Election Year: 2021
Election Constituency: Saudi Arabia
Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence
Rhodes Identifier: Saudi Arabia & Lincoln 2021
Omar currently studies Materials Science & Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His passion for science emerged as he took part in the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), where he won the first silver medal for Saudi Arabia. At Illinois, he worked on the rapid manufacturing of elastomers and thermosets at the Moore and Sottos labs. He also interned at ARAMCO Research Centers at Boston, where he worked on developing polymeric surfactants for enhanced oil recovery. When not in the lab, Omar enjoys reading Arabic literature, hiking, writing, and volunteering at local schools as a math and science tutor.