North Carolina State University 2015-16
1 September 2015
In November this year five students from UNSW Materials Science and Engineering will be travelling to North Carolina State University to spend their summer holidays doing research projects related to their degrees here in Australia. The students will have the opportunity to gain critical research skills in a global setting and have it count towards their UNSW degree as part of their required industrial training. With just over three months until departure, we got in touch with the students to see what their motivations and expectations are for joining the research program and how they think their time will influence their future career goals. We look forward to following them throughout their journey to the USA later this year.
What are your motivations and expectations for joining the NCSU exchange program?
To have the opportunity to travel, receive industrial experience as well as gain insight into the professional world of materials science was what immediately attracted me to apply for this scholarship. At the end of our experience I hope to have gained deeper insight into the world of materials research, as well as form and develop connections with other students and professors from NC State.
The jump between being a student and industry/“real” research is a gap that I have always wanted to bridge. This program has a twist of global ties which offer the perfect opportunity to experience and understand what it is that I am studying to be. Not only do I get research experience, but also the chance to get to know more about the world, in this case the USA. From learning more about the world, I hope to become more versatile in cooperating with a larger variety people and doing it well! I believe it that this will be an incredibly valuable experience that I will cherish greatly!
I have always found it quite inspiring and rewarding to talk to researchers from different cultural backgrounds and work in diverse global research environments. I sincerely believe that this research exchange program will provide me with the opportunity to learn from a number of esteemed and experienced researchers in the US. This, in turn, will allow me to explore the theoretical knowledge that I have gained in the past two years and apply it to practical, real life situations.
I was motivated to join the NCSU exchange program as it appears to be a brilliant opportunity to fulfil my Industrial Training requirements, gain valuable experience in research whilst simultaneously enabling me to travel and experience American culture. I expect that this program will teach me valuable research skills and allow me to experience the American work environment.
Ju Lien Ong
The prospect of networking and collaborating with fellow materials engineers from America that involves sharing ideas and learning from one another truly excites me. I also love giving back to the community, both in and out of UNSW and I strongly believe that I can incorporate the invaluable exchange experience in the U.S. into the many associations I am involved with that can result in further improvement.
What are your future career goals and how do you think the exchange program will influence these goals?
With Materials Science being such a diverse and continually expanding field of study and development, I hope that this exchange program will help to stimulate career interest paths that perhaps I have not explored before. However at the moment my focus is on private research, which happens to coincide with what we ourselves with are doing in Raleigh so I am very excited. I’m sure that this opportunity will be one I will remember for a long time.
No one knows what their future will be, but in this moment, we all have the opportunity to shape it. One of my future career goals is to become an active member of the global community, either in industry or the scientific community. From this exchange program, I hope to gain ties with the US and to further understand what it is to be American!
In the future, I see myself as a researcher, working in academia and contributing to the further development of new materials, particularly for applications used in biomedical fields.
In the future I hope to work at a company that is stimulating and engaging and will enable me to combine both my knowledge of materials and biomedical engineering. I think that this exchange program will broaden my outlook on future career paths by exposing me to job options in the U.S., give me the opportunity to make connections and experience research.
Ju Lien Ong
I aim to leave a positive impact on the world someday and I see this exchange program as an incredible opportunity for growth and learning. I believe some of the many outcomes from this experience such as developing my research skills and increasing my technical expertise will not only help me with my thesis project next year but also help me achieve my life goal.