2019-2020 Luce Scholar

Lama Ahmad will graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in May 2019 with a degree in Social Research and Public Policy and a minor in Interactive Media and Technology. Lama is deeply invested in understanding the social implications of technology. She developed her interest during her time at NYUAD, where she serves as president of Women Empowered in STEM and established an annual STEM conference for high school girls in Abu Dhabi. Lama has volunteered with the Girls Education Network on design thinking workshops, taught creative coding classes at STEMFest at NYU, and chaired the NYUAD International Hackathon for Social Good for two years. She continued to learn about the significance of representation in technology and honed her technical skills during her two summer internships at software startups in New Orleans and Detroit. In addition to her work for diversity in STEM, Lama also worked on political engagement education for Muslim- Americans as a Congressional Advocacy intern at the Poligon Education Fund. Lama is a cofounder of Equal To, a startup focused on bringing data and technology to nonprofit organizations and women-owned startups. During her final semester at NYUAD, Lama is working on her senior capstone project investigating Twitter as a medium for propaganda in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and serving on student government as the Diversity Committee chair. Lama aspires to bridge the gap between policymakers and technologists to create a more ethical and representative technology landscape.