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Aim for Infinity and Beyond!

My work is a relentless journey in pushing boundaries, bringing innovative research ideas to execution, and helping students invest their mental energies to make sense of what they are learning.

By Karen Ann Monsy (senior Sub Editor)

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Published: Fri 20 Mar 2015, 4:10 PM

Last updated: Fri 26 Jun 2015, 12:29 AM

INNOVATION:Working with robots and sensors at the university

Who: Mohamed Watfa

What: Associate Professor, University of Wollongong in Dubai

How do you typically start your workday?

My morning is a mad rush to get everyone in my family ready and out of the door. By the time I reach my office (after having dealt with the stress of bumper-to-bumper traffic), my day starts with the sip of a hot cup of coffee before my morning lecture.

Describe your work in a sentence.

My work is a relentless journey in pushing boundaries, bringing innovative research ideas to execution, and helping students invest their mental energies to make sense of what they are learning.

What is your #1 personal principle or success mantra at work?

My personal principle — both in life and at work — is to aim higher to infinity and beyond (in the words of Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear — my idol when I was five). I always try to inspire my students by telling them that if the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in the port forever.

In your workday, what is the one thing you cannot do without?

Spicy Thai food during my lunch break, which reignites me for the rest of the busy day as I explore new scientific research.

Most challenging project to date?

My work is a challenging project by itself, as I indulge in unexplored territory almost every day. One of the most recent challenges was a research project that allowed us to send wireless energy between future electric cars with high efficiency. A challenge indeed!

Who’s your role model as the perfect professional?

My role model as the perfect professional would be my eldest brother who is reliable, respectful, and competent — he respects everyone while sharing and staying true to his principles.

Your favourite indulgence when you need a break from work?

I love movies, especially those that involve a lot of thinking and twists. I always make a correlation between what I watch and my personal life! For example, I try to incept great ideas into my students’ heads (like Inception, the movie).

What is your greatest dream, professionally?

Professionally, my greatest dream is to use my research skills and abilities to innovate and create tools that will change the future of education forever. Ideally, I’d like to invent something that would enable a qualified teacher to be teleported virtually to teach students from different countries simultaneously. 

As told to Karen Ann Monsy

 

 



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