Mohammed Ali is a sophomore majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a passion for entrepreneurship. Growing up, his parents often mentioned the value of giving back to the community. His initial desire to major in engineering was for one reason: to be able to give back to society. Mohammed believes that engineering is the key to unlocking potential in technology and innovation, and he hopes to play his part in this field. Mohammed has been a part of the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program to Europe, visiting Germany, Switzerland and Italy. He desires to one-day work abroad and explore the various methods of engineering across the world.
3D printing is something Mohammed has always found a great interest in since high school. He is involved with the Design and Research for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab at Virginia Tech. He has worked on the DREAMVendor, a 3D printing vending machine. He is currently working on a startup commercialization of the DREAMVendor as part of the Managing Technology Commercialization class. He hopes to continue his interest in 3D printing and entrepreneurship beyond the classroom and into the real world.
Ut Prosim, That I May Serve, the school motto and a great factor in Mohammed’s life. He continues to embody the school motto by actively seeking opportunities to give back to the community. Outside of school, Mohammed is a Lab Assistant at The Frith Freshman Design Lab. There, he is able to reach out to new engineering students and assist them with their projects and ideas, including helping them in laser cutting, 3D printing, manufacturing, and more. Mohammed believes that it is important to reach out to new students coming in and helping them achieve their goals and aspirations.
Mohammed also serves as Director for Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda. During his senior year in high school, Mohammed served as the State President for Virginia Future Business Leaders of America. He founded a chapter of this organization at Virginia Tech as a way to give back to the community, and to help students gain imperative, real world skills that you cannot find in classrooms. Mohammed also has his own segment on Virginia Tech Television called ‘Tech Corner with Mohammed Ali.’ In his segment, he discusses the latest regarding global and local engineering and technology. He takes part in various organizations at Virginia Tech as a way to escape the stress of school and be able to meet the wonderful Hokies around him.