Mohammed Ahmed Shaikh
- Course: Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc
Why did you choose to study at the University of Leeds?
Since childhood I had a passion for innovating and to provide aid to people in need. Chemical engineering has provided me with the knowledge and platform to achieve my objectives. From saving the environment through carbon capture, to manufacturing mRNA polymers for drug delivery (covid vaccine).
The University of Leeds is one of the top universities for chemical engineering. It being part of the Russell Group also had an influence. The School of Chemical and Process Engineering has many industrial connections, helping graduates in search of their future career path.
What are the best aspects of studying on your course and why?
Understanding the principle behind a phenomenon is breath-taking. Chemical engineering provides an in-depth analysis of all types of reaction and mechanisms. From simple fluid separation, to complex nano-material synthesis. Applying these theories into practice to achieve a desired goal is like a dream come true.
Have you worked on any interesting projects at university?
In my four years at the University of Leeds, I have done multiple projects. Out of them all, the last project for my Masters was the most interesting one. The aim of the project was to treat nuclear waste water by using artificial coral. If I did manage to achieve my aim, there would be a new method to treat nuclear waste water, which will be a huge step in nuclear industry.
Just the thought of making such an impact is amazing, therefore I was really passionate on achieving my aim. In the end I did not achieve my desired aim, but this research was a part of a learning curve and with further research/learning there is a probability of the project being successful.
What’s the most important thing you have learned during your time here?
The most important thing I have learned during my time at university is to be disciplined with the time you have. Create a schedule and follow it daily, and the results will appear in the work you produce.
Would you recommend your course to others?
I like challenges and this course was my biggest challenge so far, and the hardest. If you are ready for a challenge then go for it. We need more brilliance in study to prosper humanity.