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Meet Ola Salahaddin Alfahal Abdalsalam

Written by: Leslie Lestinsky

The month of March is Women's History Month. Throughout the month, NDEE is shining the spotlight on its women engineers.


Hometown: Khartoum, Sudan

What made you want to pursue EE?: I grew up around two parents who were enthusiastic engineers and they got me curious about technology trends from a very young age. I aspired to be someone who sets technology trends rather than just using them.

Where did you receive your bachelors degree from and in what?: Sudan University of Science and Technology in Biomedical Engineering

What is your research focus?: Biophotonics and Biomedical Imaging, specifically diffuse optical imaging for cancer research.

Apple or Samsung?: Sony! But between the two, I will choose Apple over Samsung.

One word to describe a day without electronic devices: Scary!

What's an electronic or electrical concept/idea you'd like to see invented and become a reality?: Roll laptops and self-driven cars.

Three electronic devices you can't live without?: My phone, my laptop and a coffee machine.

A famous engineer or scientist that inspires or inspired you: Britton Chance, a pioneer in using infrared light to characterize tissues and tumors as well as an Olympic gold-medalist.

Your favorite book: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini

When you're not busy with EE, do you have a hobby that you enjoy?: I enjoy music, movies, exploring different cuisines and outdoor activities. I also like being involved with the different student clubs such as gradSWE, SPIE and GOA.

What do you love about EE at Notre Dame?: I like the diversity of expertise among professors and the culture of constructive criticism among students.