While working on her master’s degree in mechanical engineering, Fatemeh Rasouli decided she wanted to use her knowledge and skills to help people in a tangible way. Fatemeh focused her studies on gait rehabilitation and discovered the work taking place at the University of South Florida’s REED lab. Upon graduation, Fatemeh reached out to the lab’s director, Kyle Reed, who suggested she apply to USF’s doctoral program. Today, Fatemeh is working toward her Ph.D. and has been able to have an impact on those living with disabilities.
"It was a very impossible mission to come study here in the U.S., considering the type of background I'm from."
"I’m excited to get folks in the community involved with this research. To me, it’s their project at the end of the day. Some people say we’re giving a voice to the voiceless, but these members of the community already have a voice. We’re just giving them the space to speak."
"When I retired from the Navy, I decided that I wanted to continue my education. I made the best decision coming to USF and I couldn't ask for more support than through what is given through the Office of Veteran Success."
"USF was the defining experience of my life. Most people don’t understand how absolutely critical USF was, especially for us in Ybor City. There were six or seven guys who grew up together in the old neighborhood, all children of immigrants, who became members of the charter class. We were so proud, so gratified to be accepted. It made an enormous difference in our lives."