Ahmed selected to attend leadership symposium

March 2, 2018

Junior Faizan Ahmed, a bioengineering student, was one of five total from the University of Louisville selected to attend the 2018 Leadership Symposium for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Academic Consortium in February. Student representatives and their leadership advisors from all 15 ACC universities attended the consortium held at Duke University.

In order to qualify for the conference, which focused on courageous leadership, he had to use his experience thinking outside the box to help stand out from a robust applicant pool. Last fall, Ahmed applied along with many other students, utilizing his real world experience during the application process. To prepare, Ahmed took opportunities to go out into the community, riding along with police officers to help identify safety concerns on Belknap Campus, and pulling from his own experiences serving as the President of the Freshman Speed School Student Council.

Once he was selected to attend, Ahmed made certain to brush up on the topic of the event, taking opportunities to catch up on his studies to assure his continued success. There, Ahmed was inspired by what he found at the conference, and is galvanized to pursue his career in medicine, possibly as a surgeon or in an emergency room.

He notes of his experience, “Courageous leadership for me is being able to speak out your ideas, given the fear of what other people might say. It’s resiliency. The other students that I went with were very accomplished. It was nice to be around high caliber students. At the conference I meet high achieving people too. Coming back, it’s inspired me to think, what more can I do for this world.”

Having lived in several countries and fluent in three languages, Urdu, Punjabi, and English, Ahmed attributes part of his own success to his multiculturalism. It’s through his relationships with different cultures that he feels has honed him to remain empathetic to differing viewpoints, the cornerstone to educational investment in bioengineering and medicine; making a difference on the people around him is a critical concern for Ahmed.

“Something that attracted me to engineering is that I think they’re taught to think differently,” Ahmed said. “I tell my non-engineering friends that ‘you are taught to think outside the box, but engineers, they have no box.’ It presents a big and intimidating problem, but it teaches you how to break those problems down into smaller problems, and identify them. I’d like to apply that to medicine.”

An author, Ahmed published the book Road to Success prior to attending the Speed School, that attempts to decipher success by examining the lives of extraordinary individuals in an effort to apply that knowledge practically. Since the release of his book, Ahmed has given talks on building success, finding opportunities to give back to the community by serving as a tutor for Kentucky Refugee Ministries.