#STEMSpark, Beautiful Minds and Beating Hearts: Meet Toronto native Ayman Nadeem of Khan Academy.

By Dorothy Nixon on September 13, 2015 under Engineering Math Science STEM Spark

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Ayman Nadeem is a firm believer in social justice. It is fitting, then, that the University of Waterloo engineering graduate (2014 Class Valedictorian) has recently joined the future-gazing team at Khan Academy as a product manager.

Ayman, who is also a rapper and fitness enthusiast, spent the summer of 2014 in Istanbul, tutoring children at an orphanage. She chronicled the experience in her blog.

The vibrant, philosophical young woman, a daughter of Pakistani immigrants, exchanged thoughts with hEr VOLUTION about her own years in school in Toronto struggling with a learning disability and about her evolving ideas on education and technology.READ MORE

#STEMSpark: Meet Malika Meghjani, Roboticist and Anita Borg Fellow

By Dorothy Nixon on April 8, 2015 under Engineering STEM Spark


It was an actual spark of electricity that sparked the interest of Montreal resident Malika Meghjani in a STEM career. Meghjani was curious about how electricity from an outlet can be transformed into numbers, ones and zeroes, that lead to life-like images on a screen. “I found it exciting”, says the 29 year old PhD student, “to see how electricity is transformed into something so beautiful.”

The native of India went on to study electrical engineering at Osmania University in her home town of Hyderabad just so she could learn all about transistors, capacitors and the other mechanisms that make a computer work. Still, while completing her undergraduate degree, she felt there was something missing. She wanted to see things move!

That’s why she can be found today in Montreal, specifically at the Center for Intelligent Machines (CIM) at McGill University, working on a PhD in the future-gazing field of robotics.

At McGill, Meghjani works with “an amazing and supportive team” and a terrific supervisor, Prof. Gregory Dudek, on a long-standing project to design multi-robot systems to help scientists study marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs.READ MORE

#STEMSpark: Meet Eva Martinez – Aerospace Engineer

By Dorothy Nixon on February 18, 2015 under Engineering STEM Spark

Martinez_2829Eva Martinez’s introduction to STEM came out of the blue, quite literally, at the tender age of 5.

Her family was immigrating from Spain to Toronto by plane and she was invited up to the front.

“Just seeing the pilots at work and all the activity in the flight deck and being out over the Atlantic was, somehow the start of me wanting a future in aviation,” said the RMC and Canadian Forces engineering graduate, who is currently in charge of Program Management Excellence at UTC Aerospace Systems Landing Systems, Toronto.READ MORE