Fadumo Yusuf

From: Jijiga, Ethiopia  Current City: Minneapolis, Minnesota
"There were a lot of opportunities [And] challenges. The idea that I could become anything I wanted to was mind-boggling to me. The idea that there are scholarships out there that are specifically tailored to help people that might not be able to afford school was incredible."
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Fadumo Yusuf is a Somali immigrant, raised in Jigjiga, Somali Region of Ethiopia. Ever since she was a child, she has been curious and passionate about experimentation and new experiences. When Fadumo was fourteen, her family learned that they would be resettling to Minnesota. While her family spent their final days in Ethiopia packing, saying goodbye to friends, and preparing for the move, Fadumo was determined to study for her final exams even though they were scheduled for two days after her flight. Fadumo was ready to take her exams just in case her flight did not take off. After arriving in Minneapolis, she persisted in her high school classes and adjusted to the new education system, determined to go to college. A high school teacher noticed Fadumo’s aptitude for STEM, and encouraged her to join a club focused on invention, where Fadumo designed a low cost HIV testing device. Upon graduating from high school, Fadumo received seven of the ten scholarships she’d applied for, including the Gates-Millenium Scholarship, and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of St. Thomas, and her Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in mechanical engineering with a minor in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Now, Fadumo works for a medical device company in Minnesota where she works with a team of engineers to bring new technologies to the market. Fadumo also serves on the board of directors of a local STEM school, and in her spare time, she writes short stories and poems, and mentors young girls pursuing STEM.

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