Mohamed describes his work experience at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) as “a great beginning to a career in academia.” He left for Japan in September of 2010 after receiving a job offer from NTT to work at their Basic Research Laboratory. His work in characterizing semiconducting thin-films as a Research Intern allowed him to learn more about fundamental science while working on world class research, and he fondly recounts memories of sharing a lab with other highly motivated researchers and credits the countless discussions he had with them on superconductivity to be one of the reasons that led him to make them decision to pursue a PhD.
After completing his Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Ottawa, Mohamed ended up pursuing his PhD on superconductivity in Japan. His PhD supervisor then acquainted him with the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at The University of British Columbia, where he is now a Postdoctoral Fellow. The experiences he had and the things he learned during his co-op work term in Japan led Mohamed to discover a passion that helped him decide on the path he wanted to take after completing his undergraduate degree.