Emaan Abdul-Majid


Career Highlights

  • One of 8 people invited to present at a special meeting held by the Iris Expert Group (IEG), where my algorithm for iris deformation and its application to improve current iris biometric software was discussed.
  • Worked with the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop and maintain research infrastructure used to optimize the tracking of tuberculosis (TB).
  • Collaborated in developing software which locates DNA editing sites in a more time and cost effective way than lab work; thereby discovering 3 new editing sites.
  • Experience in analysis, problem solving, programming, statistics and probability; all applicable to financial, government and medical institutes.


Aug 2014

PhD Mathematics

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Thesis- “Exploring the 3D effects of Iris Deformation” on a biologically tenable model produced using iris tissue data to model iris deformation. The algorithm was developed and the model was simulated using finite element methods and analysis with C++, MATLAB, and ABAQUS (a finite element analysis software).
  • Key Words- Staggered Grid Technique; Finite Difference Method (FDM); Finite Element Methods (FEM); Finite Element Analysis (FEA); Partial Differential Equations (PDE); C++; MATLAB; and ABAQUS.
May 2011

M.Sc Applied Mathematics

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
May 2009

B.Sc Mathematics

Lehigh University

Work History

Work History
Dec 2014 - Present

Adjunct Math Instructor

  • Instruct college level math courses.
Aug 2012 - Aug 2014

Dept. of Homeland Security & DoD

Research Assistant
  • Developed and analyzed algorithms for 3D biomechanical models of iris deformation using C++, MATLAB and ABAQUS for graphic simulation.
  • Used problem-solving skills to test and improve the new algorithm.
  • Explored iris deformation effects by using continuum mechanics and analyzing 3D effects caused by the thickness of the iris tissue.
  • Collaborated with key stake holders, used research infrastructure, and created a new cost and time efficient process while working on a team.
Jun 2010 - Aug 2012

National Institute of Health

Research Assistant for TB Insight Project
  • Developed a stochastic Bayesian model of the transmission rate of tuberculosis (TB) using its mutation rate to track and prevent outbreaks of TB.
  • Developed a program using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo method (MCMC) and MATLAB on New York City and New York State tuberculosis patient data sets (4050 patients).
  • Collaborated with medical labs, computer scientists, and biologists to develop and improve algorithms.
Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Department of Defense Department of Education

Engineer Level III
  • Developed and analyzed mathematical models and algorithms of pupil dilation for iris recognition using problem-solving skills to compare the algorithms with iris biological data.
  • Performed numerical simulation using MATLAB, C++ and finite element solving software.
  • Presented work to specialists wanting to leverage results into existing iris recognition systems.
  • Collaborated and communicated research findings, directions, and budgets to various audiences including technical forums, key personnel within the DoD, as well as research professors and scientists.
Sep 2008 - May 2009

Lehigh University

Assistant To Executive Director of Outreach Program
  •  Organized Lehigh Valley Science and Engineering Fair by recruiting and collaborating with science and engineering professionals to judge science projects by students in grades.
  • Managed recruiting and retention efforts for the Launch-IT and STAR Academy programs.
Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Research Assistant
  • Collaborated with computer scientists and molecular biologists to develop a new software platform based on C++ to mine DNA sequences and uncover genes subject to RNA editing.
  • Improved the software by testing it against available data online and data from our lab work.
  • Discovered 3 new RNA editing sites using the software and lab work.
Jun 2010 - Dec 2010


Teaching Assistant,
  • Held supplemental instruction, graded coursework and exams, and suggested final grades for both academic and summer sessions in Calculus I.
Aug 2007 - Jun 2008

Northampton Community College

Teaching Assistant
  • Tutored college students in mathematics, computer science, and physics.
  • Held supplemental instruction in Pre-calculus review sessions. 

Technical Skills

C++, MATLAB, ABAQUS and Numerical Methods (Finite Element Methods), Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Presentations & Publications

  • E. Abdul-Majid, Exploring the Non-planar Effects of Iris Deformation (Doctoral dissertation), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.                                                                                                       
  • E. Abdul-Majid, Initial Exploration into the 3D Effects of Iris Deformation, New York Conference on Applied Mathematics, 2012  http://homepages.rpi.edu/~lif/NYCAM/abstracts_3rdNYCAM.pdf
  • E. Abdul-Majid, Initial Exploration into the 3D Effects of Iris Deformation, Biometrics Consortium Conference, 2012  http://www.biometrics.org/bc2012/program.pdf
  • E. Abdul-Majid, Exploring the 3D Effects of Deformation, Applied Mathematics Days, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2012 
  • E. Abdul-Majid, A Combined Bioinformatics and Molecular Biological Approach for the Identification of Post-Transcriptional Recording Events in the Human Transcriptome, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2008
  • Abdul-Majid, Emaan, Women in Mathematics. Paper presented at Moravian College Student Mathematics Conference.

Honors, Awards, and Memberships

  • GAANN Fellowship- Department of Education award of $67,900 per year                        8/2009-11/2012
  • SIAM Membership                                                                                                                                    8/2012-1/2015
  • Hites Family Scholarship- $2500 private college scholarship.                                              9/2007-5/2009                                                                             
  • Presidential Ambassador Scholarship- 2 year full-tuition scholarship.                           9/2005-5/2007                                            

Committees Served On

  • School of Science Graduate Student Council                                                               5/2011-5/2012
  • Dept. of Mathematics Graduate Committee                                                               5/2011-5/2012

Elected to coordinate and manage student conferences, professional and social events using a given budget.

Summary of Research