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Where are you studying presently, and describe your course / research.
I joined Monash as a full-time Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student right after I finished my bachelor’s degree. My current research is multidisciplinary; it involves various streams of engineering such as electrical, chemical, mechanical, and materials. As with anything new, I find this line of research both intriguing and challenging at the same time. Research on a daily basis can be very one-dimensional. This change of field adds a bit of flavour to the routine research life.
My research, simply put, is looking into possibilities of harvesting electrical energy from vibrations using piezoelectric nanostructures. The novelty in this research comes from the coupling of these nanostructures grown on acoustic devices to harvest maximum electrical energy.
Why did you choose to study at Monash University Malaysia?
I’ve always been inclined towards academia as my dad comes from the same line of work. With the current competitive job market, a PhD from a reputed university can add that extra edge employers are looking for. Considering Monash University’s ranking, international reputation and research infrastructure, I decided to return back to my alma mater without a second thought.
Describe your study experience at Monash University Malaysia.
The best thing about university life would be the avenue to meet new people. As you grow older, it gets harder to make new friends and meet like-minded people. In a university, you get a steady stream of new faces every semester, be it undergraduate or postgraduate students. Student retreats, free meals, and student discounts are also worth a mention.
How did you find your degree (PhD) program? What did you like best about it?
What were the challenging aspects of your degree program?
How does it feel to be teaching at your own alma mater? How do you feel about working alongside lecturers who were once your lecturers?
What advice would you offer to the current students on how to succeed in university?
For those who want to pursue a research degree, I would advise you to think carefully before you come to a decision. Research is not for everyone; it can be very frustrating and monotonous most of the time. But if you’re the type who wants to discover new things and has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, then this is the right path for you. Another advice for any student: enjoy it while it lasts. University is the best place to meet a diverse range of students and make new friends. Use this opportunity to push your social boundaries. Do not forget to have fun!