As part of World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development, we sat down with Kinan Ghanem, our Research & Development Engineer for our Communication and Systems Integration theme.

Tell us about your role at the PNDC.

I am a communication and systems integration research engineer, working on different communication technologies for the smart grid. My role involves delivering different projects that covers the connectivity for power assets and ensuring that there is an added value through that. Bandwidth and security requirements for the smart grid is one of the projects I am leading at the moment, where we (at the PNDC) are working with our main partners from the industry and government bodies for safer power networks, making the vision of the smart grid reality.

How long have you been working here?

I started my role at the PNDC on April 2017.

What was your background before joining the PNDC?

I worked previously in various communication technologies ( both in Academia and industry). My main background was mobile radio networks. Before joining PNDC I was working as an Academic visitor at Loughborough university, where I worked on optimisation methods and data mining for wireless networks, MIMO, anomaly detection and machine learning for wireless networks.

What do you enjoy most about working at the PNDC?

PNDC is a diverse workplace and lovely environment that enables knowledge, new ideas and experience to be exchanged between the academia and the industry. Also, the collaboration between PNDC’s staff creates connections and builds trust between employees. I am excited for the future growth of the PNDC, as it will open the door for new challenges not only for the centre but for my career. Working in such a challenging environment makes the job more interesting, I love my job and everyone I work with.

What can we find you doing in your spare time?

Walking is my daily hobby. When possible and subject to the weather, I like to enjoy the best walks and hikes in and around Scottish highlands.