I really like my job and feel like a very lucky person. I came from a small university in Egypt with a big dream to be part of the best institution and research group in the world, and here I am at TU Delft!
Hitham Mahmoud is a Senior Engineer at Else Kooi Laboratory (EKL). Hitham studied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering in Egypt. He got a FPI Spanish grant at The Spanish National Research Council in Madrid for a master and PhD degree. Developing smart and durable concrete was his motivation to continue working at the university Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Shenzhen University (China) and then TU Delft. Here he found a creative environment to work on this self-healing concrete using polymeric nano vesicles.
When Hitham got wind of the news that the EKL was a highly advanced and well-equipped polymer lab and was looking for an engineer with a background in polymer technologies combined with chemistry, he did not hesitate. Hitham: “After six rounds of interviews, I was the lucky man!”
Hitham: “I was inspired by the fact that nano/ micro technology is the key technology of the twenty-first century. Its promising future in silicon technology, the novel applications of polymers, and wet chemistry basic role for microsystem technology and nanostructuring processing for MEMS and MOEMS technology were my main motivation to join EKL. The goal of my job at EKL, together with researchers, is to provide innovative solutions to the challenges related to polymer processing and wet benches chemistry for the running research projects. I really like my job and feel like a very lucky person. I came from a small university in Egypt with a big dream to be part of the best institution and research group in the world, and here I am at TU Delft!”