What was a highlight or favourite moment from your time at SFU?
Being one of the few students enrolled at SFU under a collaborative research program between India and Canada was itself an exciting journey for myself. Showcasing my research in clean energy and interacting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other dignitaries in an event organized at SFU are memorable highlights in my PhD journey. It was also great to explore the beautiful Alps and trekking in and around B.C. during the summer.
How has your experience at SFU prepared you for your career path?
Pursuing a PhD at SFU has been a turning point in my career. Working with the incredible team at SFU’s Fuel Cell Research Laboratory (FCReL) led by Dr. Kjeang has helped me reach the forefront of my research domain. Also, the multidimensional approach towards research and the interaction with the vibrant SFU community has helped me shape my personality in various other ways.
What advice would you like to share to students in their first year?
The journey of being a PhD candidate is a roller coaster ride and it needs to be enjoyed the same way. Interacting with fellow researchers, making friends outside the school, and participating in various extracurricular activities helped me a lot. It provided me with a way to ease out from the exhaustive course work and academic activities at many times. I would advise the same to the new grad students.
What are your current plans?
Currently, I am working as a Staff Engineer at one of the leading fuel cell companies across the globe. I enjoy my role working on the next generation products towards sustainable energy solutions. I feel excited utilizing my knowledge gained over my PhD journey at the workplace and look forward to enhancing my experience by contributing towards new technologies.
What was your research focus?
My doctoral research focused on developing high-performing open-cathode polymer electrolyte fuel cells. I used computational models to design/simulate innovative materials, access their impact on fuel cell performance and uncover their experimental validation. We came up with a strategic design of the electrodes and fuel cells configuration, which can be applied to build lighter, efficient, and economical energy systems.