Dr Wafa Ali – Chemical Engineering PhD. Class of 2020.


Chemical Engineering PhD. Class of 2020.
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Texas A&M University

I am conducting research on the development of robust polymeric membranes for different environmental applications as well as working on hydrogen production from seawater electrolysis, using highly selective earth-abundant catalysts and membrane electrolyzer. I mentor undergraduate students and assist them in their research portfolios, help students in implementing experiments related to their research and advise and provide support to the students during lab work. In addition, I am a member of the researcher development program council at the university, a reviewer for prestigious international journals such as The International Journal on the Science and Technology of Desalting and Water Purification Journal (Desalination) and Chemosphere.

I’m an editorial board member of the theoretical and applied computational intelligence journal and an early career editorial board member of the Journal of Water Process Engineering. Most recently, I become a member of the Applied Energy Academy.

Tell us about your time at Swansea?

My life at Swansea was a great experience, and I planned to make the most of it. Swansea encouraged me to be academically strong and become a better person in life. I learned to deliver presentations and talks and meet experts from different backgrounds which boosted my leadership quality

Why did you choose to study your degree at Swansea?

I chose Swansea University because of its quality of education, high ranking, and great reputation in the field of chemical engineering. Also, it presented many new concepts that improved my understanding of global perspectives and changed my view of the world.

How did your degree prepare you for your career?

At Swansea University, there was a placement opportunity over the last year which gave me the chance to work with experts from different disciplines from different industrial companies and universities. This built my confidence, improved my hands on experience, and I gained real-world experience in the industry. This was beneficial for my research work at the university and for my future career.

What advice would you give to students who want to pursue your career?

Students should enhance their knowledge and research skills. I would also suggest pursuing internships in renowned research institutes or in the industry to learn new principles, develop their critical thinking, and keep their skills up to date.

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