Extraordinary people have shaped the world as we know it today and our Tyndall alumni are no exception. They embody the scientific legacy of Tyndall and continue to make a difference and ripples of impact throughout their careers.
Today, we are proud to feature Dr Zeinab Shaban, former PhD student in the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), SFI Centre for Photonics, Tyndall. Zeinab is now a Process Development Scientist at X-Celeprint.
Zeinab describes her time at Tyndall and her cherished memories. Alongside her career milestones, she shares her advice for those seeking to follow in her footsteps.
What is your current role and how different is it from your role in Tyndall/NMRC?
In my current role as a Process Development Scientist at X-Celeprint, I am immersed in the practical application of scientific principles, focusing on the design, development, and optimization of processes, and implementing innovative methods for various industrial projects. This role marks a transition from my time at Tyndall during my PhD, where I conducted experimental research. While my doctoral work laid a strong foundation in experimental methodologies, my current position allows me to extend those skills into the realm of industrial innovation. I am actively contributing to the translation of research findings into real-world solutions, bridging the gap between academic experimentation and applied technology development.
How did your time at Tyndall/NMRC progress your career?
My PhD has significantly contributed to my effectiveness as a Process Development Scientist. The expertise I gained in the fabrication of opto-electronic devices during my doctoral research at Tyndall has uniquely positioned me for success in my current role. The precision, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills honed during my PhD are directly applicable to the complex challenges I encounter in industrial projects. Moreover, the ability to bridge theoretical knowledge with practical implementation, developed throughout my PhD, is a distinct advantage as I optimize processes in my current role. Overall, pursuing a Ph.D. at Tyndall has equipped me with a specialized skill set that sets me apart in the field of process development.
Tell us your best memories of Tyndall/NMRC?
Among many memorable times at Tyndall, one that truly stands out is from the Mad Scientist event, where I had the opportunity to share and explain scientific concepts to young children. Witnessing their enthusiasm and passion for science created a truly special and cherished memory, highlighting the impact of bridging the gap between complex ideas and young minds during my time at Tyndall.
Share with us your career milestones?
In my career journey, I achieved notable milestones, including publishing several impactful papers during my PhD and master's, and contributing to national patents in my master's program. In the past year at X-Celeprint, I've applied my expertise in process development, bridging academia and industry. Each milestone has played a crucial role in shaping my professional path, and I'm excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.
What’s your advice for those following in your footsteps?
Embrace every opportunity for learning and growth. Don't shy away from challenges; they often lead to the most significant breakthroughs. Keep your passion alive; it will drive you through the ups and downs. Finally, remember, your journey is uniquely yours, so enjoy the process and celebrate the milestones along the way.
How do you like to spend your personal-time?
In my personal time, I enjoy activities that nourish my mind and body. I particularly find comfort in hiking, immersing myself in captivating books, and unwinding with a good movie, especially when shared with my family.
If you weren’t doing the job you’re doing now, what would you be doing?
While I absolutely love my current role and find it immensely fulfilling, if I were to consider an alternative path, my passion for architecture and design would likely lead me in that direction.
What’s a motto you live by?
My guiding motto is 'Live the life and find joy in what is.' This philosophy reminds me to embrace each moment, appreciate the present, and find happiness in the simple things.