Meet KAUST new student: Alyah Alfageh

By Taruna Rapaka

Alyah Alfageh is an electrical and computer engineering graduate who joined KAUST this fall from Effat University, Saudi Arabia. Alyah joined KAUST as a M.S. student and member of the Secure Next Generation Resilient Systems (SENTRY) Lab under the supervision of Professor Charalambos Konstantinou.

Alfageh first came to KAUST as an intern and was highly impressed by the University's research environment and facilities. She believes that KAUST will enhance her skills as a researcher.

What was your main subject during your bachelor's degree? Why did you choose it?

My main subject was digital systems and microelectronics.

I chose a degree in electrical and computer engineering because it supplemented my interest in computer engineering and its many intricacies. 

When did you first become interested in electrical and computer engineering? What are your research interests?

I studied electrical and computer engineering because of an online course I watched while at high school. I recall it to this day; the course discussed computer architecture and its advancements over the years.

Because engineering is the perfect discipline that focuses on multiple areas that enrich people's lives, I knew it was the perfect major for me by the time I graduated high school.

What do you do in your spare time? What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about education, so I try to volunteer at orphanages and teach, especially science, to girls. As I am a big pet lover, I enjoy volunteering for pet shelters. I try to join charities that raise awareness about animal cruelty.

I also like to reading about history, meditating and stargazing.

Can you give a piece of advice to students who plan to pursue a M.S./Ph.D. at KAUST?

From my personal experience, I recommend that students know their passion and constantly assess and develop their skills. This, I believe, will be extremely beneficial as KAUST is a great place filled with intelligent and passionate minds.