Who’s Aditya Prabaswara?

Aditya Prabaswara, born May 19th, 1989 is 100% Indonesian. I’m the eldest child of two extraordinary parents, Agung Nugroho and Belinda Prawati. I’ve spent 18 years of my life living in the bustling city of Jakarta, 4 of it living in Bandung – an unforgettable city that will always have a special place in my memory. Lived from 2012 to 2014 in Daejeon, South Korea to obtain a master of science in electrical engineering. For some reason the crazy lab hour in South Korea didn’t discourage me from taking a PhD in electrical engineering. Currently living in Saudi Arabia, doing a PhD in electrical engineering specializing in semiconductor optoelectronics. Arabic vocabulary consists of yalla and habibi.

Day to day work includes reading scientific papers, semiconductor material growth, microfabrication, and trying to plead with the MBE not to break down.

During free time, I love to browse reddit, read a good fantasy novel, or pick up my trusty a6000 and start shooting pictures. Used to bike everywhere, but apparently Saudi weather and outdoor cycling is not that compatible.


25 thoughts on “Who’s Aditya Prabaswara?

  1. Ixtad

    @Abhy whoop sori baru nulis balesan sekarang..
    Tadinya gw mo nulis di about me nya blog lo, tapi di blogspot g bisa >_<. Tar gw comment di postingan lo deh

  2. mike

    Can you survive in KAIST with just English? I’m interested in a one-semester exchange program to KAIST, but I don’t speak one word of Korean.

    1. Hello Mike,

      Students, professors, and staffs inside of KAIST can speak sufficient english so you don’t have to worry when you’re inside the campus. Korean people in general, however, usually can’t speak english although they know some basic conversations. If you’re going for a 1 semester exchange program, some basic survival phrases backed with gestures will do just fine. I travelled around Seoul with next to zero Korean before coming to KAIST, and everything turns just fine.

      Hope this helps!

      1. ahaha well in that case it’s time to use the survival Korean. Just learn how to say ‘please give me this’ and ‘how much’. As for the rest just go point at the foods :p

  3. hay adit,
    I’m evhy, I majored Electrical Engineering . Wah, you very lucky can enter KAIST. Hope you can graduate as you wish.
    I’m so interest with AI program (computing school) and nuclear & Quantum engineering in KAIST. But I confuse how to contact professor. May you have suggestion for that? when you apply are you also need to contact one of professor? I also want to read some of professor journal/published research. But, I don’t know where i should download it. Can someone outside KAIST student can access the KAIST online library?

    I’m looking forward for your help.
    Thank you so much πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Evhy, nice meeting you. Are you by chance Indonesian? If so it might be easier to use Indonesian when contacting me haha. You can find the professors’ contact details in their own respective web pages. Usually in each department they provide the directory listing for all of the faculty members. Regarding research publications, you can try inputting the professor’s name into google scholar and they’ll give you the link for his/her research publications.

      Hope this helps πŸ™‚

      1. evhyajah

        makasih banget adit. sekarang bisa liat dokumentnya lewat google scholar.
        it’s help a lot. Sekali lagi makasih ya πŸ™‚

  4. rjjfdn

    Hey Adit!

    I am RK, and I applied MS Computer Science at KAIST just last month. Since then, I’ve been reading your blog (even those which aren’t KAIST-related) because apparently only few KAIST international students have a blog and are updating it frequently. Yours has been a very informational one. Now I know some things to expect if ever (and hopefully) I get accepted.

    In line with this, if you are not busy doing something and you are thinking of writing a new blog post (but you don’t have a topic in mind), maybe you’d want to write about what you did right before entering KAIST. You might want to answer questions like:
    – why did you decide applying at KAIST?
    – what did KAIST let you do after their admission decision?
    – do we need to get ourselves ready for an interview?
    – do we need to prepare documents and stuffs before going to South Korea?
    – did you get an email before the admission decision date (an update on your application perhaps)?
    – tips you want to share

    You might have posted some of these things already, but maybe it was written in your native language. Even a rough Google translation could not help me. Or, if you don’t want to write about these stuffs and are kind enough to answer it, please do so by replying to my comment.

    Oh, and I’ve read that you already graduated from KAIST. Congratulations! It must have been tough (or not?) for you, but you made it!

    Thank you very much!


    1. Hi RK, thanks for commenting!

      Since you said that you’re applying straight to computer science, I’m assuming that you’re applying for graduate program. My memory prior to getting accepted to KAIST was kinda hazy, some I probably won’t post a single post dedicated to that period lol. As for some of your questions:
      1. KAIST is one of the top 100 engineering universities in the world, and they do intensive research activities in South Korea. That was enough reason for me at the time.
      2. There was no interview when I applied. I already secured an advisor during my application process though.
      3. You’ll need a student visa, so you’ll need to prepare the necessary documents for that. If you get accepted, KAIST will send you a checklist of the things that you need to bring.
      4. The only time they send an email to me was when the TOEFL’s result didn’t arrive on time due to ETS being lazy, only providing air mail as a mean of sending TOEFL certificate! Other than that, they won’t give me any hints about whether I got accepted or not no matter how much I pestered them.
      5. Tips: typical to studying abroad to any other countries, you’ll first experience the honeymoon period where everything seem awesome. Then you’ll start to feel the difference between your home culture and Korean culture, and you might start to doubt your decision. Then you’ll eventually accept that Korean culture is different anyway, and learn to adapt and get along with it. Just enjoy the ride, you’ll manage through it.

      Hope this helps

      1. rjjfdn

        Thank you very much, Adit! Your answers helped me a lot.

        I feel you about your TOEFL problem. I actually emailed KAIST before I submitted my documents regarding my TOEFL result that might not arrive on time. They let me send a screenshot of my ETS account. I actually haven’t sent an email since then because it might hurt my chances (maybe they don’t like annoying applicants). After what you have said, I will try to send them an email.

        Luckily, I also did secure an adviser before sending my application. He replied after two weeks and never replied since then. I don’t know what this supposed to imply.

        Anyways, thank you very much for giving time in answering my questions. I wish you all the best in your future career! Good luck with your PhD application!

      2. rjjfdn

        Can I ask a follow-up question?

        This is about the KAIST scholarship. Did you apply with a scholarship? Is 300,000 KRW per month enough to cover your living expenses there? If not, what value is considered enough to cover your expenses while living in South Korea?

        Again, thank you!

      3. yeah I applied using the scholarship. 300.000 is actually the minimum, you can get more depending on how you negotiate with your professor. You can survive with 300.000 KRW, yes, but you’ll have to live with a tight budget. If you wish to travel around Korea and go have some fun every once in a while, then I recommend a minimum of 500.000 KRW per month. Try to negotiate with your advisor.

      4. rjjfdn

        I’ll definitely do that IF they decide to accept me. πŸ™‚ Thank you again for your help! Best of luck in everything that you do!

  5. Abhijat Verma

    Hi Adit. I’m an IB student In Norway and I want to apply to KAIST for the undergraduate programme starting in 2015. Could you give some advice for grades, test scores and the interviews? Could you give me examples of what qualities they want in a student? Btw, I’ve lived in Korea for about 7 years(in Ulsan) in my childhood so I can read hangeul and I know some basic phrases and a bunch of useful vocabulary but that’s about it. Your help will be immensely appreciated!!

  6. natasha

    Hai, mau nanya2 ttg kaist nih, sbnrnya untuk orang indonesia susah gak sih keterima disana? Paling takut sama interviewnyanih.__. Ada tips2 gak biar bisa keterima disana?

  7. Thanh

    Hello, did you graduate Ph.D. in Saudi Arabia? I’m studying master degree in Korea now. Working time in Korea is really terrible.

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