PhD Student, Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Projected Graduation, May 2022
University of Michigan
M.S., Engineering Management, 2014
The Ohio State University
B.S., Industrial & Systems Engineering, 2009
Senegal 4-H / Positive Youth Development Program
Fatima’s research will assist in developing the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) component of the 4-H Positive Youth Development program in Senegal, West Africa. The agricultural environment will be leveraged to teach STEM while empowering the youth and increasing their opportunities for economic wealth. Fatima’s graduate studies advisor is Hannah Scherer.
Pan-African Robotics Competition
Fatima serves as the lead coordinator of the Pan-African Robotics Competition (PARC). In the past few years over 850 middle school, high school, university students and mentors have participated in the annual robotics competition. Each year participants are given challenges based on real-world topics relevant to the sustainable development of Africa. Teams are judged and awarded based on written and oral presentations, as well as robotics performance.
Fatima facilitated the Principles of Peer Leadership as a teaching assistant for Dr. Austin Council. She led a recitation class comprised of undergraduate students that held leadership positions on campus. The course explored theories and principles associated with leadership, motivation, teamwork, and being a positive influence among peers. The format for the course included lectures, videos, podcasts, readings, writings, and group discussions to allow students to engage in various ways of learning and communicating. This was a hybrid course consisting of online and in-person sessions.