(Article contributed by Dr. Noordiana Nordin, Doctor of Philosophy in Sensor Technology graduate)
“During early days as a PhD candidate, I found it was very challenging in terms of balancing study and family life,” Noordiana recalls. She’s married with four children, ages 11 and below. In addition, Noordiana also faced a personal challenge during the time when her father battled with an illness. Besides the time-consuming tasks of taking him to the hospital and looking after him together with her mother and siblings, the constant worry did take its toll. However, Noordiana managed to strengthen her resolve and rose above the situation. Her father recovered and Noordiana moved to the next stage of her studies.
Despite her busy schedule, she managed to brilliantly blend her commitment for studies and family. Noordiana said that her doctoral journey would not have been a successful one if not for the unwavering support of her husband and family as well as the drive and discipline instilled into her since young. On 4th November 2017, she was awarded a PhD for her thesis in Sensor Technology for which she received a special award of Gold Medal MVP.
Prior to pursuing PhD study, Noordiana was serving as Research Officer at Food Safety Research Centre in Faculty of Food Science and Technology, UPM. With her experience as a researcher, Noordiana is adept in critical thinking and planning for her PhD research. More recently, Noordiana is employed as a Research Officer at Laboratory of Food Safety and Food Integrity, Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Food Security (ITAFoS), UPM. Her studies at UPM have shaped her research interest tremendously and she believes in giving back to the community. In addition to her solid educational background, personal qualities and experience to date, she is also passionate about innovating and will tap into her knowledge to develop useful innovations.
Thinking back on her graduate studies, Noordiana credited the Putra Saujana programme under the School of Graduate Studies as being an immensely beneficial resource. Not only had she received guidance for her doctorate studies in the programme, the materials are also useful to adopt in career and life, generally.
Noordiana always plan and think through things strategically which more can be done in a day and highly disciplined to follow through the plan. Noordiana has always been very dedicated and hardworking when trying to achieve her goals. She does not let any obstacles get in her way; she perseveres and keeps working towards her dreams. She keeps her faith strong and remembers what is truly important in life.
Dr. Noordiana Nordin won the Gold Medal MVP Doctor of Philosophy in 2017.
"If we think the challenges given to us so great, there are others who receive greater tests. Do not give up and keep going."
Date of Input: 03/09/2018 | Updated: 22/10/2018 | azimin
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