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Kurian went on to PhD studies in Norway

Kurian Vachaparambil graduated from the Fluid Mechanics track of the master’s programme in Engineering Mechanics in 2017. After a year working in Stockholm, he moved to Trondheim to take up a PhD position at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Kurian Vachaparambil
Master's programme in Engineering Mechanics

Hi Kurian, what are you doing now?

I am currently pursuing my PhD at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim. My research is on numerical modelling of gas evolution during water electrolysis.

My day usually starts around 8:30, I spend the first couple of hours replying to emails and reading new research articles. Then I run simulations and analyze data obtained.

Have you worked with anything else since you graduated?

I worked for nearly a year with a ventilation company in Stockholm (InventiAir AB) to numerically model indoor climate in classrooms using various ventilation techniques.

Are there any insights you acquired during your studies that have been particularly useful for you in your career?

I studied Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics (specializing in Fluid Mechanics) due to my interest in pursuing a career in computational fluid dynamics. The courses that I did during my master’s studies have improved my knowledge in various aspects of fluid mechanics like the physics involved and numerical approaches required. A lot of my studies have been useful since I graduated, probably because I work on modelling of fluid flow scenarios.

What are your plans for the future?

I intend to complete my PhD and continue research in the domain of fluid dynamics.

What would you say to a student thinking of applying for this programme?

KTH has provided me with knowledge to tackle real world engineering and research problems. The programme I studied is really good and taught by well-established people with diverse research experience which helped me in understanding the subject. The program as such is very research oriented and it delves into the fundamentals. The university is well-renowned in Europe as well as all over the world, so it should provide you with good opportunities after graduation.