What Kunal says about the Master's in Production and Materials Engineering
Kunal – Alumnus of the programme
What year did you graduate?
"I graduated in June 2021."
What is your current occupation and what does it entail?
"I am a PhD Student in Biomechanics at Lund University. My research is in biomechanics and mechanobiology of Achilles’ tendons, in order to understand how mechanical loading affects the regeneration of the tissue/the healing process in tendons. At the moment, I’m specifically exploring the formation of mineralised fragments within the Achilles’ tendon through the use of imaging at large scale synchrotron facilities. These mineral fragments have been shown to cause discomfort and pain in patients that have suffered an Achilles’ tendon rupture. Our aim is to classify the pathways for mineral formation within the Achilles’ tendon and in the future determine how to remove these minerals from patients thus alleviating their pain from routine activities such as walking."
How did you get this PhD position? And how long did it take?
"I saw an open application on the LU Vacancies page and proceeded to reach out to Hanna Isaksson (who is now my supervisor) regarding the position. We started with a general description of the position and what the candidate should bring to the group. At this point, I was hooked and proceeded to apply for the position, which thankfully resulted in me securing a position within the group by April 2021."
What is your favourite thing about being a PhD student?
"The freedom to design experiments and stay up to date with the most current research in the field. I also love being part of such a vibrant group of researchers and constantly participating in discussions that are genuinely cutting edge."
What was the focus of your thesis?
"My Master’s thesis was focused on metal composition and surface roughness effects on cell proliferation. It was a joint venture between departments that allowed me to get a foot into the biological world. Although my current research is very different, it let me experience a cross-department project which is what I hope to continue doing with my current position."
What was especially useful about the programme that you use in your everyday work?
"Manufacturing principles and material science knowledge, I would say, offer strong pillars to stand on especially if you choose to pursue a career in any sort of research and development position. Through my Master’s, I gained insight into the manufacturing process and the design of experiments which I hope to continue applying in my current and future research."
Why do you think prospective students should choose the Production and Materials programme?
"It is a great balance between very specific courses such as FEM modelling, materials science, and broader overview courses that address the more global reasons for manufacturing such as the Global product realisation course, or both Flexible manufacturing courses. This balance, in my opinion, creates a well-rounded person that would be an asset for any future employer."
Do you have any advice for prospective students coming to Lund?
"Try to enjoy your studies, the group work with your colleagues, and if you are interested in anything mentioned in class, do not hesitate to reach out to the lecturers about helping out. It is always great to get involved within the department and remember that your professors were students once too, and their advice might be exactly what you need to choose a future career."