2015 Tailwind Scholarship Recipients
We recognize and congratulate these bright young Muslim students.
At the Intersection of Medicine and Technology
Name Maha Shady
School Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Major Computer Science and Molecular Biology
“After going back and forth between the fields of engineering and medicine, I find myself most excited at the intersection of the two fields. I shadowed doctors with different specialties including surgery, oncology, and interventionist radiology and felt that I fit well in the medical setting.
I have also been working on cancer research at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and I love the process of doing biology research. Those settings have a great deal of problem solving and critical thinking involved in them, which I enjoy and appreciate. However, I kept feeling like I was missing something that I didn’t find until I started taking engineering classes. In those classes, I found a new kind of problem solving and a drive for innovation that immediately caught my attention. Now, I intend to integrate engineering into my medical interests.
This summer I will continue working on my project at the Koch, but next year I will start on an engineering focused project, where I will analyze data form a new EKG monitor and use my data analysis to optimize the function of the monitor. After that I plan to pursue a Masters of Engineering degree, where I will focus on medical devices and algorithms for medical use. Then, I intend to pursue an MD/PhD degree, where I will also focus my research on medical devices and programs.
When it comes to my community I believe in the importance of supportive and collaborative communities. I am currently a Resident Associate Advisor for freshmen, which is a role that allows me to assist freshmen with their transition into MIT and through their first year. I value this role because I think that having healthy individuals is key to building a strong community and I want to take part in helping people joining MIT remain healthy and feel supported. Furthermore, I am the vice president of the Muslim Students Association on campus.
Our main goal as an MSA is to build a strong community of Muslims who can support each other in all matters social, professional, and spiritual. We have been addressing our goal through holding weekly dinners, discussion circles, and other events. I would like to have similar roles in any community I find myself part of whether as a student, an employee, or a resident.”