“Little of everything. As we cannot be universal by knowing everything there is to know about everything, we must know a little about everything, because it is much better to know something about everything than everything about something.”
– Blaise Pascal
Yasmin Pascual Khalil was born in Oman and raised in Saudi Arabia by her beloved parents. Being of mixed background, Filipino and Egyptian, she has always been open to new cultures and experiences. Yasmin has lived in various places, including Egypt, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Malaysia. She recently obtained her Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University. Yasmin hopes to work in the oil and gas field in the near future and continue her Computer Science degree at the University of the People. Being a great advocate for knowledge sharing, she emphasizes on the importance of having access to open source courses. Yasmin is a firm supporter of edx, Udacity, coursera, and the Saylor Foundation, all of which believe in making education accessible and free for everyone.
As an undergraduate student, Yasmin researched extensively on the Liquefaction of Natural Gas and produced an undergraduate thesis titled “Optimal Operation of C3MR Configuration for Liquefaction of Natural Gas”. She was also a part of design team that focused on the Production of Maleic Anhydride (MA), where she was in charge of simulating the process, conducting a market survey and economic evaluation, and designing a membrane separator and heat exchanger.
During the summer break of 2013, Yasmin did extensive research for the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology where she utilized Machine Learning algorithms to create predictive cheminformatics models for the biological activity of chemical molecules.
Currently, she is a freelance journalist with work published in Nikkei Asian Review, Nature Middle East, & Asian World to name a few. She also works part-time as a webmaster for Peninsular Property Agent. In the past, Yasmin worked at AIESEC Malaysia as a Local Committee Vice President of Talent Management, interned at the Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology as a Cheminformatics intern and Braathe Enterprises as a Communications intern, and volunteered virtually at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (ICheme). Yasmin has also covered three events for Toonari Post: Borneo Jazz 2012, Borneo Jazz 2013, and Asia Music Festival 2013.
In a nutshell – Yasmin is a work driven Chemical Engineer and Journalist with strong leadership and communication skills; particularly interested in drug discovery initiatives, journalism, chemical engineering opportunities, and oil and gas research.
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