Dr Sai Priya Munagala
PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2020
Research Associate, University of Bristol
Originally from India and now based in Bristol, England
I work on the development of copper components in electrical machines manufactured via additive manufacturing. I am responsible for characterising and optimising the parameters in order to lower the AC losses. I deal with a variety of characterisation techniques followed by developing formulations for coatings on these copper components.
What is the best thing about what you are doing now?
The world is moving towards electrification. Working towards this evolution directly helps to feel happy about the part I'm contributing from my knowledge.
What made you interested in your current role?
The job profile and my personal philosophy of cutting down on emissions for the planet are closely aligned.
How has your career developed since graduating?
The current job is the first full-time job that I secured after graduating from the University of Birmingham.
Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?
The project vacancy advertised for the PhD position was a great fit for my background and research career.
Did you get involved in any extracurricular activities as a student?
I was part of several outreach missions and sports events, particularly running.
What are your fondest memories of the University?
I made a lot of friends that are close to my heart, even now after parting physically. I had the chance to interact with people from all over the world. Additionally, after a hectic day in the lab, my time at the sports centre was the best way to unwind. Lastly, my graduation day is one of my important and fondest memories I hold.
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