A PhD will push me to be the best I can be

Adam Jones, PhD Engineering, KESS student

Adam Jones is studying for a PhD in Electrical Engineering. A former solider in the British Army, Adam started at USW on the foundation degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, before progressing to the BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering and MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

His PhD, which is ESF-funded through the KESS scheme, is conducted with his industrial partner TATA Steel. Adam's research will develop a novel online measurement system for coating thickness measurement on steel packaging goods products.

"I wanted to do a PhD because I want to make a difference to society by adding original contribution to knowledge in the electronics and photonics fields. I like to push myself and be the best I can be. A PhD is one of the highest personal achievements in modern society which would also increase my knowledge base, so it was a win win.

"I chose to do my PhD here because I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the USW during my previous study and this University has a very good relationship with TATA Steel, my industrial partner. TATA is a large scale manufacturing company which has global impact so I am really happy to be working with them.

"Being a PhD student is a lot different to studying a taught degree like an undergraduate or Masters. Although your academic and industrial supervisors provide excellent direction, the amount of work that is completed or not is down to you, so in this respect, you need to be self-disciplined and committed to your research.

"My career ambition is to become an engineering lecturer and conduct research and development into the fields of science and engineering. Having a PhD will help me achieve this by providing me with the experience of teaching at university level and gaining the most up-to-date knowledge."