Mahsa Badami

Mahsa Badami

Doctoral computer engineering and computer science student at the University of Louisville

When Masha Badami applied to the University of Louisville for her doctorate in computer engineering and computer science, she told her future adviser, Dr. Olfa Nasraoui, about her "dream job."

That job would merge "research, innovation and an environment which includes huge communication among trainers and trainees," she said. And U of L could help her find that job, because it's at the "convergence point of science and industry." 

Now close to the end of her program, Badami says she's more inspired than ever to pursue that dream as a data scientist for Apple Inc. She's prepared, thanks to her work with world-class experts at U of L and side-by-side with industry through a nine-month internship with Nationwide Insurance, where she got to contribute to innovative projects involving smart homes and the Internet of Things. 

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"I have been collaborating with several business partners, such as commercial claims to help them extract insights from data in various forms," she said. "I truly enjoyed sharing my knowledge in real-world problems as well as learning from my peers."

Badami was inspired to enter this field after watching Steven Speilberg's "A.I." as a teen. Like the characters in the film, she dreamed of making a difference. 

"Now when I look back, I can tell that at that age I was so captured by that concept," she said. "It built in me a hope, a dream that I could, someday, be one of those who change the world."

I highly recommend having some experiences at industry. Even if you plan to continue your career in academia, understanding the real-world problems has such a huge impact on forming your career. It helps you to learn and use new skills and propose solutions which can be used in solving real world problems. In addition, industry has a different working place environment, it helps you to build connections as well as experiencing different set of social skills.
— Mahsa Badami, doctoral student