NYU Abu Dhabi Senior selected as Al Ghurair STEM Scholar
NYU Abu Dhabi Senior Yousteena Bocktor, Class of 2018, selected as Al Ghurair STEM Scholar.

NYU Abu Dhabi Senior Selected as Al Ghurair Stem Scholar

Yousteena Bocktor is the first NYU Abu Dhabi student to receive this award from the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education

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NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Class of 2018 student Yousteena Bocktor, 21,  from Egypt, has been selected as a 2018 Al Ghurair STEM Scholar, which supports young Arabs pursuing fields in higher education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She will pursue a Master of Engineering with a concentration in Transportation Engineering from McGill University in Canada.

This month, Bocktor will graduate from NYUAD with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Her senior Capstone project involved designing a regional airport designed to meet changing traveler demands. The design aims to be cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly by cutting down on handling costs and flight tickets. The project was inspired by her study away trip to New York City where she witnessed the inner-workings of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). As a result, she was inspired to create an improved system that is both user-friendly and much more efficient. This also led to an internship in a Transportation Engineering Consulting firm based in New York which further deepened her interest in the subject.

It is empowering to be have Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education support in continuing an education not bound by geographical constraints. This opportunity is so much more than a scholarship, it also provides mentorship, community projects, hands-on learning and a diverse scholars network. In this way, the program is a bridge between the core competencies I developed during my undergraduate education  at NYUAD and my long-term goals of working in academia and carrying out research in Civil Engineering. With a concentration in  the field of environmental transportation, I’d like to answer questions on how to improve the existing system to be more tailored towards the user and more relevant to our modern society.

Yousteena Bocktor, Class of 2018

The Al Ghurair STEM Scholarship is part of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, a non-profit organization founded by Abdulla Al Ghurair, that supports high-achieving Emirati and Arab Youth by providing 15,000 educational opportunities and scholarships  to students over the next ten years. 


About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from 120 nations and speak over 120 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.