# Top 20 Gert Desmet
The Power List 2021
Professor in chemical engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
In another life… After my bachelor degree in engineering, I struggled quite a bit with the choice between starting a masters degree in chemical engineering or construction engineering. Clearly two totally opposite worlds, and I am very happy with my final choice, but what I miss a bit is that the result of what we do is much less visible and tangible compared with building a house or a bridge. No doubt my research interest in the design of chromatographic support structures is subconsciously influenced by the construction engineer that still hides somewhere deep within.