Engineering researcher Zaid Janjua talks about his postgraduate student journey

Faculty of Engineering

University of Nottingham

Zaid Janjua is a PhD student in Civil Engineering at The University of Nottingham. He is a Postgraduate Researcher in Ice Accretion on Aerofoils, and completed an MSc in Environmental Engineering at Nottingham.

“My time at the university has gone far beyond an excellent academic degree both during my Masters and thus far in my PhD. This journey has been a holistic learning experience encompassing values needed for success in the real world such as team work, dedication and creativity.

The presence of a breath-taking lake on campus, engaging extra-curricular student life, with a wide array of societies and superb sports facilities, have all contributed to ensuring that this has been by far the most enjoyable period of my life.

During my PhD, I was blessed with a fantastic supervisor in Dr Barbara Turnbull, who challenged me to constantly improve upon my experimental and modelling techniques whilst giving great encouragement to my extracurricular pursuits including speaking competitions.

The three minute thesis (3MT) challenge is a competition for PhD students, involving presenting research in a compelling and engaging manner to a live audience within three minutes. More than 3000 students from across 48 of the UK’s top universities took part in the challenge.

In 2015, I won both the Judges’ Choice Award and the Peoples’ Choice Award of presenting a talk at the Faraday Lecture Theatre in the Royal Institution of Great Britain. It was the first time that a participant had received both awards on offer.

My 3MT winning video is currently being used in several training courses by the Graduate School as an example of excellent presentation skills for aspiring postgraduate presenters.”

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