Hello! My name is Amelia and I am currently a 1st year Master’s student in the GPES Program.
I was born in the capital city of Malaysia, and lived there until the age of 18 when I moved to Pennsylvania in the USA for my undergraduate education. While there, I studied Geology, Environmental Science, and Geochemistry. I also spent a semester in Krakow, Poland, as an exchange student in Environmental Engineering at the Jagiellonian University and Politeknika Krakowska.
Upon graduation, I was enticed by the aspect of adventure and decided that I wanted to further my education in a country very foreign to me. The GPES program at the University of Tokyo provided such an opportunity, coupled with the benefit of allowing me to study under my current thesis advisor, a prolific and well established professor known to have mentored many great researchers.
Currently, I am studying Hydrology under Taikan Oki Sensei’s tutelage, and learning to create numerical models that integrate both atmospheric outputs into a land surface model. My thesis project relates to the movement of radioactive contaminants throughout river systems in Japan.
As I am a believer of learning both inside and outside the classroom and lab, I have tried very hard to strike a balance of lifestyle since arriving in Japan. Alongside my fellow GPES students, we have been working very hard to improve the program, as it is still in its infancy. We have regular meetings once a week where we brainstorm suggestions and present them to faculty and department heads. We also ensure that we take trips together, and meet up for lunch to stay in touch!
Aside from research and school associated matters, I am also highly active in the Malaysian Student’s Association of Japan (MSAJ) and University of Tokyo’s Malaysian Student Association (MSATU). I am serving as a committee member for both associations.
If you want to learn more about my life in Japan, or keep up with me in general, please feel free to visit my student profile at the GPES website (http://gpes.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/student-life/being-a-gpes-student.html) or follow me here on the student blogs. I look forward to hearing from you!