I was born in the land of fire, also known as Azerbaijan, in one of the most polluted cities in the world – Sumgayit. When I was only two years old, my family decided to move to St.Petersburg, Russia. By the age of three, I was speaking two languages, effectively making me bilingual. Some years later, I attended a school with advanced mathematics studies, eventually graduating at the top of my class.

In 2008, my mom took me to a university fair, which is where I learned that Finland offered free education to anyone interested (foreigners are subject to tuition fees starting academic year 2016-2017). At the time, there were three universities offering bachelor level programs in English, and only Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences offered discretionary admissions, so my target university list was narrowed down to just one. I knew I wanted to become an engineer and did not want to spend all day in front of a computer screen, so I decided to apply for the Environmental Engineering program.

My language skills were quite poor, so I started attending English classes in order to prepare for the TOEFL exam. A year later I scored well on my TOEFL test and passed the entrance examination, and this is pretty much how I ended up in Finland. After a year of studying environmental engineering at Mikkeli UAS, I transferred to Helsinki Metropolia UAS degree program of Environmental engineering and renewable energy. I did my work placement at Natural Interest, and have been with the company ever since. Most recently, I have been accepted to the Master’s program in Water and Environmental Engineering at Aalto University.

My professional areas of interest are water purification technology and renewable energy, in particular solar energy. I also thoroughly enjoy working with data and just playing around with numbers in general.

I am very passionate about strength training, and plan to eventually compete in powerlifting. My favorite sport is basketball. I follow the NBA and also play basketball with my pals. I like modern designs, black coffee, green tea, and have a massive sweet tooth.

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