In January of 2011, I initiated the process of undertaking a Double PhD between Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. As of October, 2015, I have finalised my PhD at QUT, and am in the final stages of finalising my PhD at KTH. I am also working as a Research Fellow at QUT on a AutoCRC project, investigating trends in the EEV market across ASEAN countries from 2015-2030 – sponsored by the Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI).
My postgraduate research builds on previous research carried out during my undergraduate degree at QUT into Congestion Charging Schemes. For both of my PhD’s I have investigated the effects of different types of government incentives (such as an exemption from congestion-pricing) on the demand, usage and pricing of energy efficient vehicles (EEVs).
Prior to my postgraduate research, in December of 2010, I graduated from the Dean’s Scholar Program for Civil Engineering at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with First Class Honours and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.5. Over the course of my undergraduate degree I participated in a range of extracurricular activities including: running a Engineering Without Borders (EWB) Project as the Project Manager; being selected for and attending the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) Conference in 2008; setting up my own profit-for-purpose organisation ‘The Social Broker’; and finally, travelling around the world in 2009, before, in between and after my exchange studies at Kungl. Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2010 I was selected for the RACQ-QUT Scholarship and carried out a twelve-month research project investigating congestion-charging schemes. I designed and modelled a scheme specifically for the city of Brisbane in Australia, and received a national engineering award for this work – the Rod McGee Medal. In 2011, I received the John Kindler medal in recognition of my contribution to engineering during my time at QUT.
My travels around the world have afforded me with a number of life changing experiences. The skills I picked up over the course of the past 5 years of travelling between Sweden and Australia, have proved to be invaluable to my career and more importantly, to my life. At the age of 25 years, I have been able to travel to 6 continents, over 50 countries, complete bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees in civil engineering with First Class Honours, participate in a range of different extra curricular activities, as well as being close to completing a Double PhD program. These achievements have equipped me with a broad perspective on life and an open-mind about the possibilities of this world. This is what makes me a unique individual for a potential employer, university and/or organisation.
Ambitious, dedicated and hard working, I desire the opportunity to further progress my academic and personal growth. I welcome life’s new and rewarding challenges that lie ahead for me.
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