Meet Bao Han Truong, Senior Major in Environmental Geology

Where are you from?

I was born in Mendrisio, Switzerland but grew up in Columbus, OH.

What do you like most about the EEPS department?

I love our tight knit community. All the faculty members are very approachable and genuinely care about students’ education and well-being. The students in the department are also wonderful. We’re all friends and I am so thankful to get to learn and grow with them!

Tell us about your senior thesis research.

Under my advisor, Ralph Harvey, I study microtektites from the Australasian meteorite impact. Microtektites are terrestrial glasses ejected from large meteorite impacts and create strewn fields. I spend hours in the lab sorting through tiny grains of soil from Antarctica to find these microtektites and other cosmic dust. My focus is to identify the presence of these microtektites and map out compositional trends to expand the previously known Australasian strewn field, understand the energetics of the Australasian meteorite impact, and indicate other impact events.

What do you like to do when you aren’t studying?

I enjoy playing badminton, skiing, hiking, and playing musical instruments.

What are you most enthused about for your future?

I’m excited to graduate from CWRU this coming May and hopefully earn an opportunity in graduate school to further my studies in cosmochemistry or geochemistry!