Leicester graduates in the news: Khoo Kien Ling
It’s a long way from Leicester to Malaysia but it’s even further from ‘Molecular dynamics simulation of high frequency dielectric absorption in hollandite' … to wedding planning.
In the early 2000s, Khoo Kien Ling was a PhD student in our Department of Engineering, developing computer models of the fluid behaviour of ions inside hollandite, a family of crystals principally composed of barium and oxygen. (The old Engineering website still has a page on Dr Khoo’s work including a movable 3-D model of a hollandite molecule that you can play with.)
But as an interview in leading Malaysian paper the New Straits Times reveals, Kien Ling is now one of the country’s top wedding planners, to the extent that she has set up a school to teach other people how to become wedding planners. Her company is called Adamas Weddings (from the Greek word for ‘diamond’) and her charges* are very reasonable.
It might seem like a radical career move, but Kien Ling says she believes in fairy tales and dreams coming true. And besides, as her website explains, the processes aren’t so different:
This model is akin to organizing the details and weighing the overall condition in a calculation to achieve a particular outcome through the best approaches."
* Electric engineering joke