STEM Punk Minute: Mowlana Ahmed

Ahmed Mowlana, electrical engineering student

Ahmed Mowlana, Electrical Engineering

Name: Mowlana Ahmed

Major: Electrical Engineering
School: San Diego City College

Why did you choose a STEM major?
I am very good at math and physics, and I wanted to make toys that would help get kids excited about science.

Have you ever considered leaving your STEM major?
I started out as a mechanical engineer, but electrical engineering is a better major for my goal of making educational toys. I never considered leaving STEM, but I have added a communications minor. I like talking to people!

What keeps you motivated to stay in STEM?
I find smart people cool. I find science exciting.

What is your favorite study habit?
I watch online science videos. I also do bullet point reading before class so that when I go, I have questions to ask right off.

Sonjiala Jackson-Hotchkiss

Sonjiala (SON-ja-la) is currently pursuing an MS degree in chemistry at UC San Diego. As a member of the Bridges to Baccalaureate Program at San Diego Mesa College, her research in organic chemistry includes the synthesis of fatty acid esters of vitamin C that will be tested for their ability to inhibit glycolytic enzymes. In an additional research project she uses analytical chemistry techniques to determine the composition of World War II era California pottery.

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