ali ahmed | Studio
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About Ali

 

hath thee a dream? then sleep some longer, and come with me 

I am a current senior at George Washington University, receiving a B.S. in Product Design. My work includes NASA Space Suit Design, Autodesk Office of the CTO, and Bragi.

current work

 
 Space Suit Design / NASA

Space Suit Design / NASA

 Vikasa / MakerBot, GW University

Vikasa / MakerBot, GW University

 Spotify playlists / graphic design

Spotify playlists / graphic design

 Ordinary People / personal novel

Ordinary People / personal novel


Ali combines his formal education in mechanical engineering + his passion for poetry, story, and philosophy, to tackle human-centric problems as an industrial designer.


PASSION

Every character, word, and punctuation, in a great poem, must contribute to the entirety of the piece. Every square inch, internal shear, external material, and mechanical property of a product, to be great, must contribute to the product’s whole. This requires immense attention to detail, but is the only way to ensure a product’s perfect wedding between form and function.

Having lived in 7 countries, Qatar, UAE, the United States, Korea, Aruba, Germany, and Puerto Rico, Ali hopes to use technology to tap into the quaint cultural ways - and to continue to humanize technology.

His design endeavors are specifically targeted to sustainable designs in both industrial design and industrial manufacturing, to craft simple, harmonic, and culturally aware designs.

INSPIRATIONS

Late Grandfather, Walt Whitman, Zaria Forman, Philippe Starck, Dieter Rams, Jonathan Ive, Leonardo Da Vinci, Prophet Muhammad, T.S. Eliot, Rumi, Joseph Conrad, JungHoon Lee, Mahatma Gandhi

 
 
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ALSO NOTE

Ali is currently writing a historical fiction novel, based on his parents’ raising during the 1971 Bangladeshi Genocide; the intention is to expose the tragedies of the little-known conflict, from the innocent take, given from the lives of two children living in the region.


Work Experience

NASA, Industrial Design Intern, Space Suit (Mars)
Jun - Aug 2018

Autodesk, Industrial + Interaction Deign Intern
Jun - Aug 2017

Bragi, Industrial Design Intern
Aug - Dec 2016

Autodesk, Applied Innovation Intern, Office of CTO
Jun - Aug 2016

Recognition

2018 GWU Charged Up Competition, for Marisol
2018 Autodesk x GE: Design for Robotics Competition, for Quarc
2016 engineering.com article feature
2016 Compass Fellowship, mentor
2015 George Washington University, New Venture Competition - semi-finalist, 2015

Education

George Washington University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
2014 - 2019

American School of Doha, High School
2011 - 2014

American Community School of Abu Dhabi
2006 - 2011

Skills

Design: 3D Design, Manufacturing, Story telling, Writing

Digital: Autodesk Fusion 360, KeyShot, Alias, SolidWorks, Dynamo x Revit, Adobe Fuse

Manufacturing: CNC 5-axis, injection molding, 3D printing (FDM, SLS), manual metal, manual wood, wood lathe, foam modeling, origami + Bauhaus paper modeling, soft-goods stitching

Programming: Processing, C, Swift, Xcode, Python, Matlab, Arduino
2D: After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop


Design Skills

 

email / aliahm1208@gmail.com 
phone / 001.202.553.8568