Prestigious Cambridge Scholarship
University of Newcastle Electrical Engineering graduate Kumaran Nathan has received a prestigious 2014 General Sir John Monash Scholarship, worth up to $150,000 over three years, to study at the University of Cambridge. Presented by The Honourable Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia at a ceremony at The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, the scholarship will allow Mr Nathan to undertake pioneering work alongside the best of the world in his field.
In his speech, the Prime Minister noted he was honoured to meet the fifteen 2014 scholarship recipients, and to hear of their individual achievements and future plans as they embark on their overseas postgraduate studies. He recognised that "the scholars are going abroad for not only themselves but for their country, and we look forward to their return to Australia to provide leadership and innovation in their respective fields of study".
Mr Nathan said his PhD will commence in early October and is expected to take three years.
"Beyond the academic aspects, the collegiate experience at Cambridge will provide a diversity of experiences and allow me to meet exceptionally talented students outside my area of study. I am also excited to play for the Cambridge Blues, one of the world's oldest ice hockey teams," said Mr Nathan.
Following his PhD, Mr Nathan will return to Australia to focus on the practical applications of his research.
"I aim to bridge the gap between research and the engineering industry within Australia. My longer term goals are to help plan Australia's energy future through being involved in the public policy decision making process," said Mr Nathan.
"I'm also eager to foster excitement in the sciences within the next generation, with the aim of encouraging more young people to pursue an education in engineering," he said.
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