Maryam Naebe joined Deakin as a PhD student in the Geelong Technology Precinct, and now she’s a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Frontier Materials.
Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?
When I joined Deakin as an international PhD student, I started my study in a building named Geelong Technology Precinct (GTP). We were a research group with less than 50 people including students and administrators, and we knew everybody. Soon after the group was renamed Centre for Frontier Materials (CMFI), and before finishing my PhD, then we became the Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (ITRI). Gradually we became bigger institute as Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), now with more than 300 people.
What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.
Soon after graduation I became a Research Fellow in Professor Xungai Wang’s Fibre and Textile group, working on a CRC funded project. Since then I have led government and industry-funded projects and have been involved in supervising HDR students.
What has been the biggest influence on your career?
Curiosity and knowing ‘how’ and ‘why’ has been my driving force.
Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
Yes, always. Since I can remember I wanted to know how things work and if there is any other way of doing things differently.
What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
Persistence and focus are key to personal growth and success in this job. Keep moving forward when you feel quitting.
What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?
Deakin gave me a platform to see tremendous opportunities in front of me.
What are your passions outside your work?
Reading, exercising, fashion, travel.
How would someone describe you?
Never gives up until the job is done.
Is there anything else you’d like to add we haven’t covered?
To build and advance in the academic career, I believe support, sharing knowledge, skills and life experience of professional academics is essential to guide early career researchers (ECR) towards reaching their full potential.