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Ashray is 24 years old and comes from the southern city of Hyderabad in India. He's pursuing his master's degree in Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He earned his bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from SRM Institute of Science and Technology in Chennai, India. He's an avid nature enthusiast and loves to go on hikes.

Why did you choose this master’s programme at KTH?

Growing up during the wireless revolution in my country, I have always been captivated by wireless technologies. My predilection led me to pursue my bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering, where I took a liking to high-frequency electromagnetism, antennas and microwave engineering. My fascination for space and the technologies facilitating space research was the other side of that coin.

After my bachelor's, I worked for two years as an antenna design engineer designing antenna and microwave components for aerospace projects. I wished to further my understanding in this domain, and a master's programme incorporating wireless engineering for space technologies was my next step. Ranking highly in electrical engineering with a strong research backing, I found that this master's programme at KTH was a perfect choice. With meticulously designed courses and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, I chose KTH as the next destination to fulfil my long-term aspirations.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

This master's programme at KTH is comprehensive and provides all the tools necessary to develop into a capable electro physics engineer. I found that the detailed theoretical analysis combined with consummate practical training to be the defining aspect of this programme. The combination of electromagnetics, fusion and space engineering is unique. Learning about concepts like why antennas radiate the way they do or understanding the plasma physics behind the beautiful aurorae is intriguing.

Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme?

My interest in wireless technologies has led me to choose the microwave engineering track. I have chosen this track to gain more knowledge in the core concepts of antenna design, microwave components and high-frequency electromagnetism.

What are some of your favourite courses so far?

One of my favourite courses is Plasma Physics (EF2200), where you learn everything from the everyday plasmas in fluorescent lights to much more exotic plasmas in space. Microwave Engineering (SK2814) is another of my favourites, where it teaches the specialised design fundamentals required while designing components at high frequencies. Last but not least, Applied Antenna Theory (EI2400), where you learn about the theory and design of various antennas like microstrip patches, horns and lenses.

How is student life in Stockholm?

Student life in Stockholm is excellent! You have a good balance between workload and free time to pursue hobbies and interests. You make many friends while living in student accommodation, so there is never a dull moment. I found that corridor rooms are the best place to interact with people from various nationalities. There is a plethora of activities to do in and around Stockholm, like visiting museums for the art and history enthusiasts and national parks for the nature enthusiasts. The sunset point at Zinkensdamm is lovely, where the sun is setting over the beautiful Stockholm archipelago. One tip is not to forget to ask if a restaurant or store has a student discount using the Mecenat card.

What would you like to say to students considering choosing KTH for master’s studies?

I will say they are in for an exciting journey if they choose KTH for their master's studies. Interacting with people from different nationalities around the world is an enriching experience. For this programme specifically, KTH is an excellent choice if you would like to specialise in the core areas of electromagnetism, fusion and space engineering. From learning about antennas for wireless communications to the plasma processes in fusion reactors to the engineering concepts for space technologies, you have all the choices you need to mould your technical repertoire.