LETI Graduate Abduljabbar Ba Mahel: "LETI Can Open Any Path"
Abduljabbar Ba Mahel, the top LETI graduate of master's program 2022, spoke about the resources that LETI can provide for a successful career as a scientist, his first scientific discoveries, and his favorite place at the university.
Abduljabbar Ba Mahel was the top graduate of the Faculty of Information Measurement and Biotechnical Systems in 2022. Abduljabbar studied Biotechnical Systems and Technologies.
While studying at the university, he won the Open Doors Olympiad, received a government quota for postgraduate studies, created media content in Arabic promoting LETI in the international educational space, participated in numerous events and scientific conferences, and received a diploma with honors.
We spoke with Abduljabbar about his favorite disciplines, research interests, and plans for the future.
– Do you remember your first impression of the university? How did you get to know the university during your first year? What is your favorite place in the university?
– I finished my preparatory department in another city and decided to move to St. Petersburg. LETI was first on my list of universities to apply to.
When I first came to the university, I was very impressed by Building 5 and the atmosphere in the International Students Office in Building 3. I was thrilled when I walked into the Department of Radio Engineering and Telecommunications. I remember wandering around the university for a long time on my first day, looking for the classrooms. I have many fond memories of my favorite places in the university - the library and the lobby on the second floor of Building 5.
I would like to note that the first semester was the most difficult because of the unfamiliar environment and the novelty of the teaching methods, but with each semester, it became easier and easier.
– Which courses were the most challenging, and which were the most interesting and rewarding?
– Each discipline had its own challenges to overcome. The hard work, perseverance, and self-learning skills instilled in me at school helped me successfully overcome all challenges.
The most difficult disciplines for me were Physics and the Theoretical Foundations of Electrical Engineering. I find almost all subjects useful, and it was difficult to choose one, but "Technology and methods of analysis of medical and biological data" can be called the most useful.
– Which of the faculty of the university had the greatest influence on you/whom would you like to thank?
– There are certainly many such teachers, and each of them has contributed something to help me develop over the years. I am grateful to all of them.
In particular, I would like to thank the teachers of the Department of Radio Electronic Facilities and the Department of Bioengineering Systems. Of course, I would like to express my special gratitude to Zafar Yuldashev, the Head of the Department of Biotechnical Systems, and Alexander Kalinichenko, a professor of the department and my scientific advisor in the master's program, for the knowledge I received working under his guidance.
– What was your first scientific lesson at LETI? How did you become interested in scientific discovery?
– My first research paper was on arrhythmia classification based on machine learning methods. I have always been interested in doing research in this area, so I spent a lot of time in my master's program looking for resources and courses. But that was not enough. In this sense, LETI gave me something that cannot be obtained independently: experience in solving complex problems accumulated by generations of scientists. It was then that I realized: LETI can open any path and help me understand and solve complex problems.
– What do you consider to be your greatest achievement during your years at LETI?
– My main achievement during my studies at LETI was winning the OpenDoors Olympiad twice. Thanks to this, I received government quotas to study for a master's degree and graduate school.
– Why did you choose to study in this particular field? What is your vision of your future career path? Will it be related to what you are doing?
– There is no doubt that it will be related. I plan to continue my research activities in my Ph.D. studies. I'm interested in the development of systems and technologies in digital medicine. This is related to the research and development of software that helps doctors make decisions when diagnosing and treating patients. In my master's program, my supervisor suggested a topic on the classification of heart rhythm disorders. I was interested in it and now will go further in this direction.