Didi is a PhD candidate in Egyptian Archaeology and a National Geographic Explorer. Her dissertation centers on the reconstruction of paleolake and ancient settlement development in the Fayum using remote sensing and machine learning techniques. She was awarded a grant from the National Geographic Society to fund her research and fieldwork in the Fayum Depression.
Didi received her B.A. with Honors in Anthropology (Archaeology) and a minor in Geospatial Technologies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (2017). Her research interests include understanding ancient Egyptian settlement patterns and ancient landscapes through the lens of remote sensing, GIS, and 3D modeling. She intends to use these technologies to further propel cultural heritage preservation efforts and education initiatives in Egypt.
Didi has conducted archaeological fieldwork at several sites, including in the United States, France, and Egypt (Tell Edfu, Deir el-Bahri, Asasif), worked at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Pottery Residue Lab and interned at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. In addition, she has worked as a remote sensing research consultant at NASA Langley Research Center (2016) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2017). Most recently, in 2018, she also completed a Space Archaeology internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.