Aliya Renee Khan
social innovator. anthropologist. researcher. programmer. sustainability and fair trade advocate.

I am currently a consulting analyst at Accenture, a global technology consulting firm. I graduated in May 2019 from the University of Michigan with degrees in Anthropology and Computer Science. I am fascinated by the way humans interact with their cultural environments and with technology, and enjoy applying design thinking concepts to iterate on solutions to complex problems. In the past, I have worked in consulting, web development, photography, ethnography, education, and museum studies. I have a strong technical understanding through my experience studying Computer Science, and am also a skilled communicator and researcher through my anthropology and consulting background. In my free time, I enjoy listening to podcasts, traveling, and supporting NGOs. I am particularly passionate about helping to improve international access to education for women and girls, and hope to continually contribute my skills and resources to this cause throughout my career.

Post-Graduation Experiences

A global adventure

After graduating, I spent five months traveling (I barely made it pre-COVID!) around several countries in Europe and Asia. Much of this journey was a solo one, and I learned how to navigate many new situations, face uncertainty, and be adaptable and open-minded. I will always be grateful for the kind, welcoming people that I had the pleasure of befriending throughout the world. I am hoping to find some time soon to share my insights on this experience and consolidate them into a blog.

Work as a CDP (Consulting Development Program) Analyst at Accenture

Since October of 2019, I have been working for Accenture, a global technology consulting firm. Accenture is a very forward thinking company which emphasizes solving problems using iterative, collaborative methods. I am continually inspired by the incredible work that my colleagues at Accenture are doing every day for clients and for the world, and it has been a wonderful year of personal and professional growth

Due to client confidentiality, I cannot reveal too many specific details about my projects with Accenture, but since beginning, I have been able to:

Previous Work

Writing Portfolio

A collection of my recent work, including research, academic, narrative, and poetry.

Ethical Consumption Honors Thesis

Research, Academic Writing, and Ethnography. Conducted research and interviews in Dehradun, India from July-August 2018. Formulating an extensive 50-75 page thesis about defining ethical business practices in different contexts.

Mexican Exposures Ethnography Lab

Ethnographic Coding, Medical Anthropology, and Research. Working with a team to code an extensive library of field notes using Atlas.ti. Analyzing the social role of consumption in the lives of individuals in Mexico City.


Website, Business, and Education. Developed website and social media connections. Formulated business strategies to sell ANKURI products in the United States. Worked with students aged 6-16 to teach English in a village community.

Ruthven Museum of Natural History

Photogrammetry, 3D Modeling, Animation, and Museum Studies. Designing and rendering over 18000 frames of animation for exhibits in the new museum, which is scheduled to open in 2019.

The Gabii Project

Photogrammetry, Archaeology, 3D Modeling, and Museum Studies. Travelled to Rome, Italy to assist in photogrammetry work in the summer of 2016. September 2015 - April 2017 developed over 50 3D models of tombs and artifacts, organized project database.

iD Tech Camps

Education, Technology, and Software Engineering. Taught C++, Python, Tynker, and Autodesk Maya to classes of around 6-8 students aged 7-17. Planned and organized activities for 50+ students per week.

Functional Skills

Qualitative and Quantitative Research | Strong Written and Verbal Communication | Content Creation | Business Process Design | Project Management | Stakeholder Analysis

Technical Skills

C++ | Python | React | React Native | HTML | CSS | Java | SQL

Software Skills

Excel | PowerPoint | Power BI | Atlas.ti | Autodesk Maya | Blender | Photogrammetry | 3D Modeling

Things I am currently learning (through training/coursework)

Agile Project Management | UI/UX Design | Financial Markets | Developmental Economics

Things I hope to become an expert in someday:

Product Design | UX Research | Responsible Supply Chain | Technology for Social Good | How to Save the World from the Climate Crisis

Computer Science Coursework

EECS 498: Social Computing | EECS 485: Web Development | EECS 481: Software Engineering | EECS 376: Fundamentals of Computer Science | EECS 388: Security | EECS 203: Discrete Math | EECS 281: Data Structures and Algorithms | STATS 250: Statistics and Data Analysis

Anthropology Coursework

ANTHRCUL 327: Medicine and Healing | ANTHRCUL 330: Culture, Thought, and Meaning | ANTHRCUL 202: Ethnic Diversity in Japan | ANTHRBIO 201: Biological Anthropology | ANTHRCUL 272: Language and Society | ANTHRARC 282: Prehistoric Archaeology

Other Relevant Coursework

RCSSCI 360: Documentary Photography | RCSSCI 360: Globalization and Global India | WRITING 201: Collecting Stories | MUSEUMS 301: Museums and Society | SAC 376: New Media Theory | MATH 417: Linear Algebra | Three Semesters of Japanese Language | ASIAN 325: Zen Buddhism

Contact Me!

I am always looking for new opportunities, ideas, and friends! Please reach out if you have any questions, comments, life advice (which I always need more of), or just want to say hello :)

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