When Dylan Sadiq was 10 years old, his older brother challenged him to solve a Rubik’s Cube. The promised reward? An Xbox video game.
Over the years, the excitement Sadiq felt in confronting that colorful puzzle evolved into something much larger than childhood amusement; it sparked a commitment to self-challenge that has propelled the 2022 biomedical engineering graduate into the high-profile world of professional sports.
Today, Sadiq is known as “The College Cuber.” In his basement home studio or at center court in some of the world’s most famous arenas, he builds Rubik’s-cube mosaics commissioned by some of the biggest brands in sports to drive engagement at events and across the globe through social media.
In a fascinating Faces & Voices interview held in the Biomedical Engineering Building on the Busch campus, President Jonathan Holloway sits down with Sadiq for a wide-ranging discussion on the first-generation college student’s personal journey and Rutgers experience. Among the topics discussed are his family upbringing, the mentorship and education he has received, and how he applies the many lessons to his art.
“The first thing you have to do is define a problem,” Sadiq tells Holloway. “After you define the problem, you need to do research on your problem and map out how you are going to solve it. Then you create your product and communicate the results on why it’s important. I use that engineering concept in school and in my artwork.”
The two also discuss the many clients and collaborators Sadiq has worked with, and the high-profile settings in which he has performed. Through the conversation, we learn that the skills acquired on his initial path in prosthetics engineering have proven incredibly useful while performing on a road that few have taken.
Watch Dylan Sadiq sit down with Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway on Faces & Voices of Rutgers.