I am an American Muslim NASA employee who grew up in a suburb of Cairo, Egypt. I have always strived to live by three simple principles: Please God and you will please all. Education is the key to opportunity. Serve others with compassion and kindness.
If one thinks about these principles, it is very simple. You have general guidance about values and ethics from God and his books, self-determination by education, and a sense of social responsibility.
I planned on going to medical school in Cairo, Egypt, but I changed my major to engineering before starting college because of my life choices. I married at age 17 and moved to the United States.
Math was, and is, my favorite subject. I recognized early on that math provided an opportunity to find new methods for solving problems by using math models. When I came to the U.S.A. in 1983 and took my first calculus class, I could not speak a word in English, but I still made an A in the course. It was then that I knew an engineering career would be an awarding one.
I obtained a two-year associate degree in science while taking care of two lovely children. Then, I went back to school to finish my bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and went on to earn my master’s in aerospace engineering. Recently, I earned my doctoral in engineering.
I believe that NASA is a soft ‘pillow’ that allows you to dream of the impossible and then work hard to make it a reality. In 1992, during my senior year of college, I started working at NASA on the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) project. By working on this project, I gained valuable experience and fulfilled my dream to work with scientists and researchers solving real-life problems! It was a privilege to work with state-of-the-art technology and with researchers who love their work. Then, I earned the opportunity to work in one of NASA’s wind tunnels to conduct pressure and thermal sensitive paint experiments for NASA’s Aeronautic Research efforts. This proved to be a valuable experience from both a theoretical and practical point of view. I experienced the excitement of working with large CFD computer codes and climbing up the ceiling of a wind tunnel to install a velocity probe. It was great; I was like a little girl in the ‘candy store’ of NASA. Everything seemed possible.
Working at NASA is never boring. I invented and patented a system to measure the thermal conductivity of a thin film. This measurement is used in the thermal modeling of several techniques for determining boundary layer transition location on models being tested in wind tunnels. Currently, I contribute to NASA’s independent assessment process of the Agency’s Programs and Projects by working as a member of the Independent Program Assessment Office (IPAO), part of the Agency’s Office of Evaluation. I work very hard to skillfully execute my assignments and demonstrate managerial skills.
I strive to help and educate others by volunteering my time in community service through NASA programs, such as the “Day of Caring”, Engineering Week, the Speakers Bureau, Diversity Day, and after school science clubs. I spoke on the topic of Women in Islam during the Peace week at Old Dominion University in 2011, and I was a guest speaker at the Annual Luncheon for the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) to state representatives, university presidents, and new students. I also chaired the Applied Science Session for the VSGC and the IPAO NASA Program Management Challenge 2011. My profile is included on one of the NASA Posters for outreach activity for Woman in Aerospace and in a college calculus book.
I am also involved in mosque programs for teaching Islamic rules and Arabic to young children. After September 11, I contributed to my community in Hampton Roads, Va., by helping to educate and fill the gap that many Americans have in understanding the religion of Islam. I have given lectures in many churches, universities, and local school systems. I was even interviewed by the local newspaper on this topic.
By living according to the aforementioned three principles, I try to set a daily standard to challenge myself. In the same way, I challenge myself by my work with NASA, stretching my understanding and seeking to improve myself and others through helping a great organization that is NASA.
TAMMY BALDWIN, the Senator-Elect from Wisconsin, will become the first openly gay person ever elected to Senate. MAZIE HIRONO, the Senator-Elect from Hawaii, will become the first Asian-American woman in Senate. TAMMY DUCKWORTH, the Representative-Elect for Illinois, will become the first disabled female veteran elected to the House of Reps. (she lost both her legs in the Iraq War).
Tonight is one for the history books.
Tammy Duckworth, the Congresswoman-Elect from Illinois’s 8th District, will be the first disabled woman veteran in Congress. Duckworth was severely wounded in action while serving in Iraq.
ELITE ETA CHAPTER|ZETA SIGMA CHI MULTICULTURAL SORORITY, INC
When?! November 19th and 20th!
Please your sweet tooth this month by indulging in a variety of baked goods by ordering between November 4th and November 16th from any Radiant Lady, using this form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your selection.
Simply fill out the form below, choose a delivery date, and provide us with contact information so that we can finalize orders and contact you on the delivery date.
Feel free to contact us for questions regarding ingredients in the case of potential allergies.
Monday, November 19th or Tuesday, November 20th
Cookies - Available in half dozen ($3) or dozen ($5)
o Chocolate Chip
o Plain ($8)
o Topping (10)
o Regular ($5)
o Nutella ($7)
Rice Krispy Treats ($5)
o Banana Nut
o Pumpkin Spice
Payment is expected before or upon delivery, in CASH or check form, made payable to Zeta Sigma Chi. Contact us on Facebook (UT Z-Chis), or Jeanine Abuahmad, Lauren Raizada, or Jasmine Kyles for questions.
Glamour Magazine Women of the Year
Our Gold-Medal Olympians: The Unstoppables
Our Gold-Medal Olympians are Women of the Year because…”There used to be a masculinity associated with women in sports. Not now! Girls aspire to be athletes—and they look up to these women.” —tennis champ Chris Evert, 1990 Woman of the Year
It was impossible to watch the 2012 Olympic Games without noticing: This was the Year of the Woman. For the first time ever, women competed in the same 36 sports as men. Another first? More women than men made the U.S. team—and they brought back a bigger medal haul too. “There’s a mind shift that’s happening,” says Janice Forsyth, Ph.D., director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies. “Women’s bodies too delicate to box? Come on!”
These five athletes exemplify all those groundbreaking firsts: There’s 17-year-old swimming phenom Missy Franklin, a high schooler from Aurora, Colorado, who broke two world records and nabbed five medals (four of them gold); Kayla Harrison, 22, already a role model for having had the guts to take her former coach to court for sexual abuse at age 17, who went on to become the first American—male or female—to win the gold in judo; Allyson Felix, 27, who won the 200-meter sprint to become the most decorated athlete in the history of the event; soccer player Carli Lloyd, 30, who scored both goals in the gold-medal-winning match watched by a record number of people; and, of course, Gabby Douglas, the 17-year-old gymnast who was virtually unknown before the Olympics but who won gold in both the team final and the individual all-around—becoming the first African American gymnast in history to stand atop the podium. “I knew I had it in me,” Douglas tells Glamour. “I kept hearing ‘You just have to grab it. It’s right there.’ And I grabbed it.”
The girl power at this year’s Games was contagious. “It felt awesome to be a part of Team USA,” says Harrison, “but it was even more amazing to be part of such a big female movement.” That movement will only grow: “Soon people won’t see anything unusual about half the athletes being female,” says David Wallechinsky, president of the International Society of Olympic Historians. “We’ll take it for granted: Of course they are. To me, that will be the real achievement.”
The Elite Eta Chapter of Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. presents Women’s Health Day 2012
As an organization that appreciated November being noted as Movember, a month to raise awareness, support, and funds for male survivors of prostrate cancer and the many organizations and challenges that continue through this month, we would also like to educate our community about the gender specific cancers that affect women, besides breast cancers.
Cancers such as uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancer affect more than 47,000 women yearly. We invite women and the men of the UT and Austin community to join us for a short presentation, as well as information on how women can take the preventative measures to ensuring that annual screenings and personal choices can further the chances of early detection and adequate treatment of these cancers.
There will be refreshments and free t-shirts!
When: Wednesday, November 7th 7:15pm
Where SAC 1.118
• Monday, September 24 “You’re off to Great Places!” (Goal setting discussion/tips…where will you be in 5, 10 or 15 years?) Time/Location: 7 pm, MEZ 1.202
• Tuesday, September 25- Multiculturalism? What is that?-
(Short video/clip with discussion questions on culture)
Time/Location: 7 pm, SAC 1.106
•Wednesday, September 26-
Staff appreciation cards for Ronald McDonald House Austin
(Grab lunch w/the Z-Chi’s while making cards for RMHC Austin staff members)
Time/Location: 11am-2pm in SAC 3.112
•Thursday, September 27- “Oh, the Z-Chi’s you’ll know”
(Get to know Z-Chi’s with cupcakes!)
Time/Location: 8pm in SAC 3.112
•Friday, September 28- Dinner
Get a chance to mingle with the Sisters in a stress-free environment with great food! (We will provide rides)
Time: 7pm, Mandola’s
•Sunday, September 30- Interviews (Business Casual Attire)
Whether you’re in the throes of fall rush, waiting until a later term to start the pledging process, or still unsure if Greek life is for you, you’re starting to think about this decision now, and it’s stressful.
Joining a sorority is a sizeable commitment—both socially and financially. We asked the experts about what you need to consider when choosing if you should go Greek.
A sorority is one element of your college experience.
“It’s important to ask yourself why you’re joining a sorority,” says Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out. “Are you doing it because you think you should, or because there’s something about it that speaks to who you are and who you want to be at college? Have a thoughtful conversation with yourself about it. College is a marathon; you don’t want to sprint too hard at the beginning and run out of energy. Remember what it was like to start high school; it takes time to make friends. Just because you join Greek life, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to make your experience easier. Everyone has a process and a transition to make.”
Pledging can offer networking opportunities.
“Sororities are a great segue to get involved with other organizations on campus,” says Kara Apel, the managing editor of UChic.com, an online resource for college-bound women. “You often will find out that a sorority sister is already involved in an organization you’re interested in joining. You’re also able to network with upperclassmen in your major to get advice on the best classes to take, and have study buddies. Don’t underestimate the power of having sisters in your career of choice. They can not only offer advice, but let you know when an internship or job opportunity comes up.”
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