Education: The University of Texas at Austin | BS, Biomedical Engineering
“Doctors are the ambassadors between science and humanity.”
Aydin Zahedivash is an ambassador. The son of Iranian immigrants living in America, he learned early on to navigate two different cultures.
As he grew, Aydin discovered a talent for technology. He also began to identify role models like Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, who used his racing fame to advance social justice. “He had an intense understanding of his craft,” explains Aydin, “but he never forgot the issues facing the less-privileged.”
The example of his role models led Aydin to bioengineering with a focus on improving and saving lives. He is already working with a team of researchers to help automate diagnostic decisions, providing physicians with tools for better management of cardiovascular disease. He also saw ways he could help during student observations at Dell Children’s Medical Center. He met doctors who expressed frustration with technology. “I’ve used this as my motivation to merge technology and medicine,” he says. “I’ve devoted myself to rethinking the role of computers as aids to help us make better data-based decisions about care.”
In Dell Medical School, he sees a similar dedication to rethinking the way doctors work and to bridging gaps — in Aydin’s estimation, what it’s all about.
“Doctors,” he says, “are the ambassadors between science and humanity.”
Achieved: Fluency in Persian, Turkish and English
Won: The UT Space Mission Design Challenge