Board of Directors
DR. BASHEER AHMED
Basheer Ahmed celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. A BSc graduate of Osmania University, Hyderabad Dr. Ahmed holds an MD from DOW medical college, Karachi, Pakistan.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Canada and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine New York and was the professor at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. He is the former professor of Psychiatry Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. He is in practice since 1985.
He founded the Muslim Community Center for Human Services (MCCHS) in 1995. MCCHS was established to provide Medical and Social Services through Al-Shifa medical/dental clinic to the indigent residents of Dallas/Fort Worth area irrespective of Race, Religion, and Country of Origin. It also provides Mental Health Services and Counseling to victims of Domestic Violence.
He established the IQRA peace initiative to bring together all denominations and sects of Muslims as one Ummah.
He founded the Institute of Medieval and Post Medieval Studies(IMPMS) to disseminate information about the Islamic civilization’s contributions to world civilization.
Recognitions and awards
In addition to his many lauded personal and professional accolades, he has earned many awards for his work in the field including the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, Outstanding Contribution in Medicine recognition from the Tarrant County Asian Chamber of Commerce, Community Services Award from Daughters of Abraham, Recognition Award for Medical Services from Pakistan Community Services, Humanitarian Award from the Tarrant County Medical Society, and the Community Services Recognition Award from the Islamic Society of North America ISNA, Peacemaker of the year award, by Dallas Peace Center and Achievement award by Multi-Cultural Alliance of North Texas. More recently he was awarded ”The diversity beyond boundaries Award” from the Greater Dallas Asian Chamber of Commerce in Dallas Tx and a ”lifetime achievement award” from American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee”
Dr. Ahmed has been featured in Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in the World. More recently he was named “A Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who” for his leadership in the psychiatry and community services.
Mr Aziz Budri
Dr Yashua Sadiq
Dr. Yushau Sadiq, an Associate Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, specializes in Islamic Studies, Islamic Law and African religions. His published articles include: “The Application of Islamic Law in Nigeria: A Case Study,” in the Islamic Studies Journal, 1992; “A History of Islam Among the African American Muslims of Richmond,” in The Muslim World, 1994; “Muslim-Christian Relations in Nigeria: Causes of Tension,” in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 1994): “Islam in Africa,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions, ed. by Elias Bongmba (2012); a book on “An Insider’s Guide to Islam,” Indianapolis, 2010; “Islamic Communities in the United States: Issues of Religion and Political Identity,” in Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Ibigholade Aderibighe and Carolyn M. Jones Medine, UK: Palgrave, Macmillan, 2015, pp. 258-274; A History of the Application of Islamic Law in Nigeria, Palgrave, Macmillan, April 2017.
Mr Mirza Faizan
Mirza Faizan is a world renowned aerospace scientist and inventor of Ground Reality Information Processing System (GRIPS), which is an innovative system to prevent runway incursion, runway excursion and detect foreign object and debris on runways in real time. He has vast experience working on aerospace, defense and mission critical systems including missile targeting and tracking systems. For his innovation GRIPS, he was nominated, finalist and awarded various national and international awards likes: ‘Business Leaders of Tomorrow Award-2011’ by Economic Times and Ernst & Young (top 5 in India among 50,000 nominees, evaluated by the Jury panel which includes Innovation Advisor to the Prime Minister of India), ‘Airline Industry Innovation Award – 2013’ (Winner), ‘IHS Jane’s Air Traffic Management Award – 2014’ (shortlisted among top 4 runway safety technologies developed globally) by World Air Traffic Management Congress. His research and algorithm on predicting collision between random particles in semi-controlled environment is highly commended by scientists from NASA, Pentagon-AMRDEC (Army Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center) and US Air Force. His expertise is often sought by global R&D communities. He is nominated and worked as Judge for the prestigious ‘R&D 100 Award’ which is called as ‘Oscar of Invention’. There he evaluated latest innovations from top federal research labs in US, including NASA and other labs across the globe.
In recognition of his remarkable mentoring in STEM and enabling kids to Think, Create and Innovate, he was awarded 'Apollo Science Teaching award 2017' (an award given in honor of NASA's Apollo Mission). He was awarded 'Teacher of the Year-2017' by Conrad Foundation for his team's successive wins at Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, held every year at NASA Kennedy Space Center. He was also given 'Teacher's Certificate of Recognition' by National Space Society at International Space Development Conference 2018, in recognition of his two teams of middle school students winning 1st prize and Honorable Mention award at NASA Ames Space Settlement Challenge 2018. Faizan is also keenly interested in Psychology and possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a special interest in child learning and development. For his contributions to the global aerospace and defense industry, Faizan was granted permanent residency in the United States under the ‘Alien of Extraordinary Ability’ category, also known as Einstein visa, a category normally reserved for Noble Laureates or top scientists.
Dr Bashoo Naziruddin
Director and Adjunct Professor
Islet Cell Laboratory
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX 75246
Dr. Naziruddin is an expert in the field of islet cell transplantation, which is a special treatment for patients severely affected by diabetes or chronic pancreatitis.
Dr Samir Iqbal
Professor Dr. Samir Iqbal is a Professor and former Department Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has been a staff member at Purdue University, the University of Texas at Arlington (UT-Arlington), the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the US Air Force. His research is focused on the cutting-edge forefronts of nanotechnology, data analytics, and cancer diagnostics. He has been on the boards and panels of experts for many international and national organizations. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of his exceptional contributions to cancer nanotechnology. He was chosen as the Presidential Fellow at UT-Arlington (with a $20,000 prize) and inducted into the National Academy of Innovators. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer for many prestigious organizations/institutions and has given keynotes and plenary talks around the world.
Dr. Iqbal is the Chair of the Bioengineering Subgroup of the Biophysical Society, an international organization with 7,500 members around the world, and has been the Program Director of the Sustainable Energy and Water Resource Management Program at his university. He has won the US National Science Foundation CAREER award, Sigma Xi Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Best Research Mentor Award, and Research Excellence Award, to name a few. He was selected for the Honorable Mention for Best Academic Advisor Award, the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and nominated for the Moore Inventor Fellowship. He has published more than 70 articles in prestigious journals like Nature Nanotechnology, Cancer Research, Lab on a Chip, Biomedical Microdevices, and Nanotechnology, with many of these appearing as the front cover articles. He has many patents and intellectual property disclosures to his credit. His students have also won many awards and competitions. He is actively engaged in research, outreach, and education at global levels.
Mr Shahid Ahmed
Mr Mozam Syed
Ms Amber Shaik
Dr Aneela Afzal
Born and raised in New Jersey, in 2014 Inaya Sheikh joined Liberty High School in Frisco Texas. Inaya has spent two years at DiscoverSTEM where she has filed patents for multiple innovations. At DiscoverSTEM Inaya is an assistant mentor and engages students to THINK like an INNOVATOR, identify world's problems and innovate patent-able STEM solutions to these problems.
Inaya is the co- founder of ALIA- Apex Language Institute of America, a non-profit that teaches K-12 Urdu and Arabic languages. Her compassion and community service interests lead her to join as a youth board member to The Institute of Medieval & Post Medieval Studies, a Regional Representative for BluePrint Smiles and a volunteer for Treasured Vessels Foundation. Inaya is an advocate for social justice. She is extremely passionate about supporting human trafficking victims and improving the condition of foster kids in America.
Inaya has served as a Girl Scout for 6 years and received her Blue Belt in Taekwondo. During her free time, Inaya practices the sport of fencing and plans to obtain her pilots license in the near future.