Carleton experience leads to NASA for PhD grad

He’s developed technologies to help cancer patients. He’s helped extend battery life. Now, he’s at NASA building livable structures for astronauts visiting the moon.

Muhammad Arsalan’s accomplishments may be impressive but he remains modest when he talks about them.

“I was not a student who always came first. My siblings were like that and I was different,” laughs Arsalan, who is receiving his PhD in electrical engineering.

He completed his master’s degree in science in 2004, where he focused on low-power circuits. When he started his PhD, he was searching for a unique way to apply this vast knowledge.

That’s when he and his friend, Atif Shamim, joined forces.

Shamim says their friendship helped them get through any rough patches they may have faced over the years.

“He always has high goals and thinks big. Because of his motivation, we participated in a number of things and attempted very brave things,” Shamim recalls.

Shamim graduated in June, but the pair is still involved in their joint company, Vital Signs Monitoring (VSM) Technologies.

Arsalan credits the experience and knowledge he received while obtaining his PhD from Carleton as playing a vital role in earning the job at NASA.

Carleton Professor Langis Roy, who advised the pair throughout their research, says he’s extremely proud of Arsalan’s achievements.

“I have personally observed the excellence of [his] written and oral communications, and the extraordinary level of his leadership,” says Roy.

“I find Arsalan to be a top researcher with an extraordinary ability to combine multiple technologies in innovative ways.”

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By Kristy Strauss

Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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