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QMUL Student: Kieran Hashmi

Tuesday 9 February 2016


Kieran Hashmi

Kieran Hashmi is a Physics student at QMUL. He recently won a place at a cosmonaut training scheme in Star City, Russia’s famous cosmonaut training centre located near Moscow. He won the award for a video submitted to a competition launched to mark British astronaut Tim Peake’s momentous visit to the International Space Station (ISS). He is an avid adventurer, and has just returned from a study abroad programme at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). We caught up with Kieran to find out more.


Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I’m currently in my third year of my MSci degree in Physics. I am an avid adventurer having just returned home from my study abroad at UCLA in Los Angeles and am very much looking forward to my next great adventure in Russia! I love being a part of a sports team, and I was previously a member of the rowing and sailing teams at university.

Tell us about the award. What was your project? How do you feel about it?
I’m overwhelmed by it all, it seems surreal! The project was to propose an experiment that would be sent to the International Space Station (ISS). My project was on the thermal conductivity of a ferrofluid in microgravity where I discuss its application to industry and physics. A ferrofluid is a liquid which is magnetized when it is exposed to a magnetic field, because of this property it has many useful applications in a weightless environment. I will be venturing to Star City in Moscow in late March where I will be training on the same equipment as the NASA astronauts who train there. It is even more exciting knowing that I will be using the same facilities as Tim Peake and the first human to go to space, Yuri Gagarin.

What is your favourite thing about studying at QMUL?
It would unequivocally have to be the opportunities brought about by QMUL. Last year I was fortunate enough to live and study in Hollywood whilst I was at UCLA. I had such an amazing experience, and had it not been for the QMUL study abroad team I would have never been able to go. So I am very appreciative of the fact that QMUL offers its students many opportunities.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?   
The plan is to work in the space industry. With the rise in the privatisation of the space sector, with companies such as SpaceX and the Sierra Nevada Corporation, I hope I can become a part of the next frontier of space exploration. I hope that this way I will still be able to continue my travels, whilst working on some ground-breaking projects.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
One of the things I enjoy most is being a part of a sports team. In the past I have been actively involved in the QMUL rowing team. Much more recently, whilst I was abroad, I enjoyed being a part of the UCLA sailing team. Currently I continue my commitment to my karate, which I have been doing for 12 years. In addition I am the president of my own rocketry society, Queen Mary Rocketry and Space, which aims to develop an intercollegiate sounding rocket for a competition.

Sum up your time at QMUL in one word.
Opportunistic.

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