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Past MSc Student Profiles

Below you can meet some of our recent MSc Graduates.

Adewole Aderibigbe - MSc Graduate 2011

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I obtained a B Sc degree in Chemical Engineering from the ObafemiAwolowo University, Nigeria in 2007. After a brief stint in volunteering with government agencies, I decided to pursue an overseas master’s degree in a high profile school. Thanks to the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, my dream of coming to UCL came to reality. Studying in London and especially at UCL provided so much fun. The range of MSc courses was very broad: from management courses to environmental systems, energy systems and sustainability, etc. Moreover, each course was taught by seasoned professionals and academics, providing a touch of reality. The modules were well-taught and the teaching style was very interactive. The almost limitless access to engineering softwares and journals also made the learning experience exceptional.

The most intriguing part of it all was my research project. I worked on pool evaporation modelling. It was so fulfilling to see that an improvement I suggested to an already existing pool evaporation model helped bring about a very significant reduction in the mean percentage error of the original model.

It’s been a worthwhile adventure. Definitely, the unique experiences I have garnered at UCL will stand me out in my career in the near future.

Mathew Adeyinka - MSc Graduate 2011

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Having completed my B.Sc degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos with a First Class honours, I was determined to use my numerical and analytical skills to tackle the global energy challenges, especially that of my country, Nigeria. I quickly realised that it was difficult to pursue such goal without a good specialist knowledge in the area of energy systems and sustainability, and in a global top University. However, at this time last year, having made my decision to further my studies, I secured a fully funded scholarship for my M.Sc (research) in Chemical Process Engineering at this great institution. And this has broadened my knowledge base on the various aspects of energy sciences, engineering and management, as contained in the programme module.

My research involved the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of homogeneous fluidized bed system. I discovered my passion in fluid dynamics and the modelling of multi-fluid systems via developing mathematical equations, simulating and interpreting the results. Moreso, not only did I had the freedom to learn and find out things for myself, but I also had the exceptional support of my supervisor and other staffs whenever there was a need for one.

I must say this, it was very busy year, nevertheless, I was able to tap into the various available opportunities to improve my communication and interpersonal skills through my participations in the careers service events, volunteered to lead in the various group projects such as the development of a project plan for the National Health Service (NHS) information technology support system and the design and review of a fuel cell driven hybrid electric vehicle system during the project management and energy systems’ classes, facilitated the engineering water evening event organized by the UCL Volunteering Society, e.t.c.

In conclusion, this was a worthwhile investment for me, as I am currently doing my engineering work placement at Dow Chemicals Company, and having the priviledge to put to practice all my acquired skills on the company’s various project assignments.

Indeed it’s a new beginning!

Huan Chen - MSc Graduate 2011

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I obtained both of my Bsc degrees with First Class from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai in March 2008, and Lübeck University of Applied Science, Lübeck in September 2009. I was then working as an Energy Saving Engineer at StadtwerkeLübeck in Germany, where I was exposed to the practical aspects of engineering. It was during this period that my interest in chemical engineering was reinforced, and I chose UCL’s Msc program in chemical process engineering. UCL attracted me because the Msc program on offer provided a platform of further learning and experience in the world’s top research projects, and an ideal chance to further combine my professional knowledge and skills in the chemical and environmental engineering field. Undertaking the Msc program was one of the most exciting experiences of my life, especially the research project supervised by Prof. A. Gavriilidis and Dr. E.H. Cao. This involved the experimental studies of catalytic oxidation of benzyl alcohol on supported Au-Pd nanoparticles in different microreactors, to improve the selectivity and fine-tune the catalysts.

The high levels of analytic and research skills and the ability to deal with large volumes of complex data were developed during my Msc project. In particular, part of my study results relating to the disproportionation of benzyl alcohol catalysed by supported Au-Pd nanoparticles was published in the conference poster in Europa Cat 10 (Glasgow, Scotland, August 2011). Additionally, my work had direct industrial applications which offered me great job opportunities in a wide range of chemical and oil companies in the future.

Ikechukwu Nwangwu - MSc Graduate 2011

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I obtained my B.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in September, 2007. I developed interest in process engineering while working as a trainee engineer at West African Oilfield Services. Upon graduation, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in chemical process engineering in a top class university. After careful research, I chose UCL’s MSc in chemical process engineering and my expectations were fully met. During my time at UCL, I had one to one relationship with my lecturers and supervisor. I gained skills in modern process engineering, computer aided design and project management. I also earned a prestigious certification in project management from the Association for Project Management (APM). I undertook the advanced design project which further enhanced my team working skills and equipped me with new skills in process simulations. The most exciting part of my MSc programme was my individual design project on industrial safety which was carried out at Ineos ltd on BP chemicals site in Hull, UK. There, I had the opportunity to work with top class engineers and it improved my knowledge of safety on chemicals site.

UCL is truly a global university and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a university with excellent teaching and proven record of success in research.

Machi Iliopoulou - MSc Graduate 2011

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I obtained my BSc and MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I selected to continue my MSc studies in UCL, after thorough research, since it is well-known worldwide, one of the leaders in technology, engineering and development. The way that it has managed to evolve into a dominant part of the Chemical Engineering field is quite admirable and can cause nothing but awe and respect to any potential student. The most exciting part of my MSc studies was the fact that I was able to interact with people from all over the world, embrace different cultures and exchange ideas with motivated and intelligent students, who share the same ambitions as me. Every person would be grateful and inspired to study in a University which has the ability to alter the Chemical Engineering industry as we know it and this experience was nothing but challenging to me.

Lingjian Yang - MSc Graduate 2011

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I obtained my BS.c degree from Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, China. During my final year undergraduate study in the UK I was thinking of doing a Master course. I chose the MS.c chemical process engineering course provided by UCL thanks to the reputation of the university and world-class research standards of the chemical engineering department. The modules offered from the course give students a chance to have a comprehensive understanding of various in-depth chemical engineering knowledge. The research project, which is a majority of the course, is the most beneficial aspect. Throughout the academic year, I have gone through project selection, literature research, main research and thesis writhing. My research project applies mathematical programming based optimization techniques to power dispatch problems. The outcome of the project produces very efficient algorithms for a number of power dispatch problems that are capable of scheduling power generation levels in the most economical way. I have always found my project supervisors being greatly helpful, inspiring and at easy disposal along the way.

I am going to start a Ph.D course at chemical engineering department that deepens the knowledge I have gained from my research project.

Hoda Shahzadeh - MSc Graduate 2011

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I am a Canadian student with a bachelor degree in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, British Columbia. After I graduated, I started an internship at Chevron Refinery as a laboratory chemist. This experience gave me a greater exposure to refinery operation and encouraged me to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. After some research, I decided to apply to UCL because it is one of the leading universities in Chemical Engineering. I selected UCL, since I wanted to learn somewhere I would be challenged and where I would be encouraged to push myself to my limits, in a highly-charged atmosphere alongside other students who wanted to learn and were passionate about their subject.

As a Chemical Engineering student representative for Master program, I went to meetings with Professors and Lecturers at UCL to discuss how best to run the program and explore ways to improve modules.

Garfield Denton - MSc Graduate 2005

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I obtained a BSc degree with First Class from University of the West Indies, Trinidad in June 2000. I then spent four years working as a Chemical Engineer at Jamalco (ALCOA Minerals of America) where I was exposed to the practical aspects of chemical engineering. It was during this period while searching for a suitable school to further my studies that I chose UCL's MSc progarmme in Chemical Process Engineering. This was based on UCL's high rating in the Guardian UK University Guide and the Chemical Engineering Department's top 5* rating according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise sponsored by the UK Government.

The most exciting part of my MSc studies was the research project. This involved the use of mathematical optimisation techniques to reduce the computational run time of a numerical simulation package to predict outflow following the accidental rupture of pressurised pipelines. I have first hand experience of the detrimental effects of pipeline ruptures on the environment and human safety. The MSc project equipped me with the techniques and skills needed to reduce the risks and consequences of such accidents in industry.

I am now studying for my PhD in risk consequence modelling at UCL funded by the Overseas Research Scholarship Award Scheme and industry.

Rosolba Cobos-De Los Sontos - MSc Graduate 2004

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I obtained my BSc in Chemical Engineering at La Laguna Institute of Technology, Torreón, México in June 2002. Before finishing my degree I already knew I wanted to pursue a postgraduate course, but I did not know where. Having learned French in México, I moved to France to find a suitable Masters programme. It was during this time that I was fortunate to discover UCL's MSc course in Chemical Process Engineering.

This turned out to be exactly what I was looking for, a program which focused on reinforcing engineering skills whilst at the same time offering the opportunity to learn business and management skills through complementary courses run by lecturers from the London School of Economics (LSE), one of most prestigious business schools in the world.

The most exciting part of my MSc studies was the research project. This involved the development of a novel technology for particle size measurement. I greatly enjoyed my participation in the work, especially when it came to putting my technical development ideas into practice. I found this aspect most rewarding because my contributions were translated into tangible results. In particular, my work had direct industrial applications which offered me the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse range of renowned powder processing companies.

During the course of my project I had the unique opportunity of participating in the organisation of a conference aimed at promoting and disseminating the technology that I had helped to develop during my MSc project at UCL.

Gang Xu - MSc Graduate 2004

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I obtained my BSc degree from Dalian University of Technology, China. After finishing my undergraduate thesis on computational chemistry, I selected UCL to continue my MSc studies. UCL provides a series of colourful, creative and structured modules within the MSc programme. Here many opportunities are offered to students to deepen their understanding of the fundamental principles and the latest technical developments in the process industry. All the lecturers are very responsible and friendly contributing to the excellent academic achievements of the students.

My MSc research project applied efficient solution methodologies to large- scale process plant layout problems. Great computational savings were achieved at the end of the project. Since the project involved a combination of chemical engineering, mathematics and computer science, I had to be a quick learner and work creatively and independently. It was a very busy year, but well worth it in terms of improving my career prospects. Having received an ORSAS award, I am now a PhD student in the CAPE (Computer-Aided Process Engineering) Research Group at UCL, where I extend the knowledge gained during my MSc studies to complex biological systems. After obtaining my PhD, I plan to become a technical consultant in an international consultancy company, employing optimisation techniques to support process engineers and experimental biologists. Undertaking the MSc programme at UCL was one of the most useful and exciting experiences of my life.

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