When I think back to when I was in high school, and trying to decide what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and what career I wanted to pursue… it was an insanely confusing time! There were so many options and it was incredibly overwhelming. But, with a little inspiration, I picked up an interest in science and technology – initially enjoying the discoveries about how and why things work. I made it through high school with a couple of science subjects and found myself enrolled at university in Materials Engineering. I guess that’s where my interest in corrosion engineering developed, and I went on to complete a PhD in Electromaterials.
I was incredibly fortunate to begin my career in this amazing field of corrosion research. I started by working on the development of new chemicals that inhibit and stop corrosion from happening. Nowadays, I also work on the commercialisation and management of research. This means I get the exciting opportunity to work with companies and businesses to incorporate our laboratory research into real products.
There are so many ways to learn, serve, and experiment personally and professionally with numerous opportunities to get into the field. The hallmark of my work is being able to combine both creativity and science together (who would have thought?). Best of luck in your careers!
Timothy Khoo, 7 June 2017.
Research and Commercialisation
Institute for Frontier Materials