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Mohammad Sohaib Saif

Mohammad Sohaib Saif is currently in his second year, studying the Intergrated Masters programme in Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems. He was one of the members of Team AirKroydon, who participated in last year’s (2020) CleanTechChallenge global competition

Undergraduate life at Leeds

Since childhood, Mohammad has always had an interest in making things out of anything and was always intrigued in finding out how things work, which led to his passion for engineering. He said, “For me, engineering is the scientific principle where I am able to learn how things are made and how to make them. I’ve also always been keen to contribute and help as much as I can, therefore I wanted to be part of the amazing research community that are making and building a better future.”

profile picture of Mohammad saif, stood by the steps near edward boyle library

I wanted to be part of the amazing research community that are making and building a better future.

“The University of Leeds is a top university in the UK, and being part of the Russell Group Universities, the University contributes to research and innovation, especially in the engineering industry. My choice was made based on quality education, location, affordability and job opportunities. I believe that there are immense opportunity for young people to develop academically and professionally at Leeds, especially with all the support that is available to us. I feel extremely lucky to have good people around me, mainly my professors and my tutors who are always pushing me to do my best and reach my potential.”  

“I am currently a second year student studying an MEng in Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems. Energy insufficiency is a global issue that affects our planet and our loves, and I want to find solutions for these issues. I feel that this course was perfectly build for what I was looking for, as it provides a strong foundation in electronics and electrical concepts, as well as the opportunity for me to build on areas such as power electronics for renewable energy systems, thus enabling me to make the world more sustainable and efficient for everyone in the future.”

I believe that there are immense opportunity for young people to develop academically and professionally at Leeds, especially with all the support that is available to us.

The CleanTech Challenge 

illustration of team airkroydon's carbon capture project in recent cleantech challenge competition

Mohammad was one of the members of Team AirKroydon, who participated in last year’s CleanTech Challenge global competition. 

“The Cleantech Challenge Competition was a great experience as it led us through the various stages of setting up a new enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan to creating a funding proposal for potential investors. The idea actually started with Patrick Wilkinson and myself with another friend of ours, at one of the tables at Fuse cafe located in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering, where we were discussing new ways to fight climate change and that’s when Patrick thought of a brilliant idea. The idea is to draw polluted air with a high concentration of CO2 from major towns, cities and roads into storm drainage systems and then into particle filtration and carbon capture modules.

Patrick proposed the idea to the Cleantech Challenge Competition, and after he was accepted to go through the first stage, he put a team together, which included myself and Pierre-Arnaud Cointin, and we worked incredibly hard to proceed to the final stages of the competition.

The idea is to draw polluted air with a high concentration of CO2 from major towns, cities and roads into storm drainage systems and then into particle filtration and carbon capture modules.

As we passed through each stages, things got less technical and more financial and economical. For example, we had to prepare a business plan, and unfortunately for us, as first years back then, we didn’t have much experience in this. But thanks to the peer that was assigned to us, we researched the field and market to extrapolate useful information and this gave me a good analytical skill on how to create a business plan. Even though we didn’t win, it was a great experience and opportunity to learn and challenge myself.”

Online learning

“Online learning will never equal to the learning experience I received at Leeds before Covid-19, but I am grateful that the University is trying its’ best to reintroduce practical work into our studies by sending us components kits to our accommodation, so we still have the opportunity to gain practical experience and work on projects. I do miss attending lectures and working in labs, so I cannot wait to go back in a lecture theatre and interact with lecturers and discover new findings in the labs.”

The future

“My future plans are to finish my degree, develop my skills within a company that invests in young engineers for their development and that works towards a better future. I would also like to integrate my technical skills to diverse parts of a company such as economical, social, marketing and development of the company. Once I am a senior engineer I would like to gain the chartered engineering certificate, and hopefully in the future, develop all my skills learned in my life to either inspire others with my own company.

Tips and advice

...don’t hold back. Raise your hand or voice, it is your turn to shine!

“I’d just like to add that don’t be afraid to learn. This course can be overwhelming at times like all Engineering courses, but it is an adventure. Like everything else in life, it is your job to take the best out of it, the resources and support are available, just don’t hold back. Raise your hand or voice, it is your turn to shine!”