one song to make him feel better, what would it be?
I think the love and care exuding from my presence next to him would already make him feel better! But if I had the voice to serenade him, I would sing him a love song (Alicia Keys – “If I Ain’t Got You”) to confess my love for him and to tell him the NBA is not the same without him. Then, to pump him up and to get his mind to 110%, I would pull out my inner rapper and perform a specialized version of Fabolous (ft. Jeremih) – “It’s My Time,” which is one of my favorite workout songs.

After graduation, you plan to…live, love, laugh, and be happy.

The weirdest object I have in my apartment is…The windows in my apartment don’t stay up, so we found this phallic shaped object left here by our previous tenants and use it to prop the window up. It seems to be a vase…

Phallic Window Prop

Gladys’ question: If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be and who would you take with you and why (it doesn’t have to be someone you already know)?
Francisco Oliveira and I are taking GEOL 1510 together and we both thought the town called Whoop Whoop, Antarctica sounded really cool, so we’d go and check out the weather station there.

Who would you like to tag next? Why?
Rakesh Patel. He is probably the smartest person I know. A true genius. I met him freshman year in Perkins and through the four years at Brown, I’ve seen a lot of positive growth. I can definitely see this guy doing big things with his life.

What question would you like to ask them? What would be a better motor for my skyline– a gallo 12 or a gallo 24?

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