Nasruddin Nazerali / Math Teacher


Nasruddin Nazerali attended primary school at Saint Joseph School, and high school at Sandford English Community School on a full achievement scholarship, both in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He then went to MIT to do a B.S. degree in Physics with minors in Environmental Engineering and Comparative Media Studies. After teaching mathematics in a Maryland high school, Nasruddin went back to MIT to study Environmental Engineering and Geophysics, achieving an M.Eng. in 2007 and an M.S. degree in 2015.

During his studies, Nasruddin travelled for field work and teaching assignments to Barbados, St. Lucia, Cyprus, Turkey, and Kuwait. Since graduating, he has started an engineering consulting company focused on water and has worked for National Oilwell Varco and Philips Healthcare. Professionally, he is interested in sustainable development and resource management, water prospecting and reclamation, and disaster preparedness. Teaching/training has been a major aspect of this focus. Every summer, he has returned to MIT as a short term lecturer to assist in the practical computer laboratories for a popular professional continuing education class on 'data and models'.

Nasruddin's passion for teaching was sparked in middle and high school by his mathematics and physics teachers, and by the English teacher who opened his eyes to the wonderful world of Shakespeare through a close reading of Julius Caesar. His college professor in literature and film is his continuing inspiration for great teaching and mentorship. Nasruddin likes to read, watch good films and enjoy the outdoors.