Ivan Koh

Ivan Koh

  • Job title: Development and Application Engineer at Clariant
  • What organisation does: The manufacture of a range of specialty chemicals based largely on pigment, surfactant and polymer chemistry.
  • Main responsibilities: New product development, provide customer service relating to material performance, setup pilot of production runs and processes for new products.

Why did you choose Materials Science and Engineering?

I had a background in polymers, and had already decided to build my career in the speciality chemicals/polymer industry so it was natural for me to choose Materials Science and Engineering at Sheffield. The Department is also highly-regarded among employers.

Why did you choose Sheffield? What do you enjoy about the city?

The University of Sheffield (UoS) is part of the Russell Group and has many collaborations with large and successful multinational corporations. UoS is also well-known for its teaching and research excellence, I knew it was one of the best places for me to pursue higher education and also get me in good standing when applying for a job.

The good thing about Sheffield is that it has a little bit of everything. It has a bit of the city and is also close to nature. There is a huge variety of eateries which is great, I particular like shopping at the Moor Market.

What's been the most enjoyable part of the course?

The MSc project was the most enjoyable because it was when you really get tested. You get to display your abilities better because it resembled taking on a real work assignment alone. I felt the Project is a great way to evaluate the student.

What did you do outside of University?

I am passionate about investing, and I spent most weekday mornings watching the movements in the Asian equity markets and reading. I went for Muay Thai sessions at a local gym along Effingham road. I also like to travel and searched for the non-touristy areas.

If you could give one piece of advice to students beginning their taught masters?

Identify your end goal and be clear what your reason for taking this programme is. This will keep you motivated to do well because you already have your priorities.