What is your next adventure?
I’ll be moving to Ohio to work at GE Aviation as an aerospace engineer, focusing on aerodynamics. Before that, I hope to squeeze in as much fun before I start working full time.
What about your next adventure are you most looking forward to?
I’m really excited to start my new job and move to a new place. I live with my family, so I’m excited to furnish my own apartment, shop for a car, and really be my own person.
Did you have any previous co-op, internship, or research experience in this area?
I researched with Prof. Jerry Seitzman in the Ben T. Combustion Lab where we modeled alternative jet fuel for five different types of fuels and my part of the project was to vary different parameters and then see if it would hold up to a traditional jet fuel because the end goal would be to ideally replace jet fuel with this alternative fuel.
Working with Prof. Seitzman was a complete life changer because it gave me so much more self-confidence and a lot of value. Having a mentor that's been working in the field for more than 40 years and who values your opinion, walks you through problem solving, and forces you to think critically – it was a game changer for me.
After that project I did some research with Dr. Mark Costello, working on the urban wind energy project, where we set up different wind turbines and see which one would be ideal for an urban setting.
How did your educational experience at Georgia Tech help you to achieve your goals?
I feel like graduating from Georgia Tech has given me the opportunity to start over. I was walking down the street the other day and it hit me that I’m at a place I never thought I’d be. I’m from Pakistan and I transferred to Tech from Georgia State, so I’ve had my own set of obstacles studying aerospace. The challenges have been overwhelming at times, but I was able to find research and I was able to use that experience to achieve my goals. I’ve picked up so many tools and skills through research that it has set me up perfectly for my new job.
There are a lot of opportunities at Tech. Whether it’s through internships, research, or networking at the career fair, there are so many opportunities to find your career path.
What advice would you give to an underclassman who would like to follow the same path?
Keep pursuing your end goal and keep going. I’ve realized that if you keep working towards it, all the pieces will fall into place and it’s worth it. I have gotten so many things done that I didn’t think was possible by having that mindset. Even if it's a small thing like getting into a certain class, when it seems impossible just keep going for it and don’t be afraid to reach out to people who can help you.
Don’t stay silent. If a class isn't going too well seek advice, meet with an advisor, or talk to your professor, just stay invested in your goal and don’t stay silent.
Remember, everyday may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.