Mariam Ismail
Dr. Mariam Ismail
Lead Materials Engineer, Viridis 3D

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Biography
Mariam Ismail, Lead Materials Engineer at Viridis3D LLC, a Massachusetts-based ceramic 3D printing start-up, received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2011. Throughout her work at the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing Center (NASA-sponsored Lab, Northeastern University), she developed a novel method for the synthesis of vanadosilicate AM-6 for enhanced visible light photocatalysis. Her work resulted in 10 scientific journal publications and over a dozen national and international conference proceedings. Throughout her career, Dr. Ismail has been the recipient of several awards, including the American Institute of Chemists award for Outstanding Graduate Student in 2011, and the YCC/NESACS-JCF/GDCh Exchange to Germany Program in 2009. In 2014, she was invited to attend an MPAC-hosted event at The White House celebrating Muslim Woman Emerging Leaders in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Dr. Ismail is also adjunct faculty to the Chemistry & Physics Department at Simmons College, Boston, MA, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate chemistry courses. Mariam loves hiking, running, and spending time with her family and friends.
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Education
PhD, Chemical Engineering, 2011, Northeastern University. BS, Chemistry, 2006, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
Latest Questions
  • Sophie, Boitsfort

    Added Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Hello, I am very worried about my future. I applied for chemical engineering but I don't truly have a passion for it and I feel like if I do go on to study it it will be extremely stressful and since I don't really enjoy it it will be hard to dedicate. I'm very scared engineering will be too hard as well, I recently had an interview in a good university but felt so out of place, everyone around me was a genius. However I know I want to study something in science but I don't want it to be a pure ...
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    Mariam Ismail, Viridis 3D
    Answered Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:22 PM
    Hi Sophie, 
    
    Let me first start off by saying all your fears, others feel too! College can be intimidating at first and it's normal to feel things like "I'm not creative enough" "Everyone around me is a genius". But what you need to realize is that you ...
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  • Vidhi, Mumbai

    Added Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Is it that chemical engineers suffer from allergy due to exposure to strong odor of chemicals? I would really like to know it as people often warn me about it? Even my parents worry about it. Please give me the proper guidance soon.
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    Mariam Ismail, Viridis 3D
    Answered Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:33 AM
    Hello Vidhi,
    I wouldn't necessarily say chemical engineers suffer from allergies due to exposure of strong chemicals. Most companies are well equipped with proper chemical hygiene, so as long as you're wearing proper personal protective equipment you ...
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  • Mariah, East Lansing

    Added Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I am a junior. I really love math and chemistry, but I really want a creative career. I want a career that has to do with fashion, movies, tv or something showbiz related. What possible career could I go into, as an engineer? Thanks
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    Mariam Ismail, Viridis 3D
    Answered Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 9:28 PM
    Hi Mariah!
    That's great that you're enjoying math and chemistry. You can do so much as an engineer. There are several companies that deal with cosmetics and fashion that need engineers and scientists expertise. Maybe you could intern at one of those ...
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