Our Mentors

STEMatters mentors coach and inspire middle and high school students to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Environment Matters by sharing their accomplishments and exposing them to the cutting edge research and trends in various STEM fields.

Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad

Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist and a Teaching Fellow at Cambridge Graphene Centre, The Department of Engineering at The University of Cambridge. His research work is based on Space-based technologies, and he has won several awards for his research work. In addition to research, he teaches at the University of Cambridge and mentors numerous Masters and Ph.D. students.

Dr. Umer Hassan

Dr. Umer Hassan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Core Faculty Global Health Institute at Rutgers University. Dr. Hassan’s research efforts have been focused on developing bioengineering solutions for global-health applications, including point-of-care (PoC) biosensors development for disease diagnosis.

Dr. Waseem Asghar

Dr. Waseem Asghar, PhD. is an Associate Professor at Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Asghar held postdoctoral appointments at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (July 2012-April 2014) and later at Stanford School of Medicine as Research Fellow. His research focuses on a broad area of biotechnology, including point-of-care diagnostics, microfluidics, biosensors, early cancer detection, and reproductive technologies.

Dr. Syed Dawar Sajjad

Dr. Syed Dawar Sajjad, Materials Science Ph.D. from University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), 2015, is currently a Scientist at Dioxide Materials. Before that, he worked under Dr. Fuqiang Liu in the Electrochemical Energy Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington as a Research and Teaching Assistant. At Dioxide Materials, he has played a vital role in developing and commercializing the Water and CO2 electrolysis and the anion conducting membrane that sits at the heart of the technology.

Dr. Aeraj Ul Haque

Dr. Aeraj Ul Haque earned his doctorate in agricultural and biological bioengineering from Purdue University. He is a patent agent with Foley & Lardner LLP. He offers an interdisciplinary background in mechanical, agricultural, and biological engineering, having a broad knowledge of business development, entrepreneurship, patent analysis, patent drafting, and IP due diligence. He is extensively experienced in biomedical diagnostic technologies, agricultural technologies, biosensors, nanotechnology, detectors, microfluidics, battery technologies, medical devices, automotive technologies, including emission systems and power generation.