Nazanin Nourifard, IMNIS mentee in the Energy-Minerals Program 2017 – Curtin University (WA)

“For better comparison between industry and academia there is no better platform than IMNIS and I have to add that participating in this program is one of the highlights of my PhD’s.”

Nazanin Nourifard is a PhD candidate in rock physics in the department of exploration geophysics at Curtin University. She holds a Master of Philosophy in mining engineering from the University of Wollongong, a Master of Science in engineering geology and a Bachelor of Science in geology. Her PhD research is focused on experimental study of stress induced anisotropy and the fluid effect on the reservoir rocks. She participated in Western Australia IMNIS 2017 and under great mentorship of Alexandra Atkins.

Why did you participate in the IMNIS program?

For a person who spent most of her time in academia the transit to industry can be challenging. I was new to Australian industry and did not know companies and people in my field of expertise. I knew I need some help from a professional who knows industry well and kind enough to introduce me to people in the field. Once I learned about IMNIS from my supervisor I applied for it and today I am confident that it was the best decision I could ever made for my future.

How often did you meet with your mentor and did you prepare for these meetings? What was the best piece of advice you received? What was the most important aspect of this professional relationship for you?

The meeting sessions with my mentor Alex was the highlight of this experience. We had a one on one sessions almost every month and she was also inviting me to professional events and networking sessions. Alex was so creative on mentoring sessions. Apart from all the sessions we had, she was organizing meetings with industry people while I was alone and had to practice what I learned from her. The best advice I received from Alex is “being positive and open to new opportunities while staying true to your own values”. I am always grateful to Alex for her keen attention, dedication and positive energy through this fabulous mentorship.

Would you recommend participating in the IMNIS program to your peers?

Participating in IMNIS program is a necessity for PhD students, either they want to remain in academia or transit to industry. This experience gives a real taste of what the future may hold. For better comparison between industry and academia there is no better platform than IMNIS and I have to add that participating in this program is one of the highlights of my PhD’s.

What was the most rewarding aspect of the IMNIS program for you?

The most rewarding aspect of IMNIS for me is that I no longer am confused about industry demand and expectations thanks to my mentor who helped me to interact and learn from people in the field. I also learned about other industries who are interested in what I am doing thanks to vast network connections of my mentor which really broadened the horizon for my future career.

Did IMNIS help you get to where you are now?

IMNIS definitely helped me with where I am right now and what path I am choosing for my future career. I have a better vision for my future now and cannot wait to graduate and continue this journey which I am well equipped thanks to Alex and IMNIS.