Dr. Rashina Hoda
Dr. Rashina Hoda. Photo provided by Dr. Rashina Hoda.

Dr. Rashina Hoda (@agileRashina) is a senior lecturer of Software Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Voice of Agile Research www.rashina.com

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Cat named “Fluffy”

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Author & illustrator

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

Close to the nearest blackhole, but not too close 😉

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

To bend space and time

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

A R Rahman’s Music

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Sketching in my art book

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Family, positivity, and purpose

15 What beverage gives you life?


16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

P G Wodehouse series

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?


18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The desire to make a positive impact/make the most of life

19 What got you excited in science?

Physics – learning how and why things work the way they do

20 What excites you about science now?

Science + Technology + Engineering + Arts = Unprecedented interdisciplinary innovation and progress

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Biryani 😛

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Abstraction – drawing connections across diverse domains

23 What is your favorite game?

Any game with my boys

24 What is the last book you read?

The Art of Not Giving a F*

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

From my father when I first ventured abroad – keep your good values and take from the new good values you see/experience.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Singing (outside the bathroom)

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Take it easy, enjoy the ride

28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?

Dr. Katie Bouman + the new Black Hole image

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Not weird per se, but weird to think about it now – Diapers, when the kids were babies

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

Can’t pick just one. Pride and Prejudice, The Kite Runner, The Martian, Harry Potter series…

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Rice and curry

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Hmm hard to point to one…but may be Eid (celebrations) with family

35 What is your favorite plant?

Color changing kinds

36 What is your favorite science fact?

The largest galaxies to the tiniest atomic structure, everything follows similar orbits

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

the Adhaan, call to prayer – soul stirring

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

The ability to surprise myself

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

“Ridiculously-awesome”, okay, that’s really two.

42 What is your proudest moment?

First paper in top software engineering conference as a PhD student

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Tall, full of shade and fruits

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

Nature + people

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I am passionate about promoting Women in STEM, but you probably knew that.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Juliet Gerrard (@juliet_gerrard)