About Us

Who are we?

We are based in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area, and we are a non-profit organization registered with the State of Texas.

Our mission is to inspire middle and high school students to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Environment Matters by nurturing their critical and analytical thinking skills.

Dr. Yosef Khan

President and Board Member

Dr. Yosef Khan is public health professional who currently serves as the National Director of Health Informatics and Analytics at the American Heart Association and as an adjunct professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Arlington and Baylor University. His educational background includes a medical degree, a Master’s in Public Health, and a dual Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Health Informatics. His work focuses on developing disease surveillance systems and understanding the trends and patterns of disease transmission.

Dr. Ali Butt

Treasurer and Board Member

Ali is a Professor of Computer Science (and ECE by courtesy) and Associate Department Head for Faculty Development in CS@VT. He is an ACM Distinguished Member. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2006. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award (2008), IBM Faculty Awards (2008, 2015), a VT College of Engineering (COE) Dean's award for "Outstanding New Assistant Professor" (2009), an IBM Shared University Research Award (2009), and NetApp Faculty Fellowships (2011, 2015).

Aziz Budri

Secretary and Board Member

  • Native of Kabul, Afghanistan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, currently residing in Colleyville, Texas

  • M.A.P.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Iowa

  • Strong believer in serving his fellow men and has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations

Dr. Basheer Ahmed

Board Member

M. Basheer Ahmed M.D. is a psychiatrist, practicing in DFW Metropolis for over 40 years. He is the former professor of psychiatry at Southwestern Medical School Dallas, Texas. He has published and presented many papers on mental health and Islam. He is the founding chairman of 3 organizations:

  • Chairman Emeritus - MCC for human services North Dallas.

  • President Emeritus - IQRA peace initiative.

  • President Institute of Medieval and Post Medieval studies.


Dr. Samir Iqbal

Chief Instructor (Currently on sabbatical to NSF)

Award-Winning Mentor, Innovator, Researcher, Teacher, and Thought Leader

Dr. Samir Iqbal is a Professor and Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Texas, USA. Dr. Iqbal is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Senior Member of IEEE. He has been a distinguished lecturer (DL) for IEEE-EMBS since 2016. Dr. Iqbal has published extensively in the areas of nano-bio interfaces at genes, proteins, and cellular levels, lab on a chip, cancer diagnostics using nanotechnology, applications of nanotextured materials in biosensing, and nanoscale devices for single-molecule interrogation / identification. He has also led work on developing high-speed imaging approaches and novel algorithms for single-cell analysis in real-time.

Nano-Bio LabTEDxUTAGoogle ScholarFellow RSC

Shakeel Muhammad

Program Director

Shakeel Muhammad is an IT Leader with 24 years of experience in the IT industry. He has a Master's degree in Computer Science. Shakeel has worked in fortune 500 companies, including Citigroup, AT&T, and HP. Currently, he works as an IT Leader and helps companies with digital transformation. At STEMatters, Shakeel is responsible for running the programs that prepare students for national and international STEM competitions.

Ali Faruqi

Program Manager

An award-winning Global Information Technology & Quality leader helping business and IT organizations successfully achieve corporate goals and objectives through digital disruption & innovation, increasing customer satisfaction with a background in strategy and execution. Track record of driving high-performance teams and digital innovation. Expertise in Agile & Waterfall Software Development, Process Automation, Quality Engineering, Systems Assurance, Health Authority regulations (GxP), Compliance, Audit, Process re-engineering, Risk and organizational cost-effectiveness.

Hanin Shakeel

Students Mentor

  • UTD sophomore in Neural Science

  • Summer 2021 intern at NASA-Langley Research Center

  • Interned at a computational biology lab at UTD

  • Semi-finalist at the Global Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge (2018, 2019)

  • 2 Provisional Patents

  • Taught at iCode West Frisco

Maria Kaleem

Students Mentor

  • Electrical Engineering Graduate from LUMS

  • Teaching Assistant at LUMS since 2018

  • Final Year Project at LUMS approved for funding by National Grassroots ICT Research Initiative (2019)

  • Received Dean’s Honor List Award for academic performance (2016-2017)

  • Research enthusiast; documenting research carried out in Summer 2020 into a publication

  • Worked as SAT instructor and Summer Middle-School teacher at National Grammar School (NGS), 2020

  • Interned as Technical Content Creator at Power Technology Research (PTR) in 2020

Esam Ibraheem

Students Mentor

  • UTA Sophomore in Electrical Engineering

  • CPhT, Certified Pharmacy Technician

  • Two times Math’s Star of the Year (2016, 2017)

  • Ranked among Top 10 out of 100 students in World Scholar’s Cup

  • Deliver personalized instruction to each student by encouraging interactive learning

  • Adopted distinctive teaching methodologies, documented all lessons, and mentored troubled students

Afaq Aftab


  • UoG senior in Computer Science

  • Backend web developer

  • Backend mobile app developer

  • Amazon FBA virtual assistant

  • Social media manager