May 2016’s Student Success spotlight shines on QUT’s Jiaqi Chen who is completing his research masters in ‘Design of pedestrian friendly vehicle frontal protection system’ at Toyota.
What 3 secrets of success can you share with aspiring students?
Integrity: It is so important to honour your word and follow through on promises. Be sure to plan your work and work your plan – after strictly following your plan and your word, you will look back and see how much you have accomplished.
Positive attitude: The reality is that you will encounter some challenges during your PhD. It’s important to trust yourself and keep positive. Problems can only be solved when you have a positive mindset and are looking for solutions. Being upset or frustrated won’t help. And most importantly, don’t forget to reach out to your research team and supervisor for support.
Interpersonal relationships: Having a friendly and supportive environment helps you in every aspect of your research. Be straightforward and authentic when you interact with others. Help others and make sure people around you have what they need. Treat others well and they will do the same in return.
What was your highlight from being part of the Excellerate Student program?
Being part of Excellerate Australia’s education program has given me a once in a lifetime opportunity to work closely with industry. This means I am able to communicate with academia and industry at the same time, learn and access knowledge in both fields, and actively build on my professional network.
I attended the PhD professional development workshop where I learnt how to present with intent and the importance of having an effective on-line presence on LinkedIn.
After spending two years working on my research project with Toyota, we were able to identify my unique strengths as a pedestrian safety specialist. This is a niche skill set and one that I am proud to have.
What do you hope to achieve in 5 years?
Over the next 5 years I would like to strengthen my knowledge and expertise in the field of pedestrian safety vehicle design. From 2018, I look forward to applying my concept design ideas in new Vehicle Frontal Protection System products and seeing them launch into market.
Another goal I have is to broaden my skillset across a range of areas (safety, structure and material engineering ) in the automotive industry which will help expand my expertise. I also hope to be an outstanding project manager who will accomplish amazing outcomes.
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