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Ikechukwu, A Doctoral Student Enjoying Research at Tianjin University

Mr. Ikechukwu Samuel Anyanwu, is a Nigerian by birth and currently a PhD student here at Tianjin University’s Energy and Power Department in the School of Mechanical Engineering. He enrolled for his doctoral studies in September 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Kui Jiao with sponsorship from the Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC). Currently, he is interested in water management in low temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells with emphasis on two-phase flow dynamics in flow channels, working on ways to accurately optimize and propose innovative sinusoidal-shaped flow channels.

Three years ago, he came to this beautiful campus at his teacher’s recommendation. Back in his country, one of his teachers, who is Chinese, asked him whether he would like to go to Tianjin University. He found that Tianjin University was a wonderful school, and famous for its engineering achievements, which suited him well since he was a student at the Energy and Power Department. Eventually, he decided to enter Tianjin University.

Ikechukwu likes his friends to call him Aikay, and he really enjoys studying at Tianjin University. “The atmosphere in my research group is amazing and the teamwork is highly commendable.” He said, “At every stage of my research progress, I have the privilege of working as a team with other students”. Looking back on his daily life on Peiyang campus, he thinks the accommodation in Tianjin University lets him feel at home. As for the dormitory, there is only one person in one room, which gives him enough space to protect his privacy. Besides, there is even a kitchen in the dormitory. Aikay loves the food in the canteen and likes eating vegetables. He thought it was very healthy.

“I have had a lot of opportunities to learn new things since I entered Tianjin University. And I’m most grateful for it” Ikechukwu said. He is a diligent student. “I follow the Chinese style—hardwork,” he laughed. As he is one of the only two international students in his research group supervised by a vigorous professor, Ikechukwu feels the push to study hard and live up to the professor’s expectations.

So far, Aikay has published one first-author SCI journal paper (International Journal of Hydrogen Energy) while a second paper is also under review in another journal. Additionally, he has applied for a patent for a novel invention. .

Aikay has learnt fuel cell design and programing skills which he believes would help his professional career not just here in China but beyond. Since learning is a continuous process, he intends to get the best out of his study years in China.

In 2016, the School of Mechanical Engineering of Tianjin University started offering international students a Mechanical Engineering Program in English for Master and PhD studies. Now almost 100 international students are studying in this school.

By Ikechukwu Samuel Anyanwu, Jiao Daokuan, Hou Yuze, Zhang Saiya, Zhang Xuan

Editors: Eva Yin & Doris Harrington