Yeong is a PhD researcher at the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT.
She is researching vehicle seating dynamics in automotive engineering, with a goal to develop a seated human body model that will predict vehicle seat vibration levels to help enhance a person’s comfort.
What 3 secrets of success can you share with other students?
These are my fail-proof tips that have helped me along the way:
‘Know you are not alone’ (Communication)
Some people mistakenly think that research is about living in the lab, solving equations and repeating experiments every day alone. However, it is critical to keep open channels of communication with others. Don’t be afraid to ask for help instead of trying to solve issues which end in frustration. An obvious source of help is your supervisor, however people from industry (like Excellerate Australia) and fellow students – even if not related to your area of study – can provide a valuable alternative perspective. Seek help and don’t forget we are still students.
‘Drive your research, don’t be driven’ (Daily time management)
I’d like to share some valuable advice that was given to me by supervisor, Associate Professor Mohammad Fard.
A research student, who brings new methods and creative outcomes to the world, should be the one driving their own research, not be driven by the world’s demand. To do that, crystal-clear plans for every day are essential. Instead of being reactive to daily demands, be proactive and be more specific on what you need to do today and what you will be doing tomorrow.
‘Take care of your health’ (Energy management)
We all know that managing stress and worry while performing our research study is important. Don’t skip meals, exercise regularly – even if it’s just a stroll around campus every day to stay healthy. Keep up your energy level for the long journey which is your study.
What was your highlight of the Excellerate education program?
My highlight from the Excellerate Australia education program are the networking events. There are so many opportunities (like the PhD Professional Development Workshop) to network with people from industry and to broaden your knowledge in different fields, other than your area of study.
What has been the best opportunity from being part of the education program?
By utilising the Professional Development Fund, I was able to travel to Japan and visit NHK Spring Co. Ltd. to conduct several experiments for my research. This experience was an amazing opportunity and added incredible value to my research.
What do you hope to achieve in 5 years?
In 5 years, I would like to have firmly established myself as a researcher in the automotive field, specialising in noise, vibration and harshness. I would also like to seek opportunities and take the initiative to broaden my knowledge across different fields such as aerospace and military.
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