Kristin Constancio

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Kristin Constancio

Internship in Torino, Italy

Year: Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Program: International Engineering Certificate in Italian

My internship at the Politecnico di Torino in Torino, Italy was by far the most memorable and influential experience of my life. I knew that an internship abroad would be an exciting experience but I had no idea what an impact it would leave on me as a person.  Although I was extremely sad for my time in Italy to be over, I was very confident entering the professional world with all of my newfound knowledge.  I have made friends that I can undeniably say that I will be friends with for the rest of my life.  I have seen many beautiful places and have stories that I will be telling for eternity.  I think that the International Engineering Program is unparalleled and a perfect program to make your undergraduate experience complete.

My chemical and aerospace engineering project at the Politecnico di Torino involved characterizing the fluid dynamics within the Confined Impinging Jet Reactor (CIJ) used in the Department of Chemical Engineering. The product formed in the CIJ reactors is nanoparticles which will be used in pharmaceuticals.  The characterization was performed in an Aeronautical Engineering laboratory with Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV).  I utilized my knowledge gained from my courses and research experience at the University of Colorado at Boulder to assist me in this process.

Living in a different country is a journey in which you learn almost too many things to share, but I will impart a little wisdom. Some of the things I learned for the first time:

  • Torino is the queen, the Alps are her crown, the Po is her silver belt, and the hills are her feet (check out a map.
  • Margherita Pizza started in Napoli and was made for Queen Margherita.  This Queen's husband was responsible for uniting Italy, so this pizza was very special.  It was made out of three colors: red-tomatoes, white-mozzarella, and green-oregano, to represent the new Italian flag.
  • Do not order a cappuccino after dinner, no matter how good it tastes because you will get laughed at.

Some of the things I learned for the second time are:

  • How to make a phone call, make sure you dial all the proper 0s and 1s and don’t expect to leave a voice message because there is generally no possibility.
  • How to order a pepperoni pizza, a.k.a. Pizza Diavolo.


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