Meher Kasam




ALUM_40Under40_Logo-white-01.pngMeher Kasam

MS '12 |  San Francisco, CA

Senior Software Engineer
INDUSTRY: Technology


Meher can be described as a seasoned software engineer, a champion of accessibility and inclusion, an AI expert, an author, a sought-after public speaker and last but not least, a proud UF alumnus.

His work at Microsoft Research yielded several projects that have impacted millions of people with accessibility needs worldwide, including those with visual, hearing, learning and motor impairments. The American Council of the Blind says Meher’s work “has changed the world of technology for those who are blind.” Other organizations that applaud his work include the Federal Communications Commission, the annual Consumer Technology Association trade show and Fast Company.

His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

Meher is a tireless advocate for breaking down barriers to full inclusion and equality for disabled persons and other underrepresented communities. Through his book “Practical Deep Learning for Cloud, Mobile, and Edge” and via presentations at NASA and other venues, Meher advocates for the power of AI to transform lives and for using technical talents for social good. He also serves as a judge at the Mobile World Congress and Edison Awards.

In his spare time, Meher mentors people from underrepresented groups to transition them from non-STEM fields into the technology sector. He earned a master’s degree in computer engineering from UF in 2012 and now lives in San Francisco.