Sarah Ahmad, 21
Growing up, Sarah Ahmed was never interested in computer science or engineering. While deciding a field for her university admission, her brother advised her to profusely go through all the programs and courses they offered. Thinking that programming will be interesting, Sarah opted for Software Engineering at NED University of Engineering & Technology.
This year, Sarah’s project I-Interpreter – Hearing Impaired Communication Interpreter – ranked second at the Asia Pacific Region [APR] Design Competition for People with Hearing Disorders [DCHD] organized by Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), held at Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21st November, 2015. The system is an alternative to voice calls for deaf and dumb and lets the users send their messages using Sign Language instead of voice.
When she started the project she did not know she will be working on Kinect and bringing global appreciation for Pakistan. Moreover, during the Summer Incubation Program at Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Sarah also developed a Hybrid Mobile Application for Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC). The application was effectively developed and is currently being used by the Sindh Police. She has also been a programming champion in a Speed Programming Contest held at ITEC (NED UET’s flagship event for Software Engineering and Computer Science students). Apart from this, Sarah has also delivered freelance Android and iOS on Upwork and eLance.
Sarah Ahmed acknowledges that her family provided moral support when she was under a lot of pressure and is also grateful to graduates of NED University who helped her during the incubation cycle. Sarah starts her final year this January and plans to pursue I-Interpreter as her final year project to produce further enhancements and make it commercially viable.