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Dr. Saima Akhtar is the Associate Director for the Vagelos Computational Science Center (CSC). 

Saima is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in architecture and software engineering. She comes to us most recently from Yale University where she was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Computer Science. There, she managed cultural heritage preservation projects between the fields of computer science and architecture. This year, she served as a design coach at the innovative NuVu Studio school in Cambridge, MA. As a trained social scientist and programmer, she is driven by critical questions at the intersection of technology and design -- whether she’s building user-friendly applications or researching and writing about the ethical implications of integrating technology into our everyday environments. Saima graduated with degrees in architecture from University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.) and MIT (SMArchS), and majored in psychology and architecture at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She also completed a certificate in Full Stack engineering from the Flatiron School. 

We are delighted to have Saima be part of the CSC!