As an engineer I've designed, developed and manufactured products for industry, and I'm keen to teach our students about the latest technology available for the international market.
I am always trying to instil useful skills and attitudes that should serve students not only in short term, but also long term. A degree might last three years, but students’ professional life will last much longer than that.
As a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in the School of Engineering and Built Environment, I teach on a number of modules both in the UK and China. I supervise research projects for MSc students and final-year undergraduates. I also provide pastoral care for my personal tutees.
There are a lot of administrative activities that take place behind the scenes and, of course, there is research. For me, it's design and development of wireless products and embedded systems; I'm passionate about that.
I came to work at ARU for several reasons, including mundane considerations like the location. But also because when I first learned of the position, I came to speak to the head of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the time and got a sense of a welcoming, collegiate place.
At ARU you see people from every sort of background and culture, from the UK and overseas. Importantly, it is what you make of yourself here that counts. ARU will try to help you make the most your time here on an academic but also a personal level.
From a professional standpoint, I am always having to push the boundaries of what I know and feel comfortable with, so in a way I'm always learning, always a student of some sort.
No two days are really quite the same and more often than not, they are completely different. Every day, I ask myself what my priorities are right now and plan accordingly.
Students who work with me know I expect a lot from them, but even more from myself. In a way it is a partnership where we work together to achieve whatever the goals are. By the end students know they will have gained a lot of knowledge and skills. Even more importantly, for me, they gain confidence and an attitude that allows them to deal effectively with whatever the future may hold.
Masoud Hakimi teaches engineering at ARU: find out more about our undergraduate engineering courses.