ESP Biography



CHIBUEZE AMANCHUKWU, MIT PhD student studying engineering




Major: Chemical Engineering

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Nigerian by birth. American by choice. Engineer by training. Historian by necessity. Lover of teaching.



Past Classes

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The Dark Continent (Who Dimmed the Light?) in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
There’s a class 99% of you will never take during your educational career. A topic 99% of you would never learn. And this topic affects over a billion people. An entire continent. The continent that appears on your TV screen or your social media account whenever things go wrong. Things always seem to go wrong. We are talking about Africa. Come learn about colonialism and its continued effect on the continent. Why does it appear that most African countries can’t get it right politically, why there always appear to be brutal civil wars, why do the countries languish in poverty despite numerous natural resources? You are guaranteed to learn something new, and can be the change we wish to see in the continent. Previous Splash students rated the class 4.5/5. Sign up!


The Dark Continent (Who Dimmed the Light?) in HSSP Spring 2016 (Feb. 20, 2016)
There’s a class 99% of you will never take during your educational career. A topic 99% of you would never learn. And this topic affects over a billion people. An entire continent. The continent that appears on your TV screen or your social media account whenever things go wrong. Things always seem to go wrong. We are talking about Africa. Come learn about colonialism and its continued effect on the continent. Why does it appear that most African countries can’t get it right politically, why there always appear to be brutal civil wars, why do the countries languish in poverty despite numerous natural resources? You are guaranteed to learn something new, and can be the change we wish to see in the continent. I also taught this class during MIT Splash (Fall 2015), and the students loved it and said it was fun! They rated it highly too (4.5/5). Sign up!


The Dark Continent (Who Dimmed the Light?) in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
There’s a class 99% of you will never take during your educational career. A topic 99% of you would never learn. And this topic affects over a billion people. An entire continent. The continent that appears on your TV screen or your social media account whenever things go wrong. Things always seem to go wrong. We are talking about Africa. Come learn about colonialism and its continued effect on the continent. Why does it appear that most African countries can’t get it right politically, why there always appear to be brutal civil wars, why do the countries languish in poverty despite numerous natural resources? You are guaranteed to learn something new, and can be the change we wish to see in the continent.


How lithium-ion batteries (in your iPhone, laptop) work in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
If you have a smart phone (iPhone, Galaxy) or a laptop, you have certainly said this at least once: "My battery is dead." But, do you know why? Lithium-ion batteries are in our smart phones, our laptops, and are now in electric vehicles. Come learn about how they work, why they are so exciting, and what the future holds for lithium-ion batteries. Without lithium-ion batteries, our smart phones and laptops would not even last for as long as they currently do. Can you imagine that?? And current electric vehicles would not even exist!!


How lithium-ion batteries (in your iPhone, laptop) work in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2013)
If you have a smart phone (iPhone, Galaxy) or a laptop, you have certainly said this at least once: "My battery is dead." But, do you know why? Lithium-ion batteries are in our smart phones, our laptops, and are now in electric vehicles. Come learn about how they work, why they are so exciting, and what the future holds for lithium-ion batteries. Without lithium-ion batteries, our smart phones and laptops would not even last for as long as they currently do. Can you imagine that?? And current electric vehicles would not even exist!!