Shaeema Zaman Ahmed, a young woman from Guwahati, brought laurels to Assam and India for her visionary work in quantum physics research, for which she received her doctorate on June 28 at Aarhus University in Denmark.
After her previous schooling at Maria’s Public School, Guwahati, and her Masters in Physics from Delhi University, Shaeema was a leader in science education and astronomy education at Zlife Education in New Delhi.
She was then offered a Marie Skodowska-Curie PhD fellowship at Aarhus University, Denmark, and was part of the EU’s Quantum-enhanced Sensing via Quantum Control (QusCo) program.
Her work focused on studying the use and effects of quantum games and simulation tools in quantum physics education, science communication, and quantum control research.
It was part of the design process in Quantum Moves 2 and Lab Manager and simulation tools like the Quantum Composer.
Her research studies on these tools examined how simulations can improve student learning in quantum mechanics.
In addition, her work also addressed the potential of a Citizen Science game as a method of crowdsourcing solutions to solve quantum control problems and the effects of using simulations in quantum physics education.
The work was carried out under the direction of Prof. Jacob Friis Sherson, and the external examiners were Prof. Sabrina Maniscalco from the University of Turku, Finland, and Prof. Stefan Heusler from the University of Münster, Germany.
Shaeema is the daughter of Guwahati-based pediatrician Dr. Shabina Ahmed and the anesthetist Dr. Khafiluzzaman Ahmed.
The defense was viewed online including her teachers at her alma mater, Maria’s Public School, Guwahati.
In a message to her alumnus, Nellie Ahmed Tanweer, founding director of the school said: “… the pride you bring to your school will continue to inspire the next generation …”