Dr Layal Hakim

Department: Department of Mathematics

As a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics, Layal received the following awards:

Women in Mathematics Day Best Poster Awarded by the London Mathematical Society - April 2014

Student Teacher of the Year Award Awarded by Brunel University Student-Led Teaching Awards - May 2014

Certificate of Merit for Best Student Paper Awarded by: The 2013 International Conference of Applied and Engineering Mathematics. For the paper: Integral Equations in Cohesive Zones Modelling of Fracture in History

Student Teacher of the Year Award  Awarded by Brunel University Student-Led Teaching Awards - April 2013

As an undergraduate Mathematics student at Brunel, Layal was also awarded:

Brunel University Prize for Best Student  - July 2010

The Trier Prize  Awarded annually at Brunel University to a female student from any discipline who has demonstrated outstanding ability in mathematics in her final year project - July 2010

Foster Prize Awarded by Department of Mathematics for outstanding mathematical ability - July 2010

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Prize for outstanding performance in the final year of a mathematics course - July 2010

I enrolled as an undergraduate student in September 2007. My experience as an undergraduate student at Brunel University has been memorable. When I started, I was worried about the difficulty of the course and I was worried about how many times I would get lost on campus. However, as the days went by, the level of worry decreased rapidly. I made many close friends along the way, with whom I spent a lot of time studying in the library, as well as doing extra-curricular activities. There were many days when I wished that my undergraduate degree was 4 or 5 years instead of 3 because I wanted the experience to last longer. Whilst I was in the third year of the undergraduate degree, my lecturers advised me to commence a PhD in Applied Mathematics. My final year project involves solving integral equations that model cracks propagating in materials and lead to rupture. While working on my project, my passion for mathematics and fracture mechanics strengthened. In October 2010, I enrolled as a PhD student in the Mathematics department under the supervision of Professor Sergey Mikhailov. My PhD project was about a non-linear history-dependent cohesive zone model, which models the crack growth in linear elastic and viscoelastic materials. A numerical algorithm for computing the evolution of the crack and cohesive zone in time was formulated and implemented. I completed my PhD in April 2014. Whilst I was a PhD student, I attended many conferences and symposiums. This was a great opportunity for me to meet people from around the world who research in the same field and to learn more about my own area of research. The Graduate School at Brunel organised many events for PhD students such as coffee mornings every Tuesday. By attending some of these events, I met PhD students from a range of departments. As a postgraduate student, I was also a graduate teaching assistant. I taught Level 1 and Level 2 seminars and lectures. This experience was very enjoyable and memorable. The Maths Cafe is held at Brunel University each spring to aid students in all the departments with their maths-related exams. Being an assistant in these sessions for 3 consecutive years gave me the opportunity to meet many people from different departments and has widened my teaching experience. In July 2014, I was appointed as a post-doctoral research associate at Imperial College. My time spent at the Department of Mathematics at Brunel University is unforgettable. I am very grateful for the immeasurable inspiration I have received from the academic staff in the department. Moreover, the administrative staff have always been very friendly and a pleasure to be around.

Page last updated: Tuesday 21 October 2014