“I chose Design Engineering because it was about building something and getting it out into the real world.”
I was born in Afghanistan but grew up in Stoke-On-Trent. It was in secondary school that I really started getting into science. First, I got into physics – I think you can basically know everything if you know physics. Then, I became interested in how you can apply physics to make real things, which is how I discovered engineering. I was also interested in computer science because I wanted to make my own video game.
When I was looking to apply to university, I didn’t know which subject to pick because I was interested in so many areas. Funnily enough, I almost decided not to attend university at all because I wanted to do something business-focussed, and nothing seemed to have that as a core component.
Imperial’s Design Engineering course started when I was applying for university, and I chose it because it was interdisciplinary with a real product focus. It was about building something and getting it out into the real world. I was in the second cohort, so it came at just the right time! I am a very independent person – I like working on my own stuff, and I was able to do that while completing the course.
My friend Harry and I started the Machine Learning Society in our second year. We grew so quickly that within the first two months it already had 800 members, which was unheard of.
We organised a lot of events where we invited speakers from Deep Mind and other big names like NVIDIA. They would talk about different aspects of AI, not just technically but also how it would affect the world. Harry and I also ran tutorials, which were more practical – people would come in and we would code along with them, teaching them from the ground up. The Machine Learning Society has now rebranded as AI Core, which is an expansion into training and working with all of London’s top AI talent.
We won an Outstanding Student Achievement Award for our work on creating the Machine Learning Society. We had a lot of late nights planning events and creating teaching content so it was a great feeling to know that the wider community appreciated all of the work we were putting in.
“I feel very passionate about my work because it enables us to explore realms of human experience which have gone relatively unnoticed in scientific research.”
I studied Psychology in Santiago, Chile, my home country. After working for a couple of years there, I enrolled for a Master’s in Neuroscience at the University of Bologna in Italy, where I did some experimental work on the mechanisms associated with time perception and learning. (more…)
“My research looks at wearable technology and how it can be used to monitor athletes’ movements in sports as both a performance indicator and an injury prevention tool.”
I started my undergraduate degree at Imperial in Materials Science and Engineering in 2012. I then had a short break before coming back to start my PhD, which looks at the use of strain sensors to measure joint kinematics in sport. My research looks at wearable technology, and how it can be used to monitor athletes’ movements in sports as both a performance indicator and an injury prevention tool.
Throughout my time at Imperial, I’ve been involved with sports – first rowing, and now cycling. During my undergraduate degree, I was part of the Imperial College Boat Club, and I’m now part of the Imperial College Cycling Club. I enjoyed being part of the Boat Club as it felt like I was part of a supportive community, and it was great to meet people who were also interested in rowing. (more…)
“I’m always proud to see MBBS students become junior doctors and to see ground-breaking research by the familiar faces of our library users reported in the news.”
I started my career at the age of seven as a student librarian at primary school – clearly it was a formative experience as I’ve been working as a qualified librarian since 2008. I’ve been at Imperial Library Services for eight years. The pay, conditions and technology have vastly improved from that primary school library, but I do miss the special gold “Librarian” badge… (more…)
“I’m part of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum and am currently the co-Chair of Imperial 600, the College’s staff network for LGBTQ+ staff, postgraduate students and their allies.”
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While my early career experience was in pharmaceuticals and financial services in both Canada and the US, I decided to work in Higher Education after completing my MBA at IE Business School in Madrid.
Since then I’ve held several senior director roles, primarily focused on leading market expansion and international recruitment, along with corporate partnerships and alumni outreach. I’ve been a bit of an avid learner too, having gone on to complete several postgraduate programmes and executive courses at school like Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Cambridge’s Judge Business School, and the Booth School of Business, at the University of Chicago. (more…)
“I am proud to be queer – it has given me the drive to do as much as I can to combat any biases and injustices within science and healthcare.”
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I joined the College’s Science Communication Master’s programme in September last year. The course fits me perfectly and allows me to combine my love of writing, investigating and the sciences. Prior to joining the course I’d studied journalism at undergraduate level, and was always keen to follow this into science communication and reporting. (more…)
“It is really rewarding to organise events that our students get a lot out of, and that employers continue to attend because they value the talent at Imperial.”
I graduated in 2008 with a BA in Fine Art and have since worked in a diverse range of places, including the Houses of Parliament, the Natural History Museum and a rare stamp and coin specialist business. Working in this pretty eclectic mix has helped me develop a broad range of skills, and I have really enjoyed being able to meet and work with so many different characters.
I started working at Imperial in 2016 as a Marketing and Events Assistant in the Careers Service. My role is varied and can mean juggling a lot of disparate tasks, which is what attracted me to the position. My focus revolves around producing and designing our printed and online resources for students, assisting in the organisation of on-campus careers events and establishing good relationships with employers. I have really enjoyed working to develop our Careers Service’s visual identity into something that makes us stand out and attracts students to our service, and I hope to continue to evolve our identity onto different platforms. (more…)
“My research involves investigating how continents rip apart to form new oceans, and what controls the size and style of earthquakes at subduction zones.”
My road to Imperial started with a childhood interest in picking up pebbles on the beach and making plaster cast fossils with my dad. At school I enjoyed maths, physics and chemistry, but did not enjoy any of them enough on their own to commit to doing them at university!
Fortunately, one day I sat in my school’s library and discovered a subject called Earth Science in a university prospectus. I had never heard of it before, but it fit all of my interests perfectly, and I have never looked back. (more…)
“I didn’t realise how supportive of parenthood Imperial was – from the nursing room to the childcare centre. I immensely appreciate the College’s understanding that you can work in academia and be a parent.”
I was born and raised in Nigeria. I received a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin, and subsequently obtained an MSc in Chemical Process Engineering from UCL. I started my PhD at Imperial in September 2017, receiving a scholarship from the Department of Chemical Engineering in collaboration with Shell. (more…)
“I feel that Imperial’s willingness to support new initiatives is something I have benefited from, especially as this year I was able to start up a new Rap Society.”
During my time at Imperial, I’ve been involved in a few different extracurricular activities. In my first year, I developed an interest in under-representation in certain spaces, and decided to run for the position of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Officer. I also took up a role in the College’s Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team, as well as becoming the Vice President (VP) of Diversity within the Investment Society, which was a new role at the time. (more…)