Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I have been fascinated with research from the time I was an undergrad working on problems in applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Through industry experience of building simulation tools and working on numerical fluid simulation problems during and after completing my master's degree, I found my passion for developing efficient simulation methods. I think that graduate school provides the opportunity to solve challenging problems at the forefront of human discovery, which is an extraordinarily rewarding process.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC offers a very rich environment for interdisciplinary research and has an excellent reputation for producing world class results in numerical methods, computer graphics and computational mechanics. These resources are particularly relevant to my area of research. In addition, the landscape around Vancouver forms a premium destination for many of my favourite outdoor activities like climbing, skiing and mountain biking.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
My supervisor Dinesh Pai, is also a CEO of a local technology startup. This gives his research group a focus in pursuing research topics that are highly relevant in industry. In addition, Dinesh's group has an excellent track record of producing high quality research in contact mechanics and other topics in simulation.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
How easy it is to get around without owning a car. Between different car share programs and an excellent transit system, it is quite easy the get around.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Start writing early. Specifically typeset notes in any way related to your research. This will make writing your thesis a lot less stressful.