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 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 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 a feasible way.  Currently, she is a chemical engineering PhD who holds Murdoch University Strategic Scholarship (MUSS) award.  Jomana is working in putting an end for Spontaneous Fires worldwide. During her research at Murdoch, she maintained an excellent performance and delivered five scientific research papers in top tier journals. She has landed the Three minute thesis competition (3MT) Runner-up award, the 3MT People Choice award, and was a selected finalist at the 2017 WA Joint Chemical Engineering Committee (JCEC) Postgraduate Research Excellence Awards.  Jomana loves design in all terms specially 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.

LinkedIn: Jomana Al-Nu’airat