Well, I’m finally here in Austin with my family. I will be here for 5 years getting a PhD in Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. It seems to be a really nice city so far, and my wife really likes it too. It’s large enough that there are a few other Japanese that we have located already, and there are a few stores where she can buy some of the things that she needs/wants.

I only have until the end of September to decide which professor I would like to work under for the next 5 years. That’s a very big decision, and I don’t have a lot of time to make it. (Assuming I get to work with whom I choose, that is.) And on top of that I have three very hard classes. Advanced Transport (graduate-level momentum, heat, and mass transfer), Advanced Thermodynamics (i.e. intro to statistical mechanics), and Advanced Math for Engineers. (This one is considered easy compared to the first two, but I get the feeling that it’s by comparison only.) It looks like I’m in for a really fun first semester.