I have joined KITE - Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship in Karachi, Pakistan - from January 2015, as their Head of Department, School of Arts and Design.
My research interests are in the intersection between art, design, technology, education, entrepreneurship and special needs - in the context of Dynamic Media, New Media, Interaction Design, Autism and learning.
I was in Boston, USA during Sep 2012-June 2014 through the Fulbright Scholarship, for my MFA Design terminal degree from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I was a visiting researcher at the MIT Media Lab, an honorary member of the MIT Think Tank and design ambassador for the Interaction Design Foundation. My educational technology project - Curious Learning, was presented at the 2014 Education Datapalooza in Washington D.C where I was invited by the US Dept. of Education / White House OSTP. My group member Aya Jennifer Sakaguchi gave a TEDx talk about our design research during TEDxBeaconstreet 2014, where I was an Adventure Catalyst in 2012.
My group won the 2014 Harvard Innovation Lab residency and was a semifinalist in MIT 2014 $100K Entrepreneurship competition.
I presented research papers at ACM CSCW 2014 and at the 2014 Harvard Graduate School of Education student research conference.
Before Sep 2012, I was a Senior Lecturer for Communication Design at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture at Karachi, Pakistan, where I represented IVS in a national consortium of universities who won the 2011 bid for the World Bank's mLab South Asia mobile education research project.
I am Pakistan's 1st & South Asia's only International self-advocate for the Autism Spectrum since 2006. I spoke at a panel at the United Nations in New York on 2nd April 2013 - World Autism Awareness Day and presented at Autism Conferences in the US, UK, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India & Qatar. I served on the Advisory Board of "Artpreneurs for Change," Pakistan's pilot Art-Therapy teacher training program. My interview was published in the 2010 book by Adam Feinstein (UK) "A History of Autism: conversations with the pioneers" and my Art was featured in the 2010-2011 Art of Autism books in the US by Debbie Hosseini. My essays on mentoring youth with Autism spectrum disorders were published in the Feb 2014 book "Been There. Done That. Try This! - An Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth" by Jessica Kingsley UK.