In today’s episode, we speak to Alena Mohd-Yusof about her journey in STEM. Alena’s pursuit of high academic standards began in 1998 when she migrated with her family from Malaysia to the United States. Her parents sacrificed a comfortable lifestyle in Malaysia to provide an array of opportunities for Alena and her siblings. Many of the obstacles her family faced following the transition from Malaysia stemmed from financial distress. However, these struggles have served as motivation to persevere and pursue her passions for higher education.
Despite being undocumented, Alena received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Biological Psychology in 2010 from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She then continued to complete her Master’s degree in General Experimental Psychology at CSUSB.
Currently, Alena is working as a neurophysiologist. She primarily focuses on complex orthopedic spine surgery cases as well as vascular (carotid endarterectomy) cases. She uses various modalities such as somatosensory evoked potentials, electroencephalography, and electromyography to ensure patient’s safety during surgery.
Sponsor – SACNAS
Music – JBlanked: Been on