Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
Pursuing a graduate degree allows me the freedom to explore questions that I find interesting, and have full autonomy over my work. The Interdisciplinary Studies PhD programme means I can work across the Astrophysics and Political Science departments, learning new techniques and methods to understand the world and complementing my engineering background.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is a world renowned organisation in a fantastic city. Being able to meet students and teachers from Canada and around the world is a great benefit to my research, career and life. Furthermore, my supervisors at UBC are experts in their field and brilliant mentors. In addition, British Columbia has an awe-inspiring landscape that I am looking forward to exploring.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The Interdisciplinary Studies PhD program allows me to work with Astrophysicists and Political Scientists, as well as experts in space engineering, law and policy. Complementing my background in engineering and business, the program gives me freedom to learn new approaches and see the wider picture behind some of the problems in the space environment today.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?
I am looking forward to the new places my PhD program could take me, be it working with other research institutes, companies or governments, and being able to have complete control over my research.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Having worked in different roles in the space industry gave me a large insight into the different perspectives people, companies and regulators have. This is invaluable to my research as it allowed me to understand how different stakeholders act and gave me life experience beyond academia.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I am a newbie mountaineer and my favourite place is on the side of a mountain, particularly when surrounded by snow. In addition, I do Olympic weightlifting and swimming to keep fit, and play the piano when I have time.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Try to stay organised and work out what you need to prioritise in both your work and personal life. Make the most out of the freedom of university by taking time to do things outside of work, be it learning a language, meeting new people or exploring the local area.