Almas enjoys competitive swimming and listening to music. She also likes challenging herself with mathematical puzzles for fun. In the future, she'd like to become a mathematician because "the possibilities in mathematics are endless."
Almas became interested in natural disasters after several high-powered storms wreaked havoc around the world in the past couple of years. For example, hurricanes in the southern and eastern United States and a tsunami in Southeast Asia took thousands of lives and cost billions in property damage. Although the timing of events such as natural disasters seems chaotic and unpredictable, Almas hypothesized that similar chaotic systems have a periodic nature that scientists could elucidate using mathematics.
Almas wrote equations detailing a chaotic system and then showed through a logical theorem that such seeming chaos has intermittent windows of orderly and periodic behavior. She calculated a universal law to explain this phenomenon. Almas proposes that applying a similar mathematic model to chaotic events such as natural disasters could eventually predict hurricanes, earthquakes, and other calamities, giving people time to protect themselves and their property.