Zahra Davoudi

PhD student, Iowa State University


Never give up.

What do you do?

As a PhD student, the main focus of my job is doing research. I try to find solutions for unsolved problems or improve the current solutions. I am currently working on finding a way to improve Inflammatory bowel disease treatments and save the quality of life for more than seven million people worldwide.

Why did you choose this field?

Helping people was always a motivation for me to choose my major. I was good at math in high school and it was my passion. With no doubt, I knew that I should choose one of the engineering majors. The engineering major that was in intimate relationship with people and their health was biomedical engineering and it was definitely my first choice.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

More eagerly learning and approaching challenges in life is what I missed. I always thought that I must do that and I was not completely enjoying the moments. If I knew more about future, I would have learned everything with greater passion and be more thorough in learning.

Why do you love working in STEM?

STEM gave me motivation for working. I work as a scientist who knows mathematics and study engineering while improving technology. What I love most is that working in STEM gives you a specific personality that you share with other people work in STEM and it is unique.

Best advice for next generation?

Never give up. I know how difficult it is to pursue what a major in STEM and you will encounter lots of barriers but, beautiful days will come and you will enjoy what you learned in STEM, I promise you.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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