First Name

Aaila

Last Name

A.

Bio

Aaila Ali is an undergraduate student studying Physics at DePaul University and Computer Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology with an interest in quantum computing and a strong desire to give back to the scientific community. She has served in various capacities on the boards of the DePaul University Society of Physics Students (SPS), Society of Womxn in Physics (SWiP), and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (DeSACNAS). Aaila is the current the associate zone councilor of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) for Zone 9. Aaila works to organize events to create a nurturing community to help physics and STEM students of all backgrounds advance their professional development and academic success. Over the course of her undergraduate career, she has introduced CS to young students through an AspireIT grant, interned in cyber security, worked as a student researcher on a Sloan Digital Sky Survey Faculty and Student Team (SDSS FAST) at DePaul University, and participated in a NSF funded REU at the University of Utah working in spintronics. Aaila most recently interned with IBM Research in the Quantum Applications in Quantum Chemistry and Science group. She has a passion for research and plans to pursue graduate studies in quantum computing in the future.