-By Taruna Rapaka
Zere Iman is a 22-year-old graduate who will join KAUST from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Iman will join us in the fall of 2020 as an M.S./Ph.D. candidate in the KAUST Integrated Microwaves Packaging Antennas and Circuits Technology Research Group, under the supervision of Professor Atif Shamim.
Zere is a nature lover and likes outdoor activities. Being born in Almaty, a city near the mountains, she often hikes and climbs. She loves traveling to places with breathtaking views of nature, such as forests, mountains, lakes, and seas. In leisure, Zere reads Kazakh and Russian classical literature and loves to delve into their critical analysis.
What was your main subject during your undergraduate degree? Why did you choose it?
My main subject was the design of a compact antenna for Wireless Body Area Network. I chose this topic since I could integrate electrical and biomedical engineering to help patients track vital physical indicators.
Why have you chosen to study an M.S./Ph.D. at KAUST?
My research supervisor recommended me KAUST as one of the top universities with progressive development. After a summer internship exploring KAUST, I was sure that I wanted to continue my studies here.
What are your research interests? When did your interest in electrical engineering arise?
My research interest is related to antennas and electromagnetism. During school, I was keen on different disciplines, including physics, biology, math, and history. At university, I finally decided to study electrical engineering because it allows me to explore different subjects at once.
What is your future outlook?
I will be doing an M.S./Ph.D. at KAUST.
Can you give a piece of advice to students who plan to pursue an M.S./Ph.D. at KAUST?
Before joining KAUST, do an internship to visit the University from the inside and understand what you want. Furthermore, you will meet aspiring people.