Mustafa Bakr

Why did you decide to study an MSc (Eng) Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds?

I decided to study a Masters degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds because of the wide range of optional modules the course offers. The large variety of modules allows me to strengthen my electrical engineer foundation and enhance my knowledge in industry experience or for further study such as a MhP or PhD.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?

The best aspect of this course is the widespread assignments throughout the course. The materials given in each module cover a wide range of topic supported by assignments that covers theoretical, practical, simulation and coding aspects. Such experience will polish an engineer's personality and train him/her to adapt to different work environment.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.

I have done several exciting projects such as:
• A mixed Oscilloscope using DE2-35 FPGA starter kit.
• Mathlab codes for representing a solar panel connected to a grid through DC-AC converters and Wind turbine generator connected to a grid through AC-DC-AC converter.
• Building a DC-AC converter with a hysteresis current control and PWM as a gate trigger.
• Plan a radio network (3G) for the capital city in my country (Baghdad) using Wi-map software.

I have also completed many other written assignments, case studies and mini-projects alongside these exciting projects.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a beautiful quite city located in West Yorkshire County of the UK, between Manchester and York. It offers the gorgeous Yorksire Dales, the lovely city centre and a great stop that connects you to the south and the north of the UK. In addition, the living cost is acceptable and not expensive, I really recommend it!

What are your ambitions for the future?

My dream is to give something back to the human-kind and my country. I hope to gain a scholarship at the University of Leeds to study a PhD, and continue doing research on microwave filters. After, I would like to gain experience and enhance my practical research skills by working within the industry. Finally, I want make a contribution to improve the people lives through my research and play a role in developing my country (Iraq) to become one of the leading countries.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Studying at the University of Leeds has allowed me to enhance my research ability and strengthen my immunity working under pressure. The experiences gained since the day I was born(from my parents, family, relatives, friends, schools, universities, books and so on) will help me in my future career. So, thank you for all the people I met throughout my journey here at the University of Leeds.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

I would say, make the most of your time to improve your academic ability. Don’t forget to take a rest and explore Leeds and the UK when you have a chance. Don’t forget to make loads of friends.