Paresh Parmar - Class of 2012
Paresh Parmar studied a Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering / Master of Biomedical Engineering. He is currently studying a PhD in tissue engineering at Imperial College London.
Why did you choose to study Materials Science and Engineering?
Materials Science is all around us in everyday living. It takes many different forms that are all interconnected. It aims to aid people by improving their quality of life in one way or another. As a result, I developed a fascination in a field such as this that can more or less answer any type of question from an early age.
During high school, I also chose subjects oriented towards Materials Science since I knew I wanted to enter this discipline down the track.
Studying a Materials Science and Engineering degree has provided me with an extensive and appropriate background to solve different types of problems that people encounter on a daily basis. It has enabled me to enhance my general cognitive and technical ability to better understand various scenarios at work.
What does your current role involve?
At the moment, I am studying a PhD at Imperial College London in tissue engineering. I am working as part of a large group, known as The Stevens Group, which is focused on regenerating natural body organs using different materials, techniques and technology.
Personally, I am looking at replacing and subsequently producing natural cartilage from scratch for people who have or are suffering from different health-related diseases and injuries, such as osteoarthritis, osteochondral defects and sports-related injuries.
In this project, there is a lot of collaboration within the group as well as from outside the group, including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, Melbourne) and others, to achieve our target goal together.
Do you have any advice for high school students considering studying Materials at UNSW?
To young people thinking of pursuing a career in Materials Science at UNSW, I would say just follow your interests. You may be surprised by how far it can take you in this field. You have the perfect opportunity to study a degree that has countless exciting, challenging and equally rewarding options. Science and Engineering are all around us. You should explore and enjoy it!