Chanced Encounter Earned UKM PhD Student Place in Harvard

By Asmahanim Amir

BANGI, May 25, 2018 – It was a stroke of luck for UKM PhD Student Mohd. Nuriman Nawi  when a chanced encounter with Harvard University Professor at a conference won him a place as a Fellow in Applied Physics at the renowned higher learning institution.

“My supervisor, Dr. Ahmad Rifqi Md Zain who was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Physics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, introduced me to Prof. Marko Loncar during a conference we attended.

“Prof. Loncar, who is the Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering, voiced his interest in the research that we are doing at the Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN) and conducted a short interview there and then for the post as a fellow,” he said adding that his success in obtaining a place in Harvard is a dream come true.

Mohd Nuriman will be spending his six-month stint in Harvard researching on light detection device, based on graphs or other two-dimensional materials which has been fueled by the advancement of light technology in the world.

“I have the option of returning to Harvard for a maximum period of five years, or until the current research I am working on with Prof Loncar is completed, after my PhD Viva Voce,” he added.