AIMS South Africa 2006
Nano-technology and Applied Physics and Engineering
Dr Hind Ahmed, from Sudan, held an Honour’s degree in in Physics from the University of Khartoum, before graduating from AIMS South Africa in 2006. She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Material Physics from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She also has a professional Master’s in Micro/Nano Electromechanical System from the University of Trento in Italy and completed the prestigious Graduate Studies Program at the Singularity University at NASA AMES in California, USA.
She has worked as a physics tutor at UCT, an engineer researcher at LANDI RENZO in Italy, and a teaching assistant at both AIMS South Africa and the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. She completed her PhD in solar energy at the Dublin Institute of Technology where her work involved developing and characterising plasmonic luminescent down shifting layers for enhancing solar cells efficiency. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin.
Her overall interests are in Nano-technology and Applied Physics and Engineering, with focus on how to use these technologies to address humanities biggest problems, such as the creation and access to energy, food, and water.
“If I was not an AIMS student, I wouldn’t have achieved all of this. Before I came to AIMS to study I only wished to pursue postgraduate studies in Physics and maybe do a Master’s. After AIMS I got to know the person I want to be. My experience at AIMS developed not only my academic background but developed and changed my personal thoughts; I discovered my potential and what I am capable of. AIMS helped me to shape my purpose in life.”
“I am passionate about Africa and I believe Africa’s challenges require collective passion, vision and action. The AIMS environment is making that happen – it is where talented, like-minded Africans can share ideas, explore and scale them. I can’t wait to finish my studies and go back to share my knowledge and thoughts about Africa, as I strongly believe the solution to Africa’s challenges lies with African’s themselves”
Hind also believes that one of her main goals is “to make a success of my life so that young African girls can have a role model to look up to and strive to empower themselves.”