I'm a mechanical engineering graduate from the British University in Egypt, which is in partnership with Loughborough University. I received a BEng from both universities. I was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but lived in Egypt for quite some time. As a fresh graduate I was interested in doing post-graduate studies, and I knew a PhD is what I wanted to do. I love doing research and could see myself doing it for a very long time.
I applied to the IT-CDT because I believe that as part of the CDT programme, you are part of a whole team of students, researchers and supervisors, and most importantly it brings you into close contact with the industry sector. It is a complete environment solely focusing on training, teaching, directing and motivating you to become a fully independent and reliable researcher, to be able to solve problems and face challenges.
It would prepare me, gradually, for a highly successful PhD and a bright career afterwards. It would give me a chance to gain the proper background I need in the area of tribology and provide me with continuous support throughout the rest of my PhD years. We also get a chance to really think and decide on what we want to do in our thesis and discuss everything beforehand with our supervisors.
Tribology is an area of study that is not very popular, however very interesting and very important. It has everything to do with friction, wear and lubrication, which is a science right in the crossroad between mechanical engineering and materials science. It is very interdisciplinary and involves countless of problems and applications, starting with the aeronautics industry to human joints. Imagine that absolutely any two interfacing surfaces in relative movement involves tribology. You can pretty much say that everything involves tribology in one form or the other.