About Me

I was born in Pati, a small town in Central Java of Indonesia. I have one old brother, one old sister and one young sister. When my father was young, he was an army, but after my brother was born, he is as civil servants in local government. To fulfill the needs of daily life, he is also as the sugar farmer, whereas my mother is a housewife. To help the family financial, she managed a small business to sell the rice in traditional market. In our family, the work is not regarded as sheer necessity, but as a defining feature and rewarding aspect of life. I enjoyed a childhood. I love my parents so much.

When I was a teenager, all of my schools are located in the district of Pati. During Upper Secondary School I majored in the physical natural sciences, which was my area of interest. This interest led me to choose engineering as course in university, and eventually as a career. My family was very supportive of my choice and it was this support, added with the academic rigour, as well as the opportunity to accomplish something practical and useful in society that finally motivated me to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. I was fortunate to be able to secure a place at the department of mechanical engineering at Diponegoro University in Semarang, Indonesia. After undergraduate education, I was briefly employed in the commercial sector. However, drawn by my interest in education and research, I applied to become a lecturer. At the Bandung Institute of Technology, I was fortunate enough to be able to enroll in a Master’s programme under the Postgraduate Scholarship Program by Indonesian Ministry of Education. And this time, I got Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan (MEXT) for Doctoral program.

I am interested in several activities, such as reading, traveling and badminton. For correspondence, I usually use this following email address, muna_096@yahoo.com.

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