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Kent Choquette

Kent Choquette

Abel Bliss Professor | UI Grainger College of Engineering

During move-in week ’19, we asked UI faculty members to tell us a story about their own experience of leaving home for the first time. Here’s two-degree Colorado grad Kent Choquette, who in 2012 was named the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering.

“I distinctly remember loading the back seat of my tiny Corolla with all my shirts and clothes in late summer of 1979 and driving from my hometown all of 20 miles to Boulder as a freshman at the University of Colorado. 

"Although I would later visit, I never moved back with my parents after that day.

“I remember feeling independent and free and how great that felt. That first semester was actually pretty rough and I learned that independence came with a price.”