The Physics Department is excited to announce our first Applied Physics graduate, Shaker Abrahim. Shaker was kind enough to share his experience with us:
"Moving from Saudi Arabia to the United States was a big decision for me and hard at the same time because I could not speak a word of English. My journey in the US began in Boston, where I learned English. Later, I moved to Tucson to pursue my academic career in Physics at the University of Arizona. Through my experiences in Boston and Tucson, I developed a strong interest in business, entrepreneurship, and industry--especially the automotive industry. I decided to change my major from Physics to Applied Physics to move me towards my dreams. Moreover, I was able to find a summer internship in Tucson through TIMESTEP, a professional development program for undergraduate STEM majors. My internship taught me a lot about working in industry as an Applied Physicist and helped solidify my desire to work in the automotive industry and, eventually, start my own business."
Prof. Srin Manne, advisor for the new major, was delighted to follow Shaker's progress and commented, "We are happy that our new BS in Applied Physics came along just in time to help launch Shaker's new career direction." Once again, congratulations Shaker on your success, and best wishes for your next adventure!