This blog post is part of our Meet the Team series posted here each Friday

Akram Ali | Lead Electronics Hardware Engineer

Current City: Chicago, IL

Hometown: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Next up in our series is our Hardware Engineer, Akram Ali. Akram is the lead electronics hardware engineer for Rise Gardens. He has a PhD in Architectural Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, with many years of experience in designing and prototyping low-power wireless sensors and controls. At Rise Gardens, he is responsible for electronic product design and development, and has a goal of making our smart gardens even smarter.

Why did you choose to work with Rise Gardens?

It's a great opportunity to be involved at the core level of building a product from scratch that promotes healthy living and eating

How has Rise Gardens changed how you are eating?

I'm eating more organic vegetarian food now, and my green leaf intake has increased considerably.

What’s your favorite dish to cook?

Pasta with stir-fried vegetables and marinara sauce

Do you have any special secret talents?

They won't remain secret if I shared them now, would they?

What are you reading right now?

What If by Randall Munroe

What are you watching on TV right now?

Plate of Origin

How do you spend your free time?

Outdoor: hiking, soccer, exploring nature. Indoor: playing video games, drawing