This session will tel you what you should know about your PhD - from people who have or are about to finish! Our panellists will reflect on what they wished someone had told them at the beginning of their PhD - and offer advice on overcoming obstacles and challenges that appear along the way.
Have any burning questions? Unsure where to start? Terrified? Excited? Then this is the session for you!
Elaine has been teaching adults and designing curriculum for 20 years, with a move to the higher education sector in 2004. Her research interests have focussed on educational technologies in learning and teaching, most specifically on virtual learning environments, collaboration tools, social media for building communication, and online marking and submission to aid the efficiency of assessment practice. Her other area of research and interest is the design and implementation of professional development programs.
Daren Maynard is a 1st year PhD student, who researches on the profitability of pricing practices used by consulting engineering companies in NSW. He is based in the School of Built Environment in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. He has been elected as a Postgraduate Student Representative on the Faculty Board, the Graduate Research School Board, and the Research and Research Training Committee, respectively. He has trained as an industrial engineer in Trinidad and Tobago and a programme manager in the United Kingdom. He has worked across in the agri-chemicals, digital media, education and energy industries. He is an active volunteer with the Project Management Institute - Sydney Chapter, the Society for Engineering and Management Systems and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.
Naomi Koh Belic
Naomi completed her Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) at UTS and is now in the second year of her PhD. Her research is focussed around multiple sclerosis, and trying to develop a better understanding of this complex disease. To do so, she has created a disease in a dish model, that utilises stem cells isolated from fat that are differentiated into neurons.
Babak Abedin received UNSW's Postgraduate international scholarship in 2006 and completed his PhD in Information Systems in 2009. He previously worked at Macquarie University as a Lecturer and Postgraduate Program Coordinator from 2009 to 2013, and then joined UTS in September 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems. He has published in various refereed international journals and conferences and has taught in areas such as Information Systems and Accounting & Information Systems at The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, and University of Tehran. Prior to joining academia, he has mainly worked as a business analyst and IT project manager in a number of national and international organizations.