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Alumni 2012-13

Andy Lai

Andy Lai is close to completing his PhD in Climate Science at Cambridge.  He has already started working at the Hong Kong Observatory (equivalent to the UK Met Office) as a weather forecaster.

Andy Lai

"It's quite tough" says Andy, due to the constant irregular shift patterns.  Tasks are always under tight deadlines, and he has to give a 15min briefing in every shift.



Ke Deng is currently studying for a PhD in Physics at CambridKe Dengge via a collaborative project with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Prior to coming back for the PhD, he participated in the preparation of a position paper related to nuclear energy for Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, and several projects on materials for energy applications at City University of Hong Kong. 



Yang Zhang (Jett) is now working in CNNC (China National Nuclear Corporation), in the Business Contract department as a Sales Manager.  Over the past few years, he has been signing several large contracts (nearly NPP21 billion GBP), including many top-secret documents about fast reactor, Qinshan NPP, Fuqing NPP, Changjiang NPP, research NPPS and some NPPs in Pakistan. 

"I am very proud that I graduated from Cambridge, I miss all the guys Jettfrom the Nuclear MPhil"





Jia Zhang is currently working as a lecturer in the Tianjin Sino-German University of Applied Sciences (a young university established by Chinese government and German government). She enjoys her work very much and will attend a national education supporting project to build some training centers in Cambodia and parts of South-east Asia in the next two years.


After completing the Nuclear energy MPhil in August 2013, Yusuf Ali proceeded onto a PhD in energy policy at the CUED. The title of his PhD was “Strategies and Policies for Electricity Supply in Nigeria”.   Yusuf said "The policy elements of the MPhil were very important in helping me identify that Nigeria, like most developing countries which can be reasonably expected to continue to be importers of electricity generation technologies, were in greater need of policy, rather than technical expertise." He started his PhD in January 2014 and completed it within three years.

Yusuf is currently enjoying some 'downtime' before joining the Lagos office of McKinsey & Co as a Junior Associate in the Summer of 2017. By joining the Lagos office, he will be a part of a vibrant practice that is actively involved in both the public and private sectors and one, which will undoubtedly shape the short/medium (and perhaps long) term future of the Nigerian economy at a time when the country is in dire need of a holistic and sustainable socio-economic development agenda.


Matteo Frontini  is working at Atkins and started a secondment in the UK aerospace industry working on the management of component qualification testing. "The diversity of clients, industries and work that Atkins has, means that there are many opportunities to learn from different projects" said Matteo.  "The learning curve in my first 19 months with Atkins has been very steep which is excellent; the opportunity to work on major engineering projects is very motivating and the work environment and colleagues is diverse and inspiring. The UK nuclear industry seems like it is finally picking up again with the EdF investment which is an excellent moment for new nuclear engineers."


4th Year Project Deadlines

 May 2017
Each student submits two copies of Final report plus an extra copy of their technical abstract, plus their log book or electronic equivalent to Group Centres by 4pm.


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