Naomi Butler-Abisrror

Naomi Butler-Abisrror

Volunteer 2013, Steering Committee 2014

Student, General Engineering '17

How do we prevent the suffocation of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurialism?

The fragile harmony that pertains to balancing creativity and formal education is very difficult to maintain, as seen by the largely conformist society we have today. It seems that the arts and sciences are always at stark contrast with each other, and that the number of individuals that preside over a healthy overlapping dynamic between the two areas are very scarce. It appears that many develop a type of tunnel vision in regards to what area they feel accommodates them best, and by consequence they allow the field to dominate them and dissipate the potential they have for innovation in other areas. I feel that the best way to contend with such a dilemma is to make the merging of technology and the arts much more pronounced and to show people that while the two acting separately have produced incredible results, the merging of the two will make for a much more compelling and trailblazing outcome!

Naomi Butler-Abisrror

Naomi is currently a Virginia Tech freshman in General Engineering going on to major in Chemical Engineering with a focus and minor in Biomedical Engineering. During the school day, she attends classes and takes notes for two as a volunteer for students with disabilities. Aside from her academics, she is involved with skeletal tissue engineering undergraduate research under the tutelage of Dr. Aaron Goldstein and dedicates her free time to writing for the Engineers’ Forum magazine on interesting engineering-related activities and research that are occurring at the university. She also helps with web design for the site of the nonprofit organization HAYO Ltd. that aims to aid minority students in attaining a higher education and furnishes them with valuable experience in expressing themselves effectively through media correspondence. As a creative outlet, Naomi enjoys storytelling and writing, video recording, and video editing, and is thus a member of the filmmaking club at Virginia Tech. She is a big fan of TED videos and is very enthused to be part of the TEDxVirginiaTech Steering Committee.

How do we prevent the suffocation of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurialism?

The fragile harmony that pertains to balancing creativity and formal education is very difficult to maintain, as seen by the largely conformist society we have today. It seems that the arts and sciences are always at stark contrast with each other, and that the number of individuals that preside over a healthy overlapping dynamic between the two areas are very scarce. It appears that many develop a type of tunnel vision in regards to what area they feel accommodates them best, and by consequence they allow the field to dominate them and dissipate the potential they have for innovation in other areas. I feel that the best way to contend with such a dilemma is to make the merging of technology and the arts much more pronounced and to show people that while the two acting separately have produced incredible results, the merging of the two will make for a much more compelling and trailblazing outcome!

Naomi Butler-Abisrror