My name's Mohammed Ibrahim Ali. I'm from India. I go to the University of Illinois at Chicago where I am a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering candidate.
What got you interested in sustainability?
Being born and raised in a place where petrol is literally cheaper than water, the concept of depleting fossil fuels was not something that was attention grabbing, up until my college. The idea that we can take care of earth and stop the people from conducting the most stupid experiment, i.e. where we are currently trying to test the limit of our ozone cover, is something I want to put my resources and knowledge into. Also, everything is much 'cooler' in the field of sustainability.
What sustainability, energy, and mobility issues are important to you?
Sustainability should be a major part of our lives. One of the issues which is important to me is awareness. The impact of not being sustainable and how drastic the changes will be to earth, should be promulgated.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
No exciting projects as of now, but I am currently doing research on the use of super-capacitors in electric vehicles and the control of electric drives.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I am looking forward to a career in the field of sustainable energy, be it distribution, transportation or urban planning.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
I have always been a petrol-head. Since the powerful hybrids and electric vehicles have started to flood all major super-car manufacturers, and this year's SISE's main topic is transportation, I just had to apply. The topic of sustainable transportation is of sheer importance, not just because I am curious about electric vehicles, but also because of the fact that transportation is one of the biggest contributors to the dumping of bajillion tonnes of harmful gases in the environment. Since there are ways to make that sustainable and SISE provides an opportunity to learn and work with individuals who share the same interests, I just couldn't find a reason not to apply.
What are you most looking forward to doing in the city?
I have stayed in Chicago for a little over a year now, and I am still exploring it. But, a dip in the north avenue beach would be perfect for the weather now. I would recommend to drive a bike around the city to best explore it, and drive a yacht in the river. Also, make the most of the stay, check out magnificent mile for shopping. Gotta try the Kunafah (Arabic sweet dish) from Jaaffer Sweets, which is in Kedzie Ave (its in uptown).
Do you like cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
Yeah, I had an Ankara. Demanded lots of attention though. 😝