We interns helped Mike to boost his company and the 3D printing industry, and in return, he guided us through this process,” Ali says. “I’m grateful that we have been able to network with him and learn from such an innovative industry.”

The industry may be innovative but Station1’s goal is to make sure its workforce is also socially impactful. The higher education nonprofit aims to address key issues in STEM through its learning model, which is used in the Frontiers Fellowship. This learning model integrates STEM with humanistic fields to create more inclusive, ethical and sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on society.

As a budding engineer, Ali believes that his field should consider the impact is has on society at large.

“Technology is created and developed for humankind, by humankind. We cannot expect innovation to happen without impacting people’s lives one way or the other,” Ali says. “I truly believe that those who work in the STEM field have the duty to not only make people’s lives easier, but to unite them in their creations as well.”

Ali isn’t the first UCF student to participate in the Frontiers Fellowship. Computer science student Camila Acevedo participated in the 2019 cohort while computer science alumna Leslie Recendiz ’22 participated in the 2018 cohort.

To learn more about the honor, visit the Station1 website.