PhD Student celebrates Higher Education Academy Recognition

A PhD student from the Department of
Automatic Control and Systems Engineering is celebrating after being recognised as an
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education

Faraj Bashir, 37, was awarded the fellowship in July 2017 after completing the Learning and Teaching Professional
Recognition Scheme at the University of Sheffield.

Whilst researching missing data on multivariate time series, Faraj took on extra roles, such as a teaching assistant, and went to training run by the University.

He said: “To apply for the fellowship, I demonstrated an
understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching,
learning support methods and student learning.

Faraj Bashir

"I enhanced these skills during my PhD by playing many roles at the department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) and other departments within the University of Sheffield.”

Originally from Libya and a student of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Tripoli, Faraj found an interest in Systems Engineering as it bridged the gap between the various elements of Electrical Engineering.

After completing a BSc and Masters in his home country, he decided to join ACSE for his PhD which focused around developing algorithms that enable effective and efficient missing data imputation in a range of fields from embedded systems in the surveillance industry to ECG and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) systems in healthcare.

“As an international student, the most challenging part in my study was being away from my family, as well as getting used to the cultural differences and the language. I started my PhD at the University of Sheffield after nine months of studying on an English language course,” he said.

“In the end, it was worth it as the most rewarding part of my study will be completing my PhD and gaining the Associated Fellowship from the HEA.”

Faraj aims to continue his work in the education sector as a lecturer so that he can achieve more recognition from the HEA and help coach the next generation of system engineers.

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