Zakia Afroz, Mentee in the 2017 Energy-Minerals Resources program in WA (Murdoch University).

“The IMNIS program increased my self-awareness regarding what I am doing right now and how I can utilise this knowledge and academic achievement to the industrial welfare.”

I participated in 2017 IMNIS Energy-Minerals Resources WA pilot program. I am currently undertaking my PhD in the School of Engineering and IT at Murdoch University.

Prior to my PhD study, I worked in an autonomous organization (Bangladesh Industrial Technical Assistance Centre) under the Ministry of Industries, Bangladesh for six and a half years. Simultaneously I carried on my masters in renewable energy and completed that in 2011. Also, I worked in a multi-national power plant company from February-June 2008. In 2014 I migrated to Australia as a skilled Mechanical Engineer (ANZSCO 233512). I have been awarded the Murdoch University Research Scholarship (MURS) for the PhD program and commenced my PhD in January 2016.

The focus of my research is to improve energy efficiency in building sector. From my PhD research I discovered that it is not an easy task to balance between building indoor environmental conditions and energy consumption from this sector. Improving the building energy efficiency may create a multi-faceted problem if the resulting outcome cannot maintain the quality and comfort of the indoor environment to a satisfactory level. To overcome this problem, I concentrated on improving the building automation system. My research will contribute to maintaining an optimum level of energy consumption in buildings without detrimentally affecting thermal comfort level or indoor air quality. I believe that this research will economically and environmentally contribute to the world by providing the better indoor environment and conserving energy consumption. To apply my knowledge that I gained in my research career I want to get engaged with industry sector after completion of my PhD.

Why did you participate in the IMNIS program?

I participated in IMNIS program because I saw this program as a platform to officially connect with a mentor holding outstanding industrial expertise in my area.

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?

Unfortunately, last year my mentoring journey was not productive. Due to the busy schedule of my mentor, we could not actually meet face-to-face even though we had a chat in Mentorloop. However, I realised the importance of getting involved in the IMNIS program through attending some of the events arranged by them. Those events created the scope to facilitate connections more broadly. To fully utilise the opportunity this IMNIS program creates, I have again registered for this program this year.

The most important aspect of this professional relationship for me is to receive professional guidelines from my mentor for succeeding in the professional sector.

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

I shall definitely recommend that my friends participate in this program.

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

The most rewarding aspect of the IMNIS program is the friendly atmosphere between the mentees and mentors.

Did IMNIS help you get to where you are now?

The IMNIS program increased my self-awareness regarding what I am doing right now and how I can utilise this knowledge and academic achievement to the industrial welfare.