I have realized that being a Ph.D. student is more than only doing research. In this post, I will talk about my experience with all these parallel activities. I worked on my research project but I have also attended online courses and lectures. Moreover, I participated in meetings with other institutions to discuss possible mutual collaborations. Finally, I started with my teaching responsibilities assisting professor Olaf Dössel with his course in Electromagnetics and Numerical Calculation of Fields.
I worked on creating the mathematical framework of the model that I will investigate. A big part of the first weeks of my project consisted of reading tons of papers about the state of the art in the field. In the beginning, the equations of the existing models seemed a bit long and overwhelming. After reading them again and again in multiple contexts, they finally started to make sense in my head. Furthermore, I came up with a few ideas to upgrade those models to tackle my research question. I showed my ideas for the mathematical framework in pen and paper to my supervisor and he thinks that it is reasonable to start the computer implementation of my model. The exact way how to put the theory on the computer is still in discussion but I am thrilled with the idea of putting my ideas into practice.
November was a very busy month. However, after all that work, I have the satisfaction that important steps were done. Even more, considering all the additional challenges that the pandemic brought upon us in these uncertain times. I feel that in a few months as a Ph.D. student I have grown a lot personally and academically. Christmas and New Year’s Eve are around the corner which means I will have a very well-deserved rest very soon.
See you next time!
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