Fellow:Abdallah J. Matta
Abdallah J. Matta, colloquially known as AJ, is a University Innovation Fellow with a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Hailing from a long line of engineers and entrepreneurs, leadership and ingenuity are in his blood. Testing as an INTP on the Myers-Briggs personality test, he is extremely analytical and prefers to observe a situation from afar before jumping in. In his free time, he can almost always be found tinkering with something. His hobbies are as constant as a random number generator; constantly leading him to pick up new trade skills in addition to his engineering background. While most hobbies begin and end on a whim, a few have stuck around throughout the years. The most notable of these include blacksmithing and working with open-source electronics (obviously). While attending UAB, he was a co-founder of the UAB MakerSpace and an employee of the university. He hopes the university continues to introduce new technology to students that otherwise would never have the opportunity to use it. He hopes to work in the aerospace industry and aid in the next generation of innovation in space exploration.