Where are you from and where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
I am from Pakistan and I went to GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology for my undergraduate studies.
What is your research about and why are you excited about your projects?
My research focuses on Power Electronics. I am working on a new topology for high efficiency resonant dc/dc power converter for solar power applications. The converter steps up the voltage of PV panels efficiently to connect them to the utility grid with the help of an inverter.
One of the things that excites me about my research is that power electronic circuits are found in variety of applications and right now they are mostly the bottlenecks in shrinking the size of these systems. So, even with a little improvement you can have a great impact.
What do you like to do outside of research and academics?
I love to experience and learn new things whether it’s experiencing sailing for the first time or seeing a place that I haven’t seen before. I also like to play sports. I love playing soccer and basketball. Recently, I am learning how to play tennis.
What are your career goals and future plans?
I am just starting my Ph.D. and figuring out what I want to do afterwards. What I am clear on is whatever I end up doing should improve the lives of people and I should thoroughly enjoy it.