Mourad is a doctoral student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (SLAT). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Mohammed V University, Morocco, and a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Texas Tech University. His research focuses on exploring the cognitive processes that assist adult language learners to effectively learn vocabulary and the role of visual stimulation in enhancing vocabulary acquisition. Mourad investigates the relationship between working memory and language acquisition and development. He is also interested in bilingualism, textual thinking, and digital social reading. He is passionate about service learning, voluntary work, and community development, and has worked with different organizations such as the American Language Center, World Leadership School, and CorpsAfrica. In addition to his interest in research and service, Mourad enjoys playing soccer, exploring international cuisines, hiking, and photography.