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Hard work pays off for Wata

March 03
12:04 2013

Joji Wata (left) graduated with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Korea Maritime University. With him is Fiji’s ambassador to Korea, Filimoni Kau.

By Maika Bolatiki

24-year-old Joji Vulibeta Wata has just graduated with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Korea Maritime University (KMU).
For the Naceva, Cicia, Lau genius anything is possible as he now pursues his PhD degree at KMU.
Soon after his graduation, he was offered a PhD scholarship by the Korea Maritime University.
His undergraduate thesis was titled, “Design and Performance Comparison of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine and a Cross Flow Type Wind Turbine”, Mr Wata said he had to design a blade for a 10kW horizontal axis type wind turbine. He then had to compare the performance of this turbine with a cross flow type wind turbine.
A former student of Marist Brothers Primary School and Yat Sen Secondary, Mr Wata says his passion for science began from a very young age.
“At that time, I had not made a connection between mechanical engineering and renewable energy. In fact, ever since I was small, almost everyone I met would ask me why I did not want to become a doctor like my parents. While the actual answer is more elaborate, I would just say that I made the decision when I was young and it would stay that way.”
When he graduated Fiji’s Ambassador in Korea, Filimoni Kau was his guest. The Fiji Embassy in Korea has given its support to all students studying in Korea.


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