Felix Oppong, PhD in Condensed Matter Physics 2009
My thesis work was on the rheology of complex fluids. Since graduation, I have been working as a research scientist/rheologist in the research and development department of a fast-moving, global consumer goods company based in England, which manufactures a variety of products including food products such as ice cream and mayonnaise, personal care products such as shampoo and body lotion, as well as home care products such as cleaning detergents.
My work involves writing internal technical reports, collaborating with academics, supervising MSc industrial thesis projects and presenting my research both in internal meetings and external conferences.
I was hired because of my expertise in rheology which I acquired at Western. All our different products may be considered complex (non-Newtonian) fluids. My role is to apply my expertise in rheology to help design new products that meet stability criteria and consumer needs. During my studies, I also undertook a graduate course on research methods which has proved very useful in my research career.
Western offers high-quality education and students are required to work to the highest standards. This trait has stayed with me, helping me excel at my current job.
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