Emirati postgraduate student Talib Al Hinai is, quite literally, flying high. He will shortly present his drone research to members of British parliament, has just been named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Europe for this year and he still has another six years to retain his place on the prestigious list.
Mr Al Hinai, 24, has been in the UK since 2010 when he joined University of Manchester to study mechatronic engineering. Then, just a week after finishing his first-class bachelor’s degree, he began a doctorate at London’s Imperial College.
Today he spends his time at Imperial’s aerial robotics laboratory, where he works on using flying robots for aerial construction.
He is due to finish his doctoral degree in June, but first he will present his research to around 100 parliamentarians at Stem for Britain, which supports early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians – what it calls the “engine room of UK plc”.