Jomana Al-Nu’airat, PhD student and IMNIS mentee in the Energy-Minerals Resources program – Murdoch University (WA)

“I was struggling to communicate with industry… So through IMNIS I’m ready to learn!”

Jomana Al-Nu’airat is currently a systems engineer with Synergy at Muja Power Station. She has five years of experience in engineering research, development, and management. Her motivation stems from her passion for excellence and a strong commitment to finding solutions. Jomana received her honours in chemical engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology with the degree of achievement.  She also awarded the First place at the Sixth National Technology Parade (NTP), the First place at JOSCO (Jordan Oil Shale Company) Award for Applied Scientific Research, and the First place at the Jordan Engineers Association Competition for the graduation projects of engineering colleges in Jordanian universities.  Her novel research approach not only provided a solution to eliminate two industrial wastes (Electric arc furnace dust and waste halogenated plastic materials) but also to extract Zinc in feasible way.  Currently, she finished her chemical engineering PhD while holding Murdoch University Strategic Scholarship (MUSS) award.  Jomana worked on putting an end for Coal Spontaneous Fires worldwide. During her research at Murdoch, she maintained an excellent performance and delivered 10 scientific research papers in top-tier journals. She has landed the Three minutes thesis competition (3 MT) Runner up award, the Three minutes thesis competition (3 MT) People Choice award, and was awarded Australia’s (EA) selected finalist Postgraduate Research Excellence Award (2017).  In general, she loves design in all terms especially those providing practical solutions to industrial problems, and a love for hiking completes the list.

Why are you participating in the IMNIS program?

The truth is I was struggling to communicate with industry. At that time, I felt that I simply didn’t speak their language, nor they understand mine.  My PhD project is all about spontaneous fires of coal, and yet I had struggled to initiate communication. So through IMNIS I’m ready to learn!

What is the most important aspect of this professional relationship for you?

I will say friendship with complete strangers. Strangers who agreed to give their time, effort, and share their experience while potentially gaining nothing in return.

What do you hope your mentor can help you achieve and what is the best piece of advice you have received so far?

Building a professional industrial network and learn how to engage with industry. The best advice was to write down what I’m after and work toward it, and always remember that I’m the driver of my own career.

What are the top 3 key things you hope to learn through the IMNIS program?

To understand opportunities in industry, to expand my professional skills, and to speak the language of industry.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of the IMNIS program for you so far?

My mentor and his colleague (also an IMNIS mentor) helped me communicate with a major company to get some samples. I had tried for two years and yet with their guidance and advice, I managed to achieve this goal. I always be thankful to them.

Update January 2019:

I am greatly thankful for the opportunity to be part of the IMNIS mentoring program.

It was a wonderful experience and made me even more certain that I would like to pursue a career in industry.

I was able to spend many hours with my mentor talking about my goals and plans. It was incredibly rewarding to be able to get the help I needed to focus and make plans when I started out without much hope.  The advice and experience have been tremendously helpful throughout these past twelve months. As a result of the expertise and guidance, I landed my first industrial job, and proud to be the first female engineer to work at Muja power station.

LinkedIn: Jomana Al-Nu’airat