I am a rising senior at the University of Alabama majoring in Environmental Engineering with minors in Mechanical Engineering, Public Policy, and Computer-Based Honors. I am a first-generation Sudanese-American and hope to pursue my graduate degree at the intersection of space technology, water and food security, and global development. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and guitar, taking photos, and hanging out with friends and family.
This summer, I had the opportunity to research at the MIT Media Lab in the Space Enabled research group, where I worked on the utilization of space and satellite technology in advancing justice in Earth's complex systems. I have also been able to work at the City of San Fransisco as a design engineering intern during the previous summer. At my home institution, I am an undergraduate research assistant in the Surface Dynamics Modeling Lab. I enjoy a wide range of auxiliary activities, including writing articles, learning more about public policy, and contributing to work on equity issues.
I am interested in a holistic scope of work, focusing on the improvement of global public health and equitable development. In order to address these issues, I aim to apply my skills in the instrumentation and design of remote sensing missions, data analytics of large datasets, and navigation of the policy sector. I also want to continue working to broaden access to scientific education for more diverse communities and actively communicate science with the public in relatable ways.
While pursuing my graduate degree, I aim to be engaged in both industry work and with my communities both in the Unites States and Sudan, and elsewhere. I look to work at the intersection of innovation and implementation, guiding my projects through to fruition and use by people at-large. Overall, I see
as important avenues for this vision work with large companies, start-ups, municipalities and government, and multilateral organizations alike.