Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue a graduate degree (Ph.D. in my case) because it is a degree which signifies expertise, signifies the capability to conduct research. An entry card into a community of experts in some “area” and by the time I graduate, I will be known and respected as an expert in that area. But moreover, because it is a process of discovery (of knowledge about the world and myself).
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is a world-renowned university and is consistently ranked among the top 40 schools in the world. In the category of research income, volume and reputation UBC ranks 26th, and 8th in terms of international mix. Graduate students are provided the opportunity to work with the world-class faculty and conduct leading-edge research in their field. Graduate students are given access to state of the art laboratories with an outstanding inventory of equipment, supported by full-time faculty and staff.
I decided to pursue a graduate degree...because it is a process of discovery (of knowledge about the world and myself).
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
Be able to call me an expert in an area that matters.
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
At the end of the day, be able to find a proper answer to the question of "why will people care about my solution?"
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Both of my past academic and industrial life experiences have best prepared me for my UBC graduate program. To me, both academic and industry experiences are important to have before entering into any graduate program, especially in the fields of engineering.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
To spend some quality time with my family, read books etc.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Try to be sure about what you want to do in your life and what is your ultimate goal. Always try to do what you like rather than relying on other's instructions.