Aysha Naveed

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering


Global Challenge: Sustainability and Urban

GLASS’ encouragement of making connections to further development is important to me as I hope to explore solving the engineering problems of today through a multidisciplinary and global humanistic approach. I find this especially important in the US, where our approach to climate change is often insular.


I am a rising sophomore majoring in Civil Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. I am concentrating in Environmental Engineering, and intend to pursue a cross-school minor in Social and Public Policy. Growing up in a mixed-immigration status family, I grew up closely involved with social and political movements, with especially close ties to immigration reform. This encouraged me to take a human-centered approach to my study of engineering, with the hope of combining technical and civic education to center underserved communities. 

Last year, I participated in the Common Good Cohort at NYU to understand partisan polarization and talk about current events in a cohort filled with diverse perspectives. I was also lucky enough to have the experience of presenting my writing at the Pathways for Discovery: Undergraduate Research and Writing Symposium, which allowed me to connect with other writers. Most recently, this past summer, I worked as an instructor for the Science of Smart Cities program at NYU’s Center for K12 STEM Education.  I am currently an involved member of NYWEA, the chapter of the Water Environment Association at NYU.

In my free time, I enjoy taking long walks and exploring new places with friends. I also enjoy painting and reading.