Year group: 2012
Degree: MPhil, Scientific Computing
College: Trinity Hall
Home country: Indonesia
Current position: PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge
Martin came to the University of Cambridge to study for an MPhil in Scientific Computing, a new course combining Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science. Although Martin’s background is in Theoretical Meteorology and Oceanography, he found the course very exciting.
The MPhil exceeded Martin’s expectations with regards to teaching and assessment and the flexibility of the course architecture suited his enthusiasm for learning and exploring new subjects. The course allowed Martin to learn new computational techniques directly from experts since the Scientific Computing Group often invited experts to give a talk or a set of short intensive courses for laboratory members. This gave an excellent opportunity for exchanging knowledge and being up-to-date with the current, fast-moving technology in computational sciences.
Martin has for his MPhil collaborated with the Computational Modelling Group at the Department of Chemical Engineering in a project for catalyst modelling. This project will add significant value to the research, both academically and commercially, since this is an active growing area of research, mainly used for reducing pollutants from combustion and for renewable energy generation.
Martin says, I have really enjoyed the College system in Cambridge which allows students to socialise in a warmer atmosphere. It provides a unique opportunity for making new connections and exchanging ideas in many social events”. In Martin’s spare time he follows his passion for music by singing in a University choir and playing the classical guitar.