Dr. Maha Haji is a joint researcher in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell and the Engineering Systems Laboratory at MIT. Her research focuses on utilizing multidisciplinary design optimization to develop a floating platform to provide recharging and data offloading capacity for autonomous underwater vehicles. Prior to joining the Engineering Systems lab, Dr. Haji worked in industry as an engineering consultant with a company called ATA Engineering. There she got the chance to work with clients in aerospace and defense all the way to entertainment and themed rides. So in any one day, she could be working on robots, rockets, and roller coasters! After her time in the Engineering Systems Lab, Dr. Haji will be joining the faculty at Cornell as an Assistant Professor starting in July 2021, where her research will focus on designing offshore systems to sustainably extract resources from the ocean such as power, water, and food, as well as mineral resources key to the progress of clean energy. Outside of academics, Dr. Haji enjoys being in the outdoors. Her favorite hobbies include reading, backpacking, surfing, sailing, and scuba diving. She also enjoys traveling and playing bass guitar.