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Seventeen Tokyo Tech students from 12 countries and regions have been appointed as Student Ambassadors for academic year 2022. These students, who represent various levels of study and possess different motives for coming to Japan and the Institute, were celebrated at the Student Ambassadors' kickoff ceremony on May 31.
At the ceremony, moderated by second-year Student Ambassadors Elena Aloupogianni, a 3rd-year doctoral student in Information and Communications Engineering, and Teerapat Suteerapongpun, a 2nd-year doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering, Executive Vice President for Education Jun-ichi Imura thanked each ambassador personally and handed them their letters of appointment. The ambassadors also each introduced themselves and spoke about their ambitions at Tokyo Tech and beyond.
This article introduces eleven of Tokyo Tech's newest Student Ambassadors. For more interesting stories from these and other ambassadors, check out the regular posts shared on the Tokyo Tech Ambassadors' Blog.
Naeimeh Anzabi — Iran
3rd-year doctoral student, Industrial Engineering and Economics
I specialize in the field of art and design and am currently researching the interrelationship between humans and robots. After earning my bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial design, I came to Japan, a pioneering nation in technology and robotics, in 2018. As a Tokyo Tech Student Ambassador, I am proud to share this adventure with you as I enjoy living in Japan and studying at Tokyo Tech.
Yu Nin Chan — Malaysia
3rd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
I like to walk around the campus at Tokyo Tech and see all the different things there are to see. Although I was only able to come to Japan at the end of my first year due to COVID-19, I remain eager and excited to explore the country and learn about the culture. I am honored to be chosen as a Tokyo Tech Student Ambassador, and look forward to sharing information about Japan and the research environment through my experiences.
Dinh Thi Thanh Thanh (Beth) — Da Nang, Vietnam
1st-year master's student, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
I graduated from Tokyo Tech's Global Scientists and Engineers Program (GSEP) and am now enrolled in the IGP (C). I am very interested in logistics and development projects in the ASEAN region, and therefore I decided to join the Hanaoka Research Group to study urban mobility planning.
Shahriar Ahmad Fahim — Dhaka, Bangladesh
2nd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
I joined the Institute in April 2021 and currently live in a Tokyo Tech dormitory in Yokohama. Tokyo Tech has many fascinating laboratories that conduct research which creates positive impact on society. My future goal is to contribute to my country through the knowledge I have acquired.
Kang Wei Goo (Lynn) — Malaysia
1st-year doctoral student, Materials Science and Engineering
After graduating from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia, I pursued my master's degree and joined the Hosoda and Tahara Laboratory on Suzukakedai Campus, and have now progressed to my doctoral studies. My research focuses on the development of biocompatible shape memory alloys. I have been lucky enough to study abroad on a scholarship, and I now have lived in Japan for two and a half years. I am fluent in four languages — English, Chinese, Malay, and Japanese.
Marie Kawamura — Japan
1st-year master's student, Social and Human Sciences
I joined Tokyo Tech in the fall of 2021 to pursue my academic career in the Yumiyama Lab, where I have been researching multicultural coexistence in local communities in Japan. Tokyo Tech has always encouraged interdisciplinary educational programs to foster students with diverse, global perspectives. Regardless of your major, you will undoubtedly have abundant opportunities to meet some fascinating researchers, professors, and students here.
Sudeera Gunathilaka Ayubowan — Sri Lanka
1st-year doctoral student, Computer Science
I first came to Japan in 2015. After receiving my bachelor's degree, I joined Aonishi's Laboratory at Tokyo Tech in 2020 for my master's degree. My research interests include quantum computing and artificial intelligence. I started studying Japanese when I was 11 years old and was exposed to Japanese technology, traditions, calligraphy and other news from Japan from an early age.
Amin Nazarahari — Iran
2nd-year doctoral student, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
I was born in the UK, spent most of my childhood in Europe, and moved to Iran for high school. After graduating from high school, I came to Japan where I completed my bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as research work, and am now working on my doctoral studies. I specialize in energy science and engineering, and my research at the Tokimatsu Laboratory focuses on socioeconomic issues and impact related to energy consumption. I have a passion for leadership, travel, music, and getting lost in nature. I also love diversity. Being a student at Tokyo Tech not only provides me with a quality education, but also provides opportunities to meet people from all over the world.
Shiela Marie Selisana — The Philippines
3rd-year doctoral student, Life Science and Technology
Before coming to Japan, I worked for seven years as a faculty member at the University of the Philippines Los Banos, and was a research fellow both at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in Thailand and Academia Sinica in Taiwan. I entered Tokyo Tech as a research student and six months later began studying for my doctorate in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering. I am currently a member of the Kajiwara & Orihara Laboratory.
Do Tien Dun (Bryan) — Vietnam
2nd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Studying in Japan and at Tokyo Tech was not something I planned to do when I was in high school. After graduating from high school, I studied physics in Vietnam for two years. I then changed my major and started studying in the GSEP program because I wanted to challenge myself and make a practical difference in society.
Nada Zaghloul — Egypt
2nd-year doctoral student, Chemical Science and Engineering
I like being called "Nada" here because my first name is easy to pronounce for Japanese speakers, as opposed to my last name. I came to Japan in the fall of 2018 to study at Tokyo Tech, where I received my master's degree in 2020 and then progressed to my doctoral studies in Chemical Science and Engineering. I have spent most of my life in Egypt, but having lived in Japan between the ages of 1 and 4, coming to Japan was a natural choice even before I starting thinking about studying abroad.