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Andy Lai

Andy Lai continues to enjoy his work at the Hong Kong Observatory (equivalent to the UK Met Office) as a weather forecaster.  He answers media enquiries about weather events coming up e.g. Typhoon, cold/hot spells. The Department he works for does have a branch on Radiation Monitoring and Assessment, as there are nuclear power plants nearby.

Andy Lai

"It's quite tough" says Andy, due to the constant irregular shift patterns.  Tasks are always under tight deadlines, and he has to give a 15min briefing in every shift.



Ke Deng is currently studying for a PhD in Physics at CambridKe Dengge via a collaborative project with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Prior to coming back for the PhD, he participated in the preparation of a position paper related to nuclear energy for Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, and several projects on materials for energy applications at City University of Hong Kong. 



Yang Zhang (Jett) is now working in CNNC (China National Nuclear Corporation), in the Business Contract department as a Sales Manager.  Over the past few years, he has been signing several large contracts (nearly NPP21 billion GBP), including many top-secret documents about fast reactor, Qinshan NPP, Fuqing NPP, Changjiang NPP, research NPPS and some NPPs in Pakistan. 

"I am very proud that I graduated from Cambridge, I miss all the guys Jettfrom the Nuclear MPhil"





Jia Zhang is currently working as a lecturer in the Tianjin Sino-German University of Applied Sciences (a young university established by Chinese government and German government). She enjoys her work very much and will attend a national education supporting project to build some training centers in Cambodia and parts of South-east Asia in the next two years.


Ani Mohan is starting his PhD at CMU in the Fall of 2018 and working on technology policy issues, starting with a project on risk perceptions of autonomous vehicles.


After completing the Nuclear energy MPhil in August 2013, Yusuf Ali proceeded onto a PhD in energy policy at the CUED. The title of his PhD was “Strategies and Policies for Electricity Supply in Nigeria”.   Yusuf said "The policy elements of the MPhil were very important in helping me identify that Nigeria, like most developing countries which can be reasonably expected to continue to be importers of electricity generation technologies, were in greater need of policy, rather than technical expertise." He started his PhD in January 2014 and completed it within three years.

Yusuf is currently enjoying some 'downtime' before joining the Lagos office of McKinsey & Co as a Junior Associate in the Summer of 2017. By joining the Lagos office, he will be a part of a vibrant practice that is actively involved in both the public and private sectors and one, which will undoubtedly shape the short/medium (and perhaps long) term future of the Nigerian economy at a time when the country is in dire need of a holistic and sustainable socio-economic development agenda.


Matteo Frontini  is working at Atkins and started a secondment in the UK aerospace industry working on the management of component qualification testing. "The diversity of clients, industries and work that Atkins has, means that there are many opportunities to learn from different projects" said Matteo.  "The learning curve in my first 19 months with Atkins has been very steep which is excellent; the opportunity to work on major engineering projects is very motivating and the work environment and colleagues is diverse and inspiring. The UK nuclear industry seems like it is finally picking up again with the EdF investment which is an excellent moment for new nuclear engineers."

 Syed Alam

I, Syed Bahauddin Alam, a Bangladeshi citizen, completed my PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2018. My PhD research topic was the “Design of Reactor Cores for Civil Nuclear Marine Propulsion”. My PhD supervisor, Dr Geoff Parks, provided me with exceptional support as well as an outstanding atmosphere for research during my PhD studies. His attitude to research motivated me to continue to the PhD programme following my MPhil course, and my desire to be a member of the academic family. The “Cambridge Nuclear Group” was a great source of support; their advice and insights were invaluable to me over the course of my PhD.

During my PhD, I had the opportunity to work at the Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission, Brown University, UC Berkeley and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). I was fortunate enough to win a “Best Student Paper Award” at the International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2016) in San Francisco and the “Best Technical Poster Award” at the 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-16) in Chicago. In addition, I was awarded a Cambridge Philosophical Society “Research Studentships Award” 2017, a Cambridge Trust Award 2017, a Cambridge Postgraduate Santander Award 2017 and a Lundgren Research Award 2016.

Prior to my PhD, I also completed an MPhil in Nuclear Energy from the University of Cambridge in 2013. My journey towards my Cambridge PhD was quite an interesting one and was clearly influenced by the MPhil in Nuclear Energy at Cambridge. I would like to pay tribute to my MPhil course director, Tony Roulstone, for introducing me to the exciting field of nuclear engineering while supporting and guiding my studies. The MPhil course is challenging and interesting, encompassing all aspects of “Nuclear Energy” to provide a comprehensive understanding of the field. I found this course extremely helpful for my progression onto a PhD. Most importantly, the MPhil helped me to prepare for my PhD studies.

Just after completing my PhD, I started working at the Nuclear R&D Division of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA Cadarache), which is the largest research and development centre in Europe and cited as one of “The World’s Most Innovative Research Institutions”. My MPhil and PhD in Nuclear Energy/Engineering from Cambridge undoubtedly helped me to get into this world-leading nuclear institution. Cambridge Nuclear Engineering helped me become a confident nuclear scientist and gave me a perfect opportunity to reach my professional destination.


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