Hala Mohammed


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Academic Interests

Computer Science & Math

Fun Fact

I have never seen snow!

Growing up, I was the kid who kept changing their answers to the famous question that is “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I wanted to be a scientist one week, an engineer the next and an artist too. It was difficult for me to choose a single thing I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I believe that computer science is a very versatile field and can be applicable in any field thus I was very interested in it.  Coming from an underfunded school,exploring the numerous support and resources at Duke was a very exciting experience for me. I was eager to challenge myself and explore my academic horizons. In high school I was the founder of an interact club that advocated for mental health. I was the editor-in-chief of a science magazine called Sciencious where I worked with people from all over the globe to make science accessible and spark the interest of STEM in young minds. I was also involved in volunteering for youth empowerment and raising awareness about important issues such as period poverty and sexual and reproductive health among the youth.

Academically, I want to study computer science with a concentration in either software systems or machine learning and AI. I hope to integrate computer science with neuroscience and the health field to create a more accessible system for people with disabilities in education and related fields. 

At Duke, I am involved in the Mary Lou Williams center, I am a trainer for the Ignite program with the Biomedical Engineering department and SPIRE. 

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

What I like about Duke is the amount of resources that are available to help people when you need it and the opportunities to explore your academic curiosity as well. The people are very collaborative and passionate about what they do. I love how I have the opportunity to learn something new everyday even if it may not be remotely related to my field of study. The gorgeous campus is also something worth noting!

Hala Mohammed
Hala Mohammed