Ziad Ali, from Oak Ridge, North Carolina, is pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford School of Engineering. At North Carolina State University (NC State), he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering. Ziad aspires to combine electrical engineering with neuroscience, in order to treat and understand neurological disorders by developing analog circuits and signal processing systems to interface with the brain and mimic its functionality. He also aims to help underprivileged children in STEM subjects. He was a student researcher at NC State in the iMIST Lab and the physics and electrical engineering departments, and at Columbia University in the Fowler Memorial Lab. He interned at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. At NC State, he founded the education-oriented hackathon PackHacks and created the App Development Club, teaching students how to create their own mobile apps.