Nourhan Ahmed ElShatlawy, BEng undergraduate in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Nourhan Ahmed ElShatlawy

Why did you decide to study at the university of leeds?

The University of Leeds leads one of the most prestigious Chemical Engineering courses in the UK, which is one of the reasons why I have chosen this university. Aside from that, I would like to enjoy an authentic overseas experience here, especially the English culture and the opportunity to make friends of different cultures and backgrounds.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the university and why?

Studying abroad at the University of Leeds has allowed me to familiarise myself with a variety of cultures and introduced me to students from around the world, which widened my horizons.Living here has also taught and encouraged me to be more independent and responsible. Moreover, the modules and the variety of classmates challenge and intellectually stimulate me, which allows me to grow as a person. 

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far.

One of the projects that I had to work on was to compare various materials based on their microstructure and properties to be able to select the best material required for building a turbine engine. Thus, using a software known as CES Edupack in cohesion with some problem-solving skills, a conclusion was attained to select the most accurate material required for the turbine engine. 

Moreover, as a second year chemical engineer I am currently working in a group to produce an ethylene glycol plant. My part is to design and upgrade the plan of an existing plant by producing a process flow diagram and completing the design base sheet depending on the calculation of mass and energy balance. in addition to making critical decisions on the pressure of the steam generated by being aware of the boiling temperate change. 

What does leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a very lively city that is very much equipped with everything, from a fantastic choice of food markets to a range of different night clubs. It is a place where you can study, party, and relax.I personally as an international student coming from Dubai had no trouble in fitting in or even getting to know the city. The people are very friendly and helpful when needed and since the city is full of students its rarely that you would feel left out or homesick.

What are you ambitions for the future?

The world is progressing at an extremely fast pace, so there is no room for ignorance. The population is growing exponentially and its demand is never ending compared to the scarce resources available. This has been a critical issue for past decades. Therefore, my utmost aim is to conceive and design outstanding projects that would allow me to leave my imprints on the world. I understand that not every answer would be easily found from the books surrounding me, and that it would take a considerable amount of persistence and tenacity to test every idea till it reaches perfection. However, there is no greater joy than the feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment when observing how my idea has assisted the lives of many and has helped them in every way, whether it was economically, socially, or even technologically. My main concern is mainly in the energy and renewable sector in order to ensure that the resources are used efficiently and yet remains in abundance.

What experiences at leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

The coexistence of multicultural students and my involvement in societies help me extend my networks as well as better my organisational and communication skills. My adaptability has also improved due to these same reasons and the circumstances of living alone. The workload and modules I learned, which are intellectually challenging, improves my time management and problem-solving skills, too. All of these would help my future career.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Chemical Engineering is definitely an intense course. Be prepared to sometimes pull an all nighter to get through projects but the results are always worth it. This is a course with many students so you are faced with chances to meet many more of your fellow course mates, be ready to socialise with them and you'll sure enjoy your university life.