Loughborough Alumni

Our alumni

Diane Dorai

Science Instructor: Nutty Scientists Malaysia

Diane completed her Bachelor of Engineering and Masters at Loughborough University, graduating in 1999. Diane now works to promote STEM skills among young children and is an active member of the Malaysian alumni group. Here she enjoys meeting and working with fellow alumni.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

Loughborough University was listed as one of the Top 10 Universities to study Chemical Engineering in the early 90’s. I was also seeking a small town university where living costs would not be too high. I was also impressed with the sporting facilities and activities available.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

It was one of the most memorable years of my life living and studying in Loughborough. The Chemical Engineering faculty was top-notched, lecturers were helpful and friendly and I had a high quality of study. This proved much helpful when starting my first job as a Plant and Process Engineer in the industrial gases field.

Can you tell us more about the company/organisation you are currently working for?

I am currently a Science Instructor communicating science in after school programs for children between the ages of 4 –12 years old.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

Once completing my studies I had started my career in the industrial gases industry as a plant and process engineer. I started in the Air Separation Unit plants producing oxygen, nitrogen and argon gases, first in Shah Alam and then in Prai, Penang. I later moved to the Hydrogen Production plants in Banting and Port Klang.

After 10 years of service I took a career break and followed my husband to Australia while he undertook a Masters course at the University of Wollongong. After returning, I took up a position as a Project Engineer in the construction of a gas filling plant in Kuantan, Malaysia.

I took another career break when I had my daughter and chose to stay home to raise her. In this last year I have eased back into the working life by working with kids in promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

My latest position has been the most fulfilling to date. I hope to inspire young children to have a love for the sciences while at a young age and be able to develop to their fullest potential.

How long have you been involved in the Loughborough University Malaysia alumni group?

I have been involved in the alumni since the year 2000

What has been your favourite alumni event?

We have had a number of great reunions over the years but my favourite would have to be the gathering we had in 2012 at the Royal Selangor Club as we had a record turnout of almost 200 pax. We had a great team of volunteers from the alumni led by Mr Viyasan Krishnan (Civil Engineering 1984) in organising this event which was a tremendous success.

What do you enjoy the most about being involved in the alumni group?

The most enjoyable thing for me would be the meeting and working with Malaysian alumni from the various generations and fields of study, Of particular note I would like to highlight the immeasurable support and assistance provided by the late Datuk Peter Vellapan (1935 – 2018) who was a key member of the alumni over the years. He will be missed.

What does the future hold for the Malaysian alumni group?

The future for our alumni group holds a huge number of possibilities. We hope we can organize more frequent events for meet-up and networking among our members. It would be great if we could have tie-ups with industries and companies out there where we could provide younger graduates opportunities for employment within these organisations.

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