Imagineer: A rocket scientist who is trained in the social sciences to understand the future of work. I study the relationship between and among adaptability, risk taking and value-making. I’m interested in expanding my work to understand the influence of the future of work on engineering practice and curricular innovation. My approach integrates analytical methods of data science to address changes in systems and society. Studies of the future of work aim to develop the human-technology partnership, augmenting the human performance and illuminating the socio-technological landscape.
I recall watching an episode from the mini series "From the Earth to the Moon." It was about designing the Apollo Lunar Module (LM)—the vehicle that landed humans on the Moon. I decided to explore the development of the LM in my graduate studies. During my study, I felt the urgent need to develop new research skills to study human-systems interactions as a social phenomenon where “the technical” plays a major role.
When plans of the human space program went under review in 2009, I observed the work of the Review Committee and its Chairman, Norman Augustine. It was clear to me that more important than addressing the “how” of the program was addressing the “why.”
I had the chance to meet with Norm. eventually. He encouraged me to think of engineering education as a system. There was no better place to purse my ideas other than ASU; a knowledge enterprise that is built on the model of a New American University.
My journey allowed me to develop a cross-disciplinary background. I enjoy working on—and spanning —the boundaries between diverse domains of knowledge: technical and non-technical. At the same time, I value the fundamentals; I see no substitute in the rapid development of technology to mastering the basics. The common thread that runs through all my work is a deep passion to study, research and design the engineering mobilization of social and economic change—overcoming another form of gravitational force.
I enjoy Arabic calligraphy, beautiful sounds, stargazing, birdwatching, and cooking! I have been practicing Karate for ten years now. I’m grateful for the experiences I have had and the great people I have met. I look forward to meeting and working with extraordinary people. Whenever I have the chance, I share what I learn on this website.