Muhammad Bilal Khan, BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2016
Postgraduate student at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
- From Pakistan
- Graduated BEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering 2016
- Currently a graduate student at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Tell us about what you are currently doing.
I am currently a graduate student at PSU Thailand. I was awarded the Thailand Education Hub Scholarship to study a two-year master’s program in mechanical engineering. At PSU, I am part of smart mechatronics research team that works on building mechatronic systems that can help humans through engineering solutions. My current work is to design a bio inspired soft robot that can swim underwater, with motivation to explore and learn life underwater. I am having fun playing with software’s, electronics, and mechanisms in order to implement my project. This is a continuation of my passion for robotics, and a work in progress after developing a four-legged walking robot during my undergraduate final year project.
How has your Bradford degree and University experience helped you get to where you are now?
It has made a great contribution to what I am today, and how I see the prospective of me contributing at a larger level than what I once thought of. From top class faculty to having unlimited access to numerous online learning resources, from actively interactive classroom and lab environment to available extracurricular opportunities, from opportunities to build a broader perspective on life and how to manage it to opportunities to make lifelong friendships and networks, the Bradford experience prepared me to become a believer in possibilities.
Right after graduating from the university, I applied to five graduate schools and got into four with full or partial funding. I also got a couple of job offers but, considering my plans to further my higher education, I decided to join graduate school. Right now, whenever I look back, I see a clear impact on myself from being a member of the University of Bradford. The degree itself made a big difference. It was academically challenging but highly rewarding in the end. It made me stand out either by getting me job interviews, calls or admission into graduate school.
Why did you decide to come to study at Bradford?
The University of Bradford is the place where cultures meet, diversity gets celebrated, ideas get realized, and friendships are valued. It is more than just a university experience. An opening of unlimited equal opportunities awaits you.
What were the most memorable aspects of your experience at the University?
One of the memorable times was getting one of my first research papers published during my second year. Another memorable event was when I got selected for a semester long exchange program by the US department of state to study at the University of New Mexico in the United States, and later on winning student cultural ambassadors’ competition. In my final year, building a four-legged robot was another memorable experience. What I loved about my course was that it was practically-oriented. Most of the classroom learning was linked to lab-based experiments and that really provided a nice balance between theory and application.
What advice would you give current or future students hoping to work in your profession?
For current students: This is your time. Get the maximum out of any and all opportunities to learn. Embrace possibilities. Get out of your comfort zone, and explore ways to get ahead without putting yourself in any comparison. Your best chance to get anything and everything is between the one opportunity that you missed thinking it’s not worth it and the one that you went after squeezing your time doing things that don’t matter. Get a plan. I remember when I was in my second year I was barely passing my courses and was among the least motivated ones in my class. I got a dream to write a paper, made a plan, “sacrificed” some time, and gave it everything that I had. It was highly rewarding and brought me so much. There is always a chance to do better than before. Your mind decides that, and your willpower supports that.
Tell us about yourself and your ambitions
I am from Pakistan. My motivation is to become an educationist in the area of engineering education where I can use robotics to make engineering classrooms more interactive, engaging, and fun. My inspirations are all the good teachers that put their heart in to make their students explore their potential.