With system dynamics studies, Raafat Zaini explores the delicate balance between how things work and the resulting reactions in the world so he can help make it a better place.

Why did you pick the branch of science you are in? 

I was always interested in knowing how things interact to produce results especially in the intangible world of socio-technical world. System dynamics is a great discipline that helps model and simulate such issues. 

What are the biggest misperceptions people have about scientists?

That they are only driven by curiosity for discovery.

What’s something you do that reminds you that you are an #ActualLivingScientist?

Continue to be curious about problems in the world with the spirit to make it a better place.

I am a scientist and I...

... am very grateful for that.

How do you hope your scientific contributions will impact the world?

To make the world understand that its problems are interconnected with not-so-obvious solutions. Quick fixes have many unintended consequences. 

How has WPI prepared you to become an #ActualLivingScientist?

WPI offered me a flexible environment to research the topics I am interested in.