On Engineering in Crisis: Relieving Stress with Information

Over the next few weeks, we invite you to join us for a short-form blog series on how SWE Members are navigating the world amidst COVID19.
On Engineering in Crisis: Relieving Stress with Information

Today, we are pleased to feature Kazi Tasneem from Vanderbilt University. These blogs will showcase how different SWE members are engineering their lives during this fluid and ever-changing environment.

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Your Name & Affiliation: Kazi Tasneem from Vanderbilt University

Kazi Tasneem

Engineering Discipline: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

 

How do you handle stress and maintain a work-life balance right now?

Lack of information increases my anxiety. I handle my stress by knowing all the facts that cause it. Accepting the situation, focusing on what I can control, and trying not to emphasize on what I can’t control – are the three things I follow. I try to dedicate regular working hours for my research and the rest of the time I dedicate to cooking, exercising, connecting with family and friends and of course sufficient sleep.

Do you have any tips for studying or working from home? 

I am a Ph.D. candidate working on computational research. So, my regular working schedule hasn’t changed much. I maintain regular meetings with my research team and work with a plan or set mini-deadlines for myself. I do have a dedicated study space that helps a lot.

How do you maintain community with your fellow SWE members, section, or affiliate?

I have been actively involved with GradSWE and serving as WE Local Programming Liaison. We are connected via a Slack channel and we also have a monthly conference call. I have also connected with Asian Connections Affinity Group through social media.

Engineers will be part of the critical solution to the global crisis created by COVID19. How are you engineering in crisis today?

I am working with Advanced Material Pandemic Taskforce (AMPT). This is a global taskforce coming together to use the advances in material science for the prevention and management of global health emergencies. I am collaborating on creating and managing the database of advanced material related to COVID 19, including but not limited to, scientific work on advanced materials and/or commercially available products or prototypes under development.

Advanced Materials are key to the next generation of tailorable, effective pandemic solutions. The AMPT network of scientific labs, advanced material companies, testing facilities, health organizations, and innovation consumers will provide a path for fast-tracking current Advanced Material solutions, offering a road-map for the next generation of solutions and countermeasure methodologies to come. I am really excited to be a part of the team – contributing to mitigate a crisis like COVID 19.


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