Finally, I’m off to college.
I was offered admission and scholarship by several universities, but I chose UC San Diego to major in Biomedical Engineering (rated #3 in USA for BioEngineering). With my strong academic foundation and entrepreneurship skills, I strive to revolutionize the medical field.
Before proceeding, please check out the BBC interview with my younger brother and I (in Arabic about teenagers). http://www.bbc.com/arabic/media-41984822 The BBC English station created their own version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPfZj1IUuuU
I have always been a super achiever, respected by colleagues, and commended by teachers. In addition to my academic achievements, I am a recognized young entrepreneur who started his first company at age 14. I was nominated for the Arabian Business StartUp Award. I served as a mentor for the MIT Launch Club, I established the entrepreneurship club at school, I held a workshop on entrepreneurship for teens at the Ruwwad Social Empowerment Organization, and I succeeded in securing funding for my startup. Not bragging, but simply stating a fact, I was featured in numerous publications including Forbes, Arabian Business, EntrepreneureME, Endeavor, and many others. http://amer.yaghi.net/gallery.html
I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering at UCSD. I am already a busy bee: I have been selected as “Student Innovation Ambassador“, in addition to several other activities which I will tell you about soon. I am a proud active member of the Dr. Xu Research Group, http://xugroup.eng.ucsd.edu
I’m the CEO and Co-founder of AidMaid, and one of the world’s youngest entrepreneurs. I established my first venture, Chillax, at the age of 14 with my then 13-year old brother, Mohamed Yaghi.
I’m obsessed with and passionate about finding solutions to problems and empowering the younger generation. While building Chillax, we created an emergency tool, AidMaid, to help save lives. Within days of its release, AidMaid was downloaded by over 3000 users in 68 countries; in addition to positive tweets and comments. We had plans to integrate with Google Glass, smart tattoos, and smart digital pills!
Frankly, I was very different from the average teenager; even though I was among the smartest in school, that was never enough for me. I was always searching for ways to embark on challenges which would challenge my abilities and push them beyond the limits.
My interests include: technology, tennis, reading, innovation, swimming, science, entrepreneurship, leading people and a bunch of other things that most teenagers aren’t interested in.
Oh, I’m on a mission to normalize the use of blockchain (which was introduced to me by my mentor and father, Dr. Husam). I have pitched blockchain solutions to Jordan’s Ministry of Education, Zain Telecom, and soon to Central Bank of Jordan who has expressed initial interest. Stay tuned for success stories soon.
Many thanks to all those great women and men who supported me in various ways directly or indirectly. Not to forget one of the greatest, Mr. Fadi Ghandour.