RPI grad determined to change the world for others back home

May 23, 2019 07:41 PM

This year's crop of college grads may be leaving school with lots of debt, but in the end, we may be indebted to them. After college, some are taking on social causes and careers that change lives.

NewsChannel 13 had the pleasure of meeting one recent grad from RPI who has worked hard and hopes to change the part of the world she comes from. 

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For most people in the United States, access to clean water is as simple as turning on the tap, but not those living in the Sudan community that Noon Farsab grew up in.

Not only do some Sudanese women have to scrounge around for water sources, but long lines await those trying to fill-up gas cylinders for energy to use in their homes. So as a child, Farsab made a promise to become an engineer and one day change that.

However, changing her world wouldn't be easy. In fact, she'd have to travel to a world away. The first big obstacle in America for the oldest in a family with many children would be to learn English.

However, challenges were not knew to Farsab. She had to convince her family that a woman could become a mechanical engineer.

Eventually, she'd make it to RPI and last week, it was realized when Noon walked across the stage to accept her degree in mechanical engineering with her family watching.

Her achievement will not only be shared with her family, but one day with all those families back home struggling with resources so many take for granted.


WNYT Staff

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