Student Spotlight: Azeam Anjum
Azeam Anjum developed an interest in science during high school, where he also enjoyed math and computer programming.
“I liked to relate physics concepts to my interests, such as the application of electromagnetic induction and how it works in an electric guitar,” he said.
After College of DuPage offered him a scholarship, Anjum researched the school and decided to apply. He's never doubted the decision. For example, in 2010, Anjum was one of two science students from College of DuPage to land summer internships at Fermilab. Anjum participated in a project with a re-accelerator that involved inductive output tubes, or IOTs, which TV stations once used to broadcast analog signals.
“I worked with technicians, engineers and physicists who were designing cooling systems for the IOTs in a test facility,” Anjum said. “I learned so much from the people I worked with – Maurice Ball on this project, Kevin Duel on the second project, and my supervisor Frankie Kelly.”
In addition to gaining an internship at Fermilab, Anjum was the rare student who also landed an internship at Argonne National Laboratory. After his internship ended, he worked at Argonne an additional two years as a co-operative technical research assistant and then as a research assistant.
Anjum earned his associate’s degree from COD and transferred to the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was awarded the UIC Steven M. Pasquerelli Academic Merit Scholarship and the INPO National Academy of Nuclear Training Merit Scholarship, which was based on his performance as an engineering intern at the Exelon Nuclear Power Plant. During his last two semesters, he worked at the UIC Computational Multiphase Transport Laboratory, where he researched CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics).
After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago and its Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he received UIC’s Faydor Litvin Graduate Award and earned his master’s in Energy Engineering. He then passed his professional engineering exam.
Anjum now works as a fossil power technologies engineer at Sargent & Lundy, LLC, in downtown Chicago. Currently, he is part of a team designing a new generation plant in Kazakhstan. The plant will both generate power for the nation as well as provide heat and heated water to a local village.
He is thankful for his time at College of DuPage and how well it started his collegiate career. He returns to COD annually to speak at its Explore Engineering Night.
“COD has great opportunities,” Anjum said. “All of the science classes transfer, and I could take upper-level courses. To study thermodynamics at a two-year college is impressive.”
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