Alia has been setting records and making history starting with reading at 8 months old. Her IQ was determined off the charts. She went from 4th grade to college, earning a B.S. in Applied Mathematics summa cum laudeÊfrom Stony Brook University at age 14, the youngest female in American history. She then earned an M.S. and Ph.D. (ABD) in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel University. Alia is the youngest ever to receive fellowships and awards from the Dept of Defense, NASA, GAANN and NSF. Also multi-talented, Alia has been performing with orchestras since her solo debut at 11 with the Mozart Concerto where she was billed a music prodigy. She has also performed with musicians as diverse as Lang Lang and Smash Mouth. She enjoys performing as an orchestral member, chamber musician and soloist equally and is venturing into crossover, jazz and fusion. As a Juilliard School student she was mentored by some of the world’s greatest musicians and is the winner of several celebrated awards. Alia has done groundbreaking work towards developing nanotube-based cellular probes for use in medical research. These will allow the ability to measure the reaction of nano-materials injected into individual cells. She is also interested in a venue to develop non-invasive optical blood glucose meters for people with diabetes. Alia tries to be a role model for young people, especially girls by breaking the stereotype that scientists are nerdy. She is also passionately interested in helping improve the quality of STEM education in this country. Alia wanted to help the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, so when she learned that Southern University at New Orleans, a historically Black public college, was the only college still operating out of trailers, she accepted a temporary position there as her way of giving back. While continuing her research efforts long distance with Konkuk, she has been teaching four courses at SUNO and living at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, also devastated by Katrina. In May Alia will head for South Korea.
Employment Brook University, Dept. of Advanced Technology Fusion. Seoul, S. Korea 2008 - 2009 Southern University at New Orleans, Asst. Prof. of Math and Physics New Orleans, LA 2008
Education Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA Ph.D. studies in Materials Science and Engineering 2004-2008 M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering 2006 Stony Brook University, NY B.S. summa cum laude in Applied Mathematics 2003 Youngest female to receive a bachelor’s degree
Fellowships and Awards Guinness World Record as Youngest Professor, 2008 Delegate to Asia Society Young Leaders Summit, Tokyo, Japan 2008 Global Human Resources Forum, Invited Speaker, Seoul, S. Korea 2008 Accepted: NDSEG (Dept. of Defense) Fellowship, Dean’s Fellowship, 2004 Awarded: GAANN, NASA, NSF (hon. mention) 2004 AFRL, Edwards Air Force Base, research rotation, 2004 Golden Key International Honour Society, Top Senior Award 2003 Selected Undergraduate and Graduate Activities Served as Panelist, Graduate Fellowship Workshop, Drexel University Drexel Materials Characterization Facility talk: SERS in Nanotechnology Superuser for the Raman Spectrometer at the Drexel Characterization Facility Presented at the Celebration of Undergraduate Achievements four years, including projects in Applied Math, Physics, and two Clarinet performances VIGRE research grant and Presidential Scholarship Scientific Articles and Conference Presentations Sabur, A.; Havel, M.; Gogotsi, Y., SERS intensity optimization by controlling the synthesis of faceted gold nanoparticles. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 2008, 39, 61-67. Sabur, A.; Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Carbon Nanotube Based Cellular Probes. AZojono 2007, 3. Mattia, D.; Korneva, G.; Sabur, A.; Friedman, G.; Gogotsi, Y., Multifunctional carbon nanotubes with nanoparticles embedded in their walls. Nanotechnology 2007, (18), 155305. Layton, B.; D’Souza, A.; Zeiger, A.; Sabur, A.; Dampier, W.; Does collagen’s triglycine repeat length explain an interdomain transfer event from a eukaryote into Trichodesmium erythraeum? Journal of Molecular Evolution, 2008, 66 (6)539-554. Five conference presentations and posters at annual meetings of the Materials Research Society, the American Chemical Society, and the Optical Society of America, three as presenting author Motivational Speaking 15 talks given; 8 to K-12 and college students in the US, Korea, and Malaysia, and 7 as a keynote or invited speaker to youth groups, educational forums, and professional organizations such as the Global Human Resources Forum, the National Council of Youth Organizations in Korea, and the FIRST Robotics Championship. Selected Music Activities, Performances, and Awards Clarinet studies with Ricardo Morales (Principal Clarinet, Philadelphia Orchestra) for 8 years. Additional studies with David Weber, clarinet pedagogue, and other world renowned musicians. Activities: Attended Juilliard Pre-College and Mannes Preparatory School (scholarship performing seat).
Participated in many ensembles, including as principal clarinet and member of the New York Youth Symphony for three years, the Stony Brook University Orchestra for two years, and the Clarinet Choir of the Korea National University of the Arts. Awards: Named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist (the youngest ever), a C.W. Post Tilles Scholar at age 9, and winner of the Greenwich Village Orchestra and Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium competitions. Performances: Five solos with orchestras, including the Mozart Concerto at age 11 with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra. Others include performances with Lang Lang and Smash Mouth, numerous solo and chamber concerts, and organizing a “World Peace” event at Drexel University to perform “Jerusalem” with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Curtis Institute. Interests Tae Kwon Do, Traveling (US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, including two Study Abroads), Origami, Reading Media Appearances and Articles (partial listing) Including only full features and profiles. TV: Today Show (twice), Fox News (3 times), CNN (twice), Lou Dobbs Tonight, Good Morning America, The View, Montel Show, Rosie O’Donnell Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Martha Stewart Show, Lou Dobbs Tonight (3 times) Fox Redeye, Teen Kids News (twice), KBS (Korea) Documentary. Newspapers: New York Times (3 times), Philadelphia Inquirer (3 times), Washington Post, New York Post (7 times), Newsday (7 times), New Jersey Star-Ledger, The Independent UK, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chosun Daily News, AP (3 times), University World News, UPI, Reuters. Radio: NPR, BBC, CBC, Voice of America, Arirang, WCBS (many), WINS Magazines: Science, Spot On, Glamour (twice), Cosmopolitan (twice), Teen People, Time Out NY, Time for Kids, Jezebel.com