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What UST taught me, how to effectively use my strengths
Date
2021-01-28
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A Conversation with Alumni

What UST taught me, how to effectively use my strengths

Alumnus, Muhammad Zubair Khan (Doctoral Program, UST-Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) Campus, Major in New Energy and System Technology, Graduated in 2018, Currently an assistant professor of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI))

One of the proudest of the “rewarding of UST” would be to see graduates go to society and find their place confidently and be recognized there. Earlier this year, UST received good news. Alumnus Muhammad Zubair Khan, who received his Ph. After 7 years of living in Korea, I interviewed with the alumnus Khan who went back to Pakistan and now fulfills his duties as a researcher and educator.

Memories and experiences that will never happen again

Alumnus Khan came to Korea because he wanted to experience something new in Asia's most dynamic country. In particular, he wanted to get a Ph.D. at KIER, which has a state-of-the-art research infrastructure in the field of renewable energy engineering. So, 7 years of life in Korea began. He has returned to Pakistan and currently serving as an assistant professor at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology. All of his time in Korea remains deep in his heart as memories he will never forget. This is because he lived that time with great effort, passion, and aggressiveness.

“It was tremendous luck for me to have accumulated a lot of memories while attending UST. That time has changed my life quality. I was provided with the necessary infrastructure to improve my skills and gained valuable knowledge about a diversifying world. But above all, I remember when I went to UST to learn Korean and introduced my research to other researchers."

Alumnus Khan was also keen on his studies, but he said he was as passionate as he did to participate in the UST program. Besides orientation, he actively participated in innovation idea contests, Korean speaking contests, overseas training support projects, Korean language classes, and cultural experience trips. Everything he experienced at this time was new, and he grew up to blossom his youth.

There is no shortcut to good research.

Alumnus Khan is working on predictive modeling and durability improvement of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) materials throughout his life. SOFC is hydrogen and hydrocarbon made by oxidizing liquefied natural gas (LNG) and generates electricity through an electrochemical reaction of air or oxygen. It can be said to be a low-carbon, high-efficiency renewable energy power generation facility.

He received significant attention for his remarkable achievements during his school years. He developed the world's first mathematical model for predicting SOFC's lifetime. He also published six academic papers as the first author in SCI-level journals. He also presented his findings at 15 international conferences, winning two awards for Best Paper. When he graduated from UST, he received the award of the research institution's president, and his achievements during his academic years were recognized. These experiences and achievements at UST led him to become an educator.

“At the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, where I serve as an assistant professor, I teach energy materials in Bachelor's and Master's courses. This course covers applied research in the energy field and the use of nanotechnology. Specifically, it focuses on the role of nanotechnology in sustainable energy production, efficient energy storage, and ethical use of energy.”

Educators don't just convey knowledge. Of course, knowledge has a significant influence on the attitude of life and goals in life. What kind of educator would he want to be for his students, who has just been on his path as an educator?

He also left a word of advice to his juniors of UST where had a golden age in life.

“There is no shortcut to good research. To develop your understanding and focus on finding the right research idea is good research. The next important step is to establish a research plan and then carry out productive research. However, it is the confidence that determines the success of your research. If you are afraid of failure, you will have a hard time succeeding in your research. Knowing how to overcome failure will make your research more fun and improve your understanding of the field of research.”

Alumnus Khan is currently working on improving SOFC material durability and developing the efficient and smart design of SOFCs. I want to express congratulations and support to him, who has just taken a step as a researcher and educator.