In The Hilla #6 Kendra Allen | The Journey to a PhD - In The Hilla

Episode 6

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21st Jul 2020

#6 Kendra Allen | The Journey to a PhD

Kendra Allen is a PhD student in Energy Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee and is the National Finance Chair for NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers). Prior to doctoral school, she received her bachelors in Biological Systems Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and received he masters in Bioplastics and Biocomposites from Iowa State University. In this episode, Kendra talks about her journey to a PhD as well as managing PhD life while managing partnerships for NSBE and a multi-million dollar operating budget.

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In The Hilla
In The Hilla (الحلة‎ - Neighborhood)
A podcast that educates/informs folks from marginalized communities about different career avenues/possibilities.

When I originally had the idea for my podcast, I was thinking of issues within my community. It is rare to see engineers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and equity owners in low income neighborhoods. At the end of the day people are a product of their environment and you can't be what you can't see. Therefore, I created this podcast to serve as an example. Through this platform, I hope to educate/inform folks about the different avenues/possibilities that exist. And more importantly, break down how it was done as well as identify the challenges that can be expected.

I started doing interviews for my podcast back in April and started posting content on July 2020.

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Ahmed Ismail

Ahmed is a first generation immigrant from Sudan and is currently an industrial engineering student at Iowa State University. He is a driven and entrepreneurial minded student with a diverse set of experiences that include working as a software engineering intern and mechanical engineering intern, studying abroad in the UK, conducting research for the U.S. Dept of Energy, lobbying for the U.S. Dept of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and serving on the national board for a multi-million dollar non-profit.