Aleenah Ansari

Student / Storyteller / Future Engineer

University of Washington, Seattle

Aleenah Ansari

I am a rising junior at the University of Washington studying Human Centered Design and Engineering, and I identify as an interidisciplinary storyteller with a passion for social impact. My goal is to bridge the gap – between scientists and the general public, between writers and their audience, and between current students and the mentors through compelling writing.



Brain Awareness Week Open House

Engaging pre-college students and educators through conversation and interactive activities about the brain. There is a plethora of information and research in circulation about the brain, and since this organ is so central to human function, there are many questions one could ask: do we only use 10 percent of our brain?
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Women's Career-Mentoring Lunch empowers female engineers

A recent Reuters article outlined that although women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields collaborate widely with other researchers, they are still underrepresented in physics, engineering, and computer science fields. To address current gender disparities and empower future women in STEM fields, departments at the University of Washington (UW) have focused on creating a supportive environment that empowers women through programs, mentorship and community.
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Reaching for the STARS

At the UW, less than half of prospective engineering freshmen successfully complete an engineering degree, and this number is lower for students of low income backgrounds. People like Sonya Cunningham are committed to changing that and supporting the potential of these students. Cunningham is the director of the UW Washington State Academic RedShirt (STARS) program, which focuses on supporting economically disadvantaged and educationally underserved students from Washington who are highly motivated to pursue engineering degrees.
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Storytelling in the sciences: Introducing narrative elements in every medium of science writing

The genre of science writing is often associated with peer-reviewed publications written in straightforward language, but it isn’t always associated with engaging storytelling. “I would love to challenge scientific writing to be more engaging,” said Ryan Kelly, a UW assistant professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
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Indigenous Feminism: Creating a new narrative by empowering indigenous voices

Last Friday, the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House was full of students, faculty, and community members who gathered to celebrate the works and narratives of indigenous women-identifying scholars. “The voice of indigenous women is an important one,” said Casey Wynecoop, the administrative coordinator at the Intellectual House.
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Believing in an encouraging future

Brent “Smokey” Weinhandl profoundly loves working with patients, family and staff at Brook Trout Dental, his dental practice in Casper, Wyoming. However, after a camping accident left him with a traumatic spinal cord injury, broken back, three broken ribs and a cracked sternum, he struggled to return to his life as a dentist.
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) Link to Story

Projecting outward: Portfolios as outlets for reflection

Many students leave the UW with a degree, maybe even multiple with a minor tacked on, as well as a variety of experiences involving leadership, service, and community engagement; however, it can be difficult to package these skills and present them to an employer effectively. Creating a portfolio is one way to do that.
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Supporting prospective women in STEM starts with accessible mentors

A recent UW study explored current gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and it concluded that an unwelcoming culture was the main deterrent to women entering these fields. Lead author Sapna Cheryan, an associate professor in psychology, said that most studies focus on disparities in STEM fields as a whole, but this one focused on the presence of higher representation in some fields versus others.
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UW Commuter and Transfer Commons fosters academic and social support of students

Almodine Thompson, a current UW senior pursuing European studies, is the current membership coordinator for the ASUW Student Senate and an active voice for the needs of commuter and transfer students. She isn’t afraid to be heard and even presented to the UW Board of Regents about the Transfer Initiative, which focuses on creating personal experiences for transfer students as they transition to the UW.
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Young Scholars Program provides an authentic neural engineering research experience for high school students

When starting college, most high school students have broad ideas about their intended major or future career.
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Getting past the blank page

Nonfiction writer, Cowlitz Indian tribe member, and UW alumna Elissa Washuta is unabashed about sharing her identity. She owns and shares her experiences with mental health, bipolar disorder, and trauma through writing, and finds it plays a large role in her healing process. Washuta has written pieces on these topics and others in “Literary Hub,” “The Weeklings,” and “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”.
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Taking time for self-care: UW Mindfulness Project offers yoga for all

The conversation about mental health has been growing on campus, but mindfulness is a relatively new topic of conversation that UW alumna Alysha Greig believes is relevant for all college students. “I used to say, ‘college is supposed to be the time of your life where you discover who you are,’ but for the most part, what I noticed was that everyone seemed to be running around studying everything but themselves,” Greig said.
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Aleenah Ansari

Hello! My name is Aleenah Ansari, and I'm a rising junior at the University of Washington studying Human Centered Design and Engineering. Although I am a student, I identify as a storyteller first and foremost, and I strive to bring empathy, active listening skills, and inclusion to every conversation and piece of writing I create.

I actively listen to people's stories and share them through news outlets like The Daily at the University of Washington. I currently develop my communication skills through my work as a reporter and editor at The Daily, a communications intern at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), and as a writing tutor at the CLUE Writing Center and the Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC). I am looking for opportunities to become a more effective multimedia communicator and gain experience in data visualization and user experience design.



  • Mentorship
  • Active Listening
  • Storytelling
  • Constructive Feedback
  • Java
  • Writing