ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.
“Being a Millennium Fellow gives me this excellent opportunity to empower young adults who have the potential to transform the economy and lifestyle of their respective communities. Having closely witnessed the consequences of over-saturated job market, I am eager to help more people opt for unconventional career paths that give them financial freedom, sustainability, work-life balance, and flexibility. Instead of looking for a dream job, why not make one for yourself and for many others like you?”
Millennium Fellowship Project: Recycled Road
Recycled Road is an initiative that aims to repurpose plastic waste to building roads. When building roads, the materials of construction required are concrete, sand and petroleum derived bitumen. In Pakistan, we have limited resources of workable plants of petroleum refinery from which bitumen can be extracted. So to compensate the needs, we are compelled to import bitumen product from various countries. By using solid plastic waste for this purpose, we will improve waste management and provide cost effective infrastructure development to cities, suburbs, rural areas, and slums. Throughout the Millennium Fellowship duration, our goals include:
Patent our idea so we may make it commercial later and protect the integrity of our research
Conduct clean up drives in slum area of Afghan residents to collect the raw material and prepare sample for our lab-scale pyrolysis.
Make a prototype of bitumen that can be extracted from solid plastic and compare it with the actual bitumen used in road construction.
Pitch our research work to potential sponsors and collaborators to gain sufficient funding for road construction in the chosen slum area.
About the Millennium Fellow
Talha Naveed is a senior year Chemical Engineering student at the National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. His strong technical aptitude is perfectly complemented with his expertise in business writing and STEM tutoring - the skills he used to launch his freelancing career during college years. Besides academics and work, Talha loves to read fiction, spend time in nature, meditate, and go out for hiking.