Ahnaf Tahabub Fulbright Future Scholarship recipient
Congratulations to postgraduate research student Ahnaf Tajwar Tahabub for receiving a prestigious Fulbright Future Scholarship to undertake further studies in the United States of America in the field of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics.
Fulbright Australia promotes education and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States in order to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen relations between the two countries. The scholarships allow postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S.
"A Fulbright Award is more than a Scholarship – it is, in the words of Senator Fulbright, a means of fostering 'leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures… It is a modest program with an immodest aim–the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilized, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past.'"
Ahnaf’s aversion to viewing objects as black boxes underlies his desire to understand the fundamental principles behind nature through physical intuition and mathematical rigor. However, due to his Bangladeshi background and diverse community involvement through teaching, he is just as zealous about social issues and feels that it is his life’s purpose to utilise this deep theory for humanity’s benefit.
Consequently, he pursued Master of Philosophy work at the University of Adelaide under Professor Mathai Varghese on the mathematics of remarkable, low-temperature activated substances called superconductors, which have uses in Maglev trains, NMR machines and loss-less current transport.
As a Fulbright Scholar, his doctoral aim in the US is to use string theoretic tools to help develop a microscopic model for high-temperature variants of these superconductors. The current engineering consensus maintains that these anomalous substances can allow for efficient nuclear fusion – a holy grail for the world’s, and particularly Australia’s, energy problems'.
Congratulations Ahnaf, and we wish you all the best for your scholarship in America!