Myeonggeun

Myeonggeun

Where did you study before coming to Oxford?

I attended Pusan National University in South Korea as an undergraduate and undertook an industrial placement in the UK with Rolls-Royce plc. I was a member of St Edmund Hall, Oxford during the early stages of my doctorate and migrated to St Catherine's College to take up the Overseas Scholarship.

What are you studying/researching at Oxford?

I am a DPhil candidate in Engineering Science, looking at relatively new way to improve the efficiency of the gas turbine by actively managing the tip clearance between turbine case and high speed rotating blades. The work has the potential for much greater improvement in engine performance and thus a reduction in fuel burn, particularly as employed in aero-engines.

Why did you choose St Catherine’s? 

St Catherine's is well known for its large graduate community and its strength in many branches of Engineering. The wide community of international and home students, reputation for looking after the interests of research students and the recognition associated with the scholarships all make it attractive as a college to apply to.

What do you like most about St Catherine’s?

St Catherine's provides a range of funding opportunities to help our graduate study with great support of the academic staffs. The various graduate scholarships and research expenses funds are open to all members throughout the year. For your successful graduate research, it would be wrong to suggest that the additional funding would not be very welcome.

What is a typical day like?

My daily routine begins with facing peaceful ducks and geese on the way to my office walking along the Thames Path. Such a pleasant environment helps me feel fresh and set my mind in the right direction every morning. I spend most of my time in the lab, analysing experimental and numerical data, collaborating with an industrial partner and working on papers.  A plurality of fascinating seminars and talks by distinguished external speakers in the department and college are always waiting around the corner.