“It required me to convey my technical research effectively to an audience that might not be familiar with the subject,” she said.
“Condensing my entire idea into a three-minute presentation was certainly a daunting task. The experience was truly transformative, pushing me to adapt and refine my communication skills to connect with a broader audience.”
She remains dedicated to advancing her research, making a meaningful impact on the world and is passionate about driving change through innovative research and practical applications. Ali has an undergraduate degree in biotechnology from Government College University, in Lahore, Pakistan.
“Our commitment extends beyond just research. It's about taking action, making a difference and actively contributing to a more sustainable world. I'm proud to continue my pursuit of public speaking and research, all while maintaining a fulfilling family life. This balance has been possible thanks to the incredible support of our esteemed faculty, my classmates and the UW system,” Ali said.
“I'd like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Mitra for his invaluable guidance and support throughout my research journey. His expertise has been instrumental in shaping my passion for sustainable food packaging solutions,” she added.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for edible ice cream packaging
In addition to Ali’s success, graduate students Priyanka Shah, Vraj Shah and Neha Patil won third place in the poster presentation for “Developing Edible Ice Cream Packaging Containers Using the Combinations of Whole Wheat Flour, Rice Flour and Corn Flour.”
Their vision in designing sustainable and innovative food packaging was to reduce waste made by the ice cream industry, minimize environmental impact and enhance the consumer experience by producing an edible packaging solution.