In Memoriam: Maha El Meseery, School of Interactive Arts & Technology
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Maha El Meseery on May 13, 2018 as a result of a car accident in Egypt.
Maha joined SFU’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT) PhD program in 2016, quickly becoming a Research Assistant at SFU, then a Visual Analytic Mentor for the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA).
While with VIVA, Maha worked on the Visualize FASS Research project for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She was a bright and talented scholar, earning fellowships and the Andrew Wade Memorial Scholarship in Visual Analytics.
Dr. Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Maha’s supervisor, shares the impression that she left with people and of her academic acumen. “Maha El Meseery was an excellent young woman and an outstanding researcher with a very bright mind. Unafraid to tackle complex problems she created a large software system to make it easier for people to understand big or complex data and then support decision making around the data. Beyond her technical skills, Maha was very kind and always quick to assist her fellow graduate students. Outside of the lab her strong community engagement illustrated her qualities as a human being. Her fellow students and myself miss Maha greatly, she always brought sunshine to the lab.”