Anna Faggionato

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Anna is an MSc Advanced Polymer Science and Engineering student from Italy. 

I'm studying how materials are made, how they work, their chemical, physical and mechanical properties and how to target these for each specific application. My degree is mainly focused on polymeric materials, but we have many modules related to metals and ceramics too.

Why did you choose to study MSc Advanced Polymer Science and Engineering?

I've always been interested in knowing how things are made and how they work from the raw material to the final product. I think this subject helps me understand how everything around us works.

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary University of London?

Queen Mary is a well known University worldwide and is really famous in the material science and engineering field. Apart from this, London is a beautiful, dynamic city full of opportunities. 

What advice would you give someone who is considering studying an Engineering or Materials Science MSc?

Already having a background in these fields will definitely help you, but it's never too late for a fresh start!

What is it like to be a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science?

It's a fantastic opportunity, because you can meet so many different people coming from different environments and this gives you the opportunity to challenge and compare yourself to others.

What has been your favourite module so far, and why?

I can't choose one, so I'll say two. Macromolecular Engineering and Advanced Nanocomposites. I liked them because they're mainly focused on polymers and because they gave me a really good understanding of this class of materials and their different applications.

What has been your favourite part of your course so far?

The research project with no doubt. My research project investigates the characterisation of 3D-printed leather waste and ecotpu compounds for sustainable fashion.

What skills have you gained as a student in SEMS?

Time management, public speaking, technical skills

What has surprised you most about studying here?

The opportunity to have access to the laboratory and actually being able to practice all the things we usually just hear in class.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I'd like to work in the field of polymeric materials but I'm even interested in continuing my research with a PhD. I still haven't taken a precise decision.