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Golnoosh Kamali

“If you don’t see someone that looks like you in some way, then you may not think that I can do the same thing. So, I think representation is very important.”

Whiting School of Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering, PhD 2020

Technology Development Associate at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

Golnoosh‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss how Golnoosh’s dad inspired her to pursue a PhD and a career in academia and what drew her to the field of electrical engineering, the ways her current role at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) has exposed her to the real-world applications of STEM research and technology commercialization and how she plans to use this experience to enrich her teaching in the future, and her take on the importance of self-introspection, mentorship, and finding your community of support.

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Zan. Zendegi. Azadi. The mantra of the brave, resilient Iranian women leading the current revolution. I come from a line of strong women (2 pictured with me—my mom and sister). As a proud first-generation Iranian American, I am privileged with the best of both worlds. I grew up with the rich and ancient culture of Iran while enjoying the freedoms America provided for my family. Freedoms taken away from the beautiful people of Iran 44 years ago by a cruel dictatorship trying to silence and oppress. But they’ve had enough and are rising up. Specifically, women are standing and screaming at the top of their lungs. Most of my family still lives in Iran and it’s hard watching from afar. Small gestures like sharing awareness or just wearing a shirt show my solidarity and help me feel connected. We are all waiting for the day when there is a free Iran. Women. Life. Freedom.

Dr. Reza Kamali. Dr. is one of the many titles Reza Kamali holds, but the one he’s most proud of and I’m most fond of is my dad. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve met and since I was little, I wanted to be just like him, PhD and all. My doctoral journey was not easy, resembling a roller coaster ride with twists that leave your stomach in knots. Whenever it all seemed too much, the thought that I’d soon become Dr. Kamali kept me motivated. This picture captures that day. It is one of my proudest moments, standing next to my father, after I had just been hooded and officially followed his legacy. The moment Dr. Kamali was able to call me Dr. Kamali, all the hardships were worth it. I am forever grateful that I get the honor of sharing this title with my father and the bigger honor of being his daughter.