March 26th, 2011

Leadership in Research


Leadership in Research is an educational program for high school and college age youth developed to communicate to youth concepts of Islamic civilization and key elements of leading in research. Activities are designed for ages 13 – 23, however others could join. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by a parent or adult. Separate buses for brothers and sisters inshaa Allah is available.



The program inshaa Allah, comprises of the following:

  • Motor coach bus transportation from DC area masjids to NYC and back
  • Meals, snacks and refreshments 
  • Exhibit and tour of 1001 Inventions Tour from the UK at the New York Hall of Science
  • Local recreation in NY area
  • Critical thinking team activities
  • Two short classes by world class local Muslim scientists and inventors, Dr. Mohammad Eltoweissy and Dr. Wael Abdelmageed
  • Group discussions and reflections from around led by Br. Ayman Nassar
  • Sleepover option for brothers ages 14+ available upon return inshaa Allah at destination masjid
  • Exam and certificate


New York City


Busses leave from:

  • NUR CAFE, Fairfax
  • DAT, Columbia
  • DUS, College Park
  • ISB, Catonsville



As listed above per person. Includes New York Hall of Science admission  fees, bus, lectures, group activities, dinner, refreshments, snacks and exam after the event (online), and certificates.


Financial Aid Available:

Option 1: Financial Aid (up to 50%)

Option 2: Installment Payments

For more details visit,



5:00 am – 11:30 pm (MD)

Brothers will have qiyam al-lail upon return and parents can pickup next morning. Details will provided at registration.


Other Details

Our ratio is 1 chaperon per 5 youth under 18, the program is developed by professionals educated and trained in leadership. Chaperons have experience in youth programs, and have conducted programs for several years including trips and other off-site programs. Chaperons are of the same gender as students, sister programs have at least two adult brothers over age of 40 to assist. Programs which include both genders are separated and no mixing is allowed. ILIA serves only halal and healthy food, no junk food are served.

For more information about 1001 Inventions visit:

Guest Speakers Bios:

Dr. Wael Abd-Almageed holds a  Ph.D. with Distinction from the University of New Mexico where he was selected Outstanding Graduate Student. He is a scientist, inventor, instructor and entrepreneur. Currently he is a Research Scientist with the University of Maryland’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, where he leads research activities in applications of machine learning in bioinformatics, computer vision and document image processing. Dr. Abd-Almageed recently won grants from the National Cancer Institute and the University of Maryland’s Research Frontiers, and the National Science Foundation to develop cutting-edge gene expression clustering algorithms for mining liver cancer data; and image processing, computer vision and software development where he invented a number of algorithms in the area of digital image processing. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Dr. Mohamed Eltoweissy is Chief Scientist for Cyber Security Research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and considered a national research leader in the US. Before joining PNNL, Eltoweissy was an associate professor in The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He also held a courtesy appointment in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Eltoweissy’s current research interests crosscuts the areas of trustworthy engineering, networking architecture and protocols, and distributed systems for large-scale ubiquitous cyber-physical systems. Eltoweissy’s contributions include concern-oriented architecture and cell-based network model for next generation networks, dynamic key management for sensor and ad-hoc networks, reputation management in ad hoc networks and service environments, and elastic sensor-actuator networks.

Common Q&A:

Q1. I can not afford the fees for the class, is there anyway I can still attend?

Fees are used to cover the direct costs of the program/class. This particular fees includes the cost for admission to all attractions, transportation, all three meals, snacks and refreshments, class material and class supplies. Through the grace of Allah (SWT) and our generous donors ILIA offers two different types of financial support for classes. Financial aid (reduced fees up to 50%) is offered as a form of sadaqa to those who do not meet the requirements of zakat, and Financial Aid (installment payments, up to 6 installments) for those who qualify. Eligible students can receive both a discount up to 50% and installments for the remaining amount as applicable.

Q2. How do I get financial aid?

(1) Please complete the appropriate application from the website at (2) Email the completed form to (3) Wait until you receive a discount code within 48 hrs to apply at registration time.

Q3. Can I join my child? Are fees for parents different?

Yes you can join your child. Fees are the same, since the class has no margin and fees barely cover the direct costs.

Q4. My child is turning 12 next month, the website states that minimum age is 13, can he still attend if he is a responsible student?

Yes, inshaa Allah. We will require a letter of recommendation from his school teacher, stating that he is a responsible student at school and follows instructions. The letter can be emailed directly to ILIA at

Q5. What is the last day to register?

The last day to register and get a reduced fee is March 4th, 2011. There are absolutely no exceptions, as payments to bus and other vendors/suppliers must be made by then, afterwords prices go up to $139 to cover late fees and missed group rates.

Q6. How big is the group?

Inshaa Allah each bus will have 45 students and 9 chaperons and 1 instructor.

Q7. I am a mom, if I join my son would we be split in the buses?

Adult sisters may join the brothers bus – although we are sure they will find the sister’s one – more comfortable and quiet. Adult fathers may not join the sisters bus to allow our sisters to be comfortable during meals and other group activities on the bus.

Q8. If we drive on our own it will not cost us $90 per person, what is the benefit of joining the ILIA group?

The program is not a trip. It is a field class including many delivery approaches (exhibits, demos, group activities, talks, peer interaction). The class is designed for high school students and young college students. The main objective of the class is to motivate and inspire our youth in becoming leaders in research and scientific innovation. Also special talks on how to excel in high school and college research assignments will be provided among many other activities. For groups up to 4 people it is more economical to join ILIA just based on a purely financial decision. You will save on gas, tolls, parking, museum fields, meals, snacks, activities’ costs and supplies.


About ILIA

The beloved Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said in one hadith “All of you are shepherds, and each of you is responsible of his or her flock”.

The Islamic Leadership Institute of America is based on this advice of the Prophet. Our youth programs instill leadership skills and traits into the participants. We believe that the youth are not only the leaders of the future, but also of the present. Self-leadership is built at the young age.

For more information about the Islamic Leadership Institute of America email us at

ILIA prohibits  discrimination  against  any  member  of  the Islamic Leadership Institute community on  the  basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a veteran. ILIA will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with Islamic Shariyah and applicable  federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders.