Mahsa Badami wins The Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies

May 12, 2017

2017 Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies, Mahsa BadamiMahsa Badami graduated from Shiraz University in Iran in 2008 in the Computer Engineering, Artificial Intelligence Masters program. Mahsa's interest in artificial intelligence and computer engineering stemmed from an early fascination with the thin line she saw between robotics and human life, which ultimately led her to pursue her doctoral degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

Under the direction of Dr. Olfa Nasraoui, Mahsa joined the Knowledge Discover and Web Mining Lab where Mahsa says she has learned about herself as a researcher, gained confidence in her abilities, and honed skills like communication and positivity. Mahsa has specifically appreciated Dr. Nasraoui's guidance in helping her become a strong female scholar in a male-dominated field and hopes to use the guidance in her future career. Quoting from  her first interview with Dr. Nasraoui, Mahsa writes, "My dream job involves research, innovation and an environment which includes a lot of communication among trainers and trainees."

Mahsa has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the European Journal of Artificial Intelligence and International Journal of Applied Soft Computing. She has also shown her commitment to her department and to the campus community by serving as chair of the Speed School of Engineering in the Student Government Association, the director of finance for the Graduate Student Council, and the president of the Iranian Student Organization at the University of Louisville. Additionally, Mahsa has sought to inspire young middle-school and high-school girls to pursue careers in computer science and engineering through her presentations for the 2015 Digital Media Academy, Girl Career Day, and Engineering Expo Day.

Mahsa interned for the innovation team at Nationwide Insurance, where she had a chance to contribut to one of their top innovation areas — Smart Homes and Internet Things (IoT) — through collaborating with several business partners on commerical claims by extracting insights from data in various forms. Mahsa has accepted a position as a data scientist at Apple where she hopes to continue learning and sharing knowledge with her colleagues, solving real-world problems, creating a sense of community, and meeting community needs through her work in technology.