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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 experience

Sept 2016Present

Assistant Professor

Dec 2014Aug 2016

Adjunct Math Instructor

  • Instruct college level math courses.
Aug 2012Aug 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 2010Aug 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 2012Aug 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 2008May 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 2008Aug 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 2010Dec 2010


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

Presentations & Publications

  • E. Abdul-Majid et. al., Non-Planar Effects of Iris Deformation, Journal of Biomechanics (In Preparation)
  • E. Abdul-Majid, Women, Math, Biology, and Technology, LaGuardia Community College, NYC, NY
  • 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
  • E. Abdul-Majid, Initial Exploration into the 3D Effects of Iris Deformation, Biometrics Consortium Conference, 2012
  • 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

  • New York Academy of Sciences                                                                                                1/2017-1/2018
  • NSBE Membership                                                                                                                          9/2015- Currently       
  • 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                                            

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