These days, our PhD students, Ahmed Gamal Abd-Elsatar and Abel Woldu Ourgessa, have returned to FunGlass after completing a one-year training stay at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Padua, Italy. During this period, they worked on their dissertations under the supervision of Prof. Enrico Bernardo and Dr. Hamada Elsayed.
Ahmed focused on the topic “Characterization, functionalization, and improvement of glasses for pharma” and tested novel strategies to enhance the strength and chemical stability of pharmaceutical glass containers.
Abel’s PhD topic is “Geopolymer-like materials from an engineered mixture of inorganic waste and waste glass”. His training in Padova has afforded him the privilege of collaborating with experienced researchers, providing invaluable insights and substantial knowledge in research areas related to alkali activation of glass and 3D printing.
Here are their personal feelings:
“I want to sincerely thank my Unipd supervisors, Prof. Enrico Bernardo and Dr. Hamada Elsayed, for this year’s experience. I’ve enjoyed working with you and have learned so much from your experience, guidance, and advice. I’m proud to be part of such a hardworking and innovative team. Saying ‘thank you’ is not enough for me to express how grateful I am for your support, motivation, and kindness during the long-term training stay at Unipd, Italy. I am also appreciative of my FG supervisor, Dr. Jozef Kraxner, for your invaluable help, support, and confidence since I joined FunGlass.”
Abel Woldu Ourgessa:
“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to my supervisor, Professor Enrico Bernardo, for the unwavering guidance. Additionally, I express appreciation to Dr. Hamada Elsayed for his valuable support and mentorship. My time spent in Italy has been profoundly interesting and conducive to life-long learning.”