Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
Ever since I started my engineering career, I have always had an innate interest and curiosity to understand how science and technology intersect with policy, especially within the realm of air pollution, energy, and the environment. And there is no place better than a graduate school where you can dissect that interest with utmost sincerity and freedom, while also contributing to the ever-growing/evolving knowledge in your field.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is a global leader in sustainability, ecological and environmental research. It is home to a diverse and dynamic community that works on critical global issues with an interdisciplinary lens, aligning perfectly with my research interests and academic and professional goals.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The interdisciplinary approach at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) towards answering questions related to real-world problems within the realm of environment and sustainability is its most attractive feature. The faculty members at IRES have excellent interdisciplinary expertise in a wide range of topics, including air pollution, environment, and health, which greatly complements my values and PhD research that utilizes both applied sciences and social sciences techniques.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I am amazed by the range of research produced at UBC. It is profoundly inspiring. Also, the change of color of the tree leaves from summer to fall seasons and the cherry blossoms within the UBC campus and in the streets of Vancouver continue to surprise me with their beauty.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Early in my engineering career, I realized how almost every real-world problems are interlinked and interdisciplinary. Especially when you transition from a disciplinary engineering background to a program where you plan to use interdisciplinary approaches, it becomes more important to understand your positionality and where you are in the bigger picture. My previous work and research experiences helped me in this case to better prepare for my PhD program at UBC.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I am a lifelong Chelsea FC fan, and therefore I am either watching them play or on a field kicking a soccer ball whenever I can. While indoors, I am very much into board games, video games, and escape rooms.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Depending on your research, the work can be either very engaging or isolating or something within these extremes. Regardless, as exciting as it can be, embarking on a PhD journey can be daunting in many ways. Therefore it is very crucial to take care of your physical and mental health. While also making sure to celebrate and cherish the little victories along your journey.