Syeda Zahra, mentee in the 2019 Energy-Minerals Resources program in WA (Curtin University)

I have completed my engineering degree in Mechatronics from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

I always had a keen interest in electronics and instrumentation specifically different sensors and transducers. Which led me to do my second job as a design Engineer in Qatar on a Qatar Petroleum project. After giving taking a break in my last job, I thought it would be a good idea to do some further study before starting my career again. Technology is a fast-growing field and if you stay away for even a little time you come across so much new and inspiring stuff to work with.

I started my PhD at Curtin University in 2018. My research is based on developing data tools to enable useful low-cost air quality monitors. Environmental pollution is a field which needs to be worked on closely to gather pollutant data which can later be utilized for different risk assessment studies, epidemiological studies etc. The key factor in my research is to build a system with low-cost sensors which were previously considered to be not accurate enough. This is multi-disciplinary kind of research based on sensor networks, programming and machine learning. Machine learning is a whole new world for me but I am really excited to work on it and get a positive result out of it.