Dip Das: Accomplished Bangladeshi Software Developer Recommends TM and ComPro

Dip Ranjan Das joined our MS in Computer Science Program (“ComPro”) at Maharishi International University (MIU) in the U.S. in August 2023. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Communications Engineering and an MBA from Bangladesh.

In this Q&A article, Dip tells the story of his career and how the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique transformed his life and made him a better software developer.

Q: Tell us about your career before MIU.

“Before joining MIU, I worked as a Chief Engineer at Samsung R&D in Bangladesh for 8 years, contributing to its technology development. After that, I spent 4 years at Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL), working in various positions, including Deputy General Manager.”

Q: Tell us about your MIU campus life.

“The MIU campus is a diverse and friendly place. I have already made friends from many countries. In the ComPro program alone, we have had students and graduates from 108 nations. The faculty, staff, and locals in Fairfield are always welcoming and supportive. The campus is surrounded by nature, with lakes, parks, and walking trails, making it a great place to study and enjoy the outdoors.”

Dip with his ComPro friends from Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and India

Dip with his ComPro friends from Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and India


Q: When did you learn TM?

“After applying to the ComPro program in March 2023, I learned the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique in Bangladesh. Since then, my awareness in life has been improving through consistent practice of the technique.”

Q: What are your thoughts on TM?

“TM is a simple technique to feel calm. Individuals dealing with stress could really benefit from learning this technique. Spreading the word about TM and making it easier for people to access it could contribute to making the world a better place. The technique is not tied to any religion, and I believe it’s okay for anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, to practice it.”

Learn more about TM here.

Q: How is TM practice helping you with your studies?

“The practice of TM has been scientifically shown to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance focus and concentration, and improve overall mental clarity.

In my own experience, doing TM for 20 minutes twice a day has boosted my confidence and allowed me to focus on academic work. Regular TM practice has helped me maintain a lasting inner calm and balance, leading to increased self-awareness.”

Learn about the scientific research conducted on TM here.

Dip practicing TM with his classmates

Dip practicing TM with his classmates


Q: Tell us about the group meditation on campus and how you see it benefit ComPro students.

“In the mornings, before breakfast, we practice TM as a group in an auditorium in the Argiro Student Center (where the college dining hall, student lounge, and many features are situated). The regular group practice in this routine helps us to improve collective awareness and reduces stress.”

Q: How do you think the TM practice can help software developers?

“From my personal experience, I can share that practicing TM not only reduces stress but also increases productivity and enhances problem-solving skills – qualities often desired in software developer positions. Therefore, it’s clear to me that software developers, like myself, can gain significant benefits from regular TM practice.”

Dip with August 2023 Entry

Dip with his fellow August 2023 entry students


Q: What encouragement would you give to software developers who are considering the ComPro program?

“I highly recommend software developers around the world to apply for the ComPro program at MIU, as it is a fantastic option to advance their careers. Additionally, practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique will enhance your well-being. Joining MIU is a wise choice.”

MIU ComPro: Making New Students Feel at Home

In our Computer Professionals (ComPro) program at Maharishi International University (MIU), we go to great lengths to ensure that our new students feel right at home as new members of our MIU family. After arriving on our campus, students attend orientations, meet existing students, explore our beautiful 391-acre campus, and participate in a special Welcome Lunch event.

In the recent November 2023 entry, 60 students from 22 Countries enrolled in our ComPro program. The diversity that these students bring to MIU has enriched our international culture.

November 2023 Welcome Lunch

New students from Ethiopia, Canada, and China at the Welcome Lunch event.


The ComPro Welcome Lunch Experience

At the Welcome Lunch, the new students got to meet and interact with our faculty and staff. The event was organized by our admissions representatives who guided the students through every step of the application process.

Our admissions director, Melissa McDowell says, “It is a joy to finally meet the new students in person who trusted us to guide them towards a better career.”

Melissa McDowell hosted the Welcome Lunch.

Melissa McDowell hosted the Welcome Lunch.


Introduction by Country

During the event, when students were introduced by country, the room was filled with cheers as they proudly stood up.

Two new students from India

Two new students from India

The November 2023 students came from the following 22 countries:

BangladeshGhanaNigeria
CambodiaIndiaPakistan
CanadaKazakhstanRwanda
ChinaLithuaniaTunisia
Cote d’IvoireMongoliaUganda
EgyptMoroccoVietnam
EritreaMyanmar
EthiopiaNepal


Faculty and Staff Introduction

Faculty members introduced themselves and gave a brief overview of the students’ upcoming academic journey. Staff members from each department within the ComPro program were also introduced.

Professor Payman Salek, a Solution Architect with over 20 years of programming experience, spoke to the new students.

Professor Payman Salek, a Solution Architect with over 20 years of programming experience, spoke to the new students.


A Token of Our Appreciation

For fun, randomly selected students received small welcome gifts.

Students from Vietnam, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Mongolia proudly display their gifts.

Students from Vietnam, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Mongolia proudly display their gifts.


Group Photo

Finally, our new students gathered outdoors for a memorable group photo. The students also took photos with their admissions representatives to share with family and friends.

Students with their admissions representative, Erica Lehman.

Students with their admissions representative, Erica Lehman.

We invite you to enjoy the Welcome Lunch photos here.

Appreciation from New Students

Testimonies from students

We wish our new students a career-enlivening and personally enriching time with us at MIU.

Learn more about our Campus Life here.

W/N Africa Recruiting for MIU MS in Computer Science

Join MIU Deans Greg Guthrie, Ph.D., and Elaine Guthrie live. Their West/North Africa tour is from Dec. 7 – Dec. 22, 2023. Reserve a free ticket to learn about our acclaimed Computer Professionals Master’s program at Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

Develop your IT career with a U.S. Computer Science Masters


Meeting in Togo:

Date & Time: Thu, December 7, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Togo Time

Location: CIMTT (Centre International de Méditation Transcendantal-Togo) | 334 rue Bekpo, Quartier Tokoin Hopital Face LTDH (Ligue Togolaise des Droits de l’Homme) | Lomé, Togo, BP 836

Reserve a free ticket


Meeting in Mauritania:

Date & Time: Sun, December 10, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Mauritania Time

Location: Hotel Monotel Dar El Barka | 32W8+Q2P, Route des Ambassades, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Reserve a free ticket


Meeting in Morocco:

Date & Time: Wed, December 13, 2023,  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Morocco Time

Location: Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche | Rue Sidi Belyout, Casablanca, 20190

Reserve a free ticket


Meeting in Tunisia:

Date & Time: Sun, Dec 17, 2023, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Bangladesh Standard Time

Location: El Mouradi Gammarth | B.P597 la marsa gammarth, La Marsa, Tunis Governorate, 2070

Reserve a free ticket


Meeting in Egypt:

Date & Time: Fri, Dec 22, 2023, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Egypt Time

Location: The GrEEK Campus Downtown | 171 El Tahrir, Ad Dawawin, Cairo Governorate, 4280102

Reserve a free ticket


Please email questions to dkrishnamoorthy@miu.edu.

Visit https://ComPro.miu.edu to learn more.

Meet Ruvimbo: MIU’s First Zimbabwean ComPro Graduate

Ruvimbo Magweregwede has a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Harare Institute of Technology in Zimbabwe, and she completed the MS in Computer Science Program (“ComPro”) at MIU in the U.S. in June 2023.

Her journey to MIU began when she saw a Facebook ad and was inspired after speaking with a ComPro graduate working at Microsoft. Ruvimbo decided that getting a Master’s degree at MIU would create a unique opportunity to learn new technologies to advance her career–so, she applied.

In this Q&A article, she tells the story of her software development success.


Q: Tell us about your career before MIU.

“Prior to joining MIU, I enjoyed a fulfilling career as a software engineer. I created a widely used E-commerce platform for over 50% of Zimbabwe’s major retailers, and also contributed to a telecom video-on-demand project and collaborated with an IBM partner, developing, and distributing BPM (Business Process Manager) products while earning valuable IBM certifications.

I am grateful for the support of my family, who wholeheartedly embraced my decision to study at MIU.”

Ruvimbo speaking to on-campus students

Ruvimbo sharing her U.S. IT experience with on-campus ComPro students during MIU 2023 graduation events

Q: What did you like most about your education at MIU?

“Studying at MIU has significantly enhanced my software development expertise and methodologies. Through hands-on project development and collaborative teamwork, I acquired essential skills to advance in my field.”

Q: What was your favorite course?

“Big Data Analytics was my favorite. Because it revealed a world where data goes beyond typical databases and storage, introducing me to data streaming, partitioning, SQL, NoSQL, and handling massive data. This ignited my passion for Data Science, my chosen specialization in ComPro.”

Q: How was the quality of instruction you received from your professors?

“One of the remarkable aspects of my MIU journey was the opportunity to learn from highly knowledgeable professors who were genuinely dedicated to our success. Also, their willingness to offer guidance and support was instrumental in helping us excel in our studies.” Learn more about our faculty here.


Q: When did you get your Paid Practicum?

“I secured my paid practicum opportunity within the first week after completing my final on-campus course, which happened to be “Career Strategies.” I applied for this opportunity through a referral I received from MIU, and the entire process was incredibly smooth.” Learn about the study options here.

Q: Thoughts on Career Center training.

“The “Career Strategies” course played an important role in shaping my job search journey. Also, it equipped me with valuable skills, such as crafting an industry-standard resume and effectively conveying my experience and skills to recruiters. Additionally, the course provided insights into what to anticipate in the job market and how to navigate cultural expectations during interviews.” Learn more about Career Center training here.

MIU ComPro Graduate Ruvimbo and her family in Fairfield

Ruvimbo and her husband work remotely from Fairfield, close to the MIU campus, where they appreciate the peaceful and safe environment.

Q: What do you think about Transcendental Meditation®?

“Transcendental Meditation is a beneficial practice that contributes to inner peace. In my personal experience, TM has been a valuable tool for rejuvenation, enhancing focus, and generally preparing for a productive and fulfilling day. It would be highly advantageous for this practice to be integrated into more educational institutions.”

Q: Is TM a religious practice?

“It’s important to clarify that TM is not tied to any specific religious beliefs; instead, it serves as a meditation technique that facilitates connection with one’s inner self, promoting both energy and tranquility.” Learn more about TM here.


Q: Tell us about your journey in the U.S. IT Market.

“Transitioning from a Software Engineer to my current role as a Senior Software Engineer at a U.S. bank (Northern Trust Company) marks significant personal and professional growth. Through this experience, I have refined my skills and adopted global best practices in software development, enhancing my proficiency in the field.

My husband Taha Metwally, who recently completed requirements for his Master’s in Computer Science degree (ComPro) at MIU, now also works as a Senior Software Engineer alongside me.”

MIU Graduate Ruvimbo at work

Ruvimbo at her work desk

Q: How do you think the ComPro program at MIU would benefit the careers of others from your home country?

“Pursuing an MS degree at MIU can significantly enhance one’s career prospects in Zimbabwe. Following the foundational knowledge acquired during your bachelor’s degree, the ComPro program provides the essential skills and confidence required for further advancement through paid practical training.”

Q: What encouragement would you give to software developers who are considering the ComPro program?

“I strongly encourage anyone considering applying for the MS in Computer Science at MIU to act without hesitation. This decision represents an excellent choice for any aspiring computer professional.”

Celebration of Success: ComPro MIU 2023 Graduation

Graduation at MIU is a joyful series of events that we host to show our appreciation for our graduates and their families. 356 students from the Computer Professionals (ComPro) program were awarded their Master of Science in Computer Science degrees at the end of the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. Among them, 200 attended graduation ceremonies held at MIU in June 2023, where we celebrated with six events over three days.

ComPro Ice-Cream Social

ComPro MIU 2023 Graduates in Argiro Student Center

Friday afternoon in the Argiro Student Center

During the event, our students on campus had the opportunity to connect with our graduates, who shared their valuable experiences in the U.S. IT market and thoughtfully answered questions.

Garden Dinner Party

A ComPro student with his wife and kid

Friday evening in front of the Argiro Student Center

Graduates and their families enjoyed a special dinner in the garden near the Argiro Student Center. This informal event provided graduates a chance to meet and reconnect with their faculty and friends.

Awards Ceremony

MIU faculty and invited community members came together to honor students from different programs who excelled in their studies. Over 300 members of our MIU family gathered in Dalby Hall to express their appreciation.

Two ComPro graduates receiving awards in Dalby Hall

Friday evening in Dalby Hall

Quoc Vinh Pham from Vietnam (left) and Ahmed Mokhtar from Egypt (right) received outstanding graduate awards, honoring their achievements as two of the ComPro graduates.

“The ComPro program offers distinctive features, including a low initial payment and the flexibility to complete the remaining payments during Curricular Practical Training (CPT). This aspect was particularly helpful to me as it allowed me to have my family by my side throughout the program,” says Vinh.

Graduating Class Photo

Graduates from all degree programs in front of Argiro

Saturday morning in front of Argiro Student Center

Graduates from all degree programs assembled to pose for a memorable class photo.

MIU Graduation Ceremony

The main event, the graduation ceremony, took place in the Golden Dome on the MIU campus. The commencement speaker, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field of cardiology, and also the promotion of women’s heart health.

ComPro MIU 2023 Graduation in the Golden Dome

Saturday afternoon in the Golden Dome

At last, our ComPro graduates gathered outside the Golden Dome for group photos.

The MIU Graduation 2023 commencement video can be seen here.

ComPro MIU Picnic

On the final day, of the ComPro MIU graduation events, we joined for a picnic at Waterworks Park. This gathering also provided our graduates a chance to strengthen the bonds formed during the program. Also, food from five different Fairfield restaurants, offering Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, Ethiopian, and Italian cuisines, added variety. Especially, a standout was Injera, a traditional Ethiopian dish.

Celebration of Success through a Picnic in Waterworks Park

Sunday afternoon in Waterworks Park

Following lunch, fun games including tug of war, canoeing, cornhole, and water blasters filled the park with enjoyment.

Finally, as members of the MIU family, we all carry these special moments with us, cherishing the memories, and looking toward to the bright futures of our graduates. We wish them happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

Appreciation from a Few Graduates

Appreciation from a Few ComPro MIU Graduates

The ComPro MIU Graduation 2023 photo album can be seen here.

MIU to Microsoft: The Journey of Dr. Denekew Jembere

We are pleased to feature Dr. Denekew Jembere, who completed the MS in Computer Science Program (known as Computer Professionals or ComPro) at MIU and has made significant contributions as a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft. He has also earned a Ph.D. specializing in the field of Data Science.

Life at MIU

Denekew’s journey in technology in the USA has been remarkable. It all began in January 2005 when he joined the ComPro program at MIU. During his time as a student, Denekew’s leadership skills were recognized, and he was voted as the Student Government Representative for ComPro.

Denekew Jembere graduated with his MSCS ComPro degree at MIU in June 2008

Graduated with his MSCS ComPro degree in June 2008

In October 2005, he started working at Microsoft as part of his CPT (Curricular Practical Training) program. This allowed him to gain practical experience in the industry while he was still studying.

“The CPT training (Career Strategies Workshop) at MIU equipped me with a wide range of valuable skills and knowledge necessary for success in my career journey,” says Denekew. “I gained valuable insights and skills in American business culture’s ethical, legal, and social expectations, as well as developing the expertise to prepare a professional resume.”

The journey of Denekew Jembere from MIU to Microsoft

Following the completion of the ComPro program in 2008, he embarked on his current successful career as a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft. Microsoft’s Inside Track newsletter showcases one of his impactful works.

Denekew Jembere (far right) with MIU ComPro students at Microsoft

Denekew (far right) with ComPro students at Microsoft

Denekew’s personal life has also undergone significant changes throughout his educational and professional journey. In 2006, his future wife, Misrak enrolled at MIU, following in his footsteps. She began her CPT at Microsoft in 2007. Today, she holds the position of Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft.

Denekew Jembere and Misrak are blessed with four children, ranging from 7 to 15 years old

Denekew and Misrak are blessed with four children, ranging from 7 to 15 years old.

Ph.D. in Data Science Specialization

Driven by his passion for knowledge, Denekew pursued a Ph.D. in Technology Innovation Management, specializing in Data Science. As a result, he completed his Ph.D. in July 2022.

Receiving his Ph.D. from Northcentral University in San Diego, California

Denekew Jembere’s Contributions to MIU and in the Field of Technology

2009: Denekew provided programming classes and raised funds for MIU ComPro students during the recession.

2015: Collaborated with Microsoft to train 35 Ethiopian colleges and universities in MS Office 365, benefiting 1.5 million students.

2018: Developed an app to streamline document processing for Ethiopian citizens abroad. 60 Ethiopian Embassies and consular offices worldwide adopted it.

2019: Offered lectures on Big Data Analytics at ten universities, gaining media attention (such as on the Ethiopian Fana Television) for his valuable contributions to technology in Ethiopia.

2023: Provided virtual lectures on Data Science and Machine Learning courses to MSc and Ph.D. students at six Ethiopian Universities.

2023: Delivered a Tech Talk to the current ComPro students providing a comprehensive understanding of ML-based feature development projects and emphasizing the various roles that audiences can assume as direct or indirect contributors. See the video of his talk.

Providing Lectures on Big Data in Ethiopia in 2021

In conclusion, Denekew’s commitment to technology, education, and philanthropy has made him a notable role model, bringing about positive change, and also influencing others.

“I wholeheartedly encourage software developers in Ethiopia and elsewhere to seize the opportunity and pursue the MIU CS program,” shares Denekew. “The ComPro program was the gateway to the wealth of knowledge that elevated my skills.”

Denekew’s latest profile can be found here on LinkedIn.

Fairfield, Iowa (Home of MIU): Climate Change Safe Haven?

Residents and students at MIU are well aware of the many benefits and advantages of living in Fairfield, Iowa.


Local benefits and advantages include:

• Low cost of living • Excellent schools

• Pure air • Beautiful sunrises and sunsets

• Natural beauty • Abundance of indoor and outdoor recreation and sports facilities

• No traffic jams • Closeness of shopping and international dining

• Low property costs • Organic food availability

• Harmonious diverse population • Low crime rate

• Friendly Iowa people • Sustainable agriculture and energy production

• Rich array of arts and entertainment

Natural beauty on the MIU campus

Mother Nature’s safe zone

During recent rare strong winds, weather radar shows how Fairfield (see blue dot) was spared from damage.

Is it possible for a city to be safe from the negative effects resulting from climate change, severe weather events, and natural disasters?

By looking at official data from government and NGOs, and by observing the trends and specific events that have occurred in Fairfield, Iowa (the home of MIU) over the past several decades, some very interesting trends can be seen:

Severe weather events — Data from the Severe Events Database of the National Centers for Environmental Information for 99 Iowa counties from 2010 – 2020, show that Jefferson County (home of MIU) ranks in the top 3% for the fewest severe weather events in Iowa.

• Natural disasters: No earthquakes, mudslides, forest fires, floods, hurricanes. In the last 55 years (since 1968), there have been no tornadoes within 2 miles of Fairfield, Iowa (USA.com)

• Drought effects — No severe lasting droughts here

• No drinking water concerns — Never restricted for poor quality

• No wild forest fires or pollution from distant forest fires. Air quality index (AQI) is almost always good to moderate

• No potentially hazardous large fossil fuel pipelines

• Four distinct annual climatic seasons with some high temperatures in summer and some low temperatures in winter.

• No major winter storms — last 20+ years

With all the fresh air and recreation options, our students balance their demanding academic routine with outdoor fun.

Conclusion

So, based on the data and several decades of observations, we conclude that Fairfield, Iowa is indeed a relatively safe haven from the problems, challenges, and difficulties that our rapidly changing planet is experiencing due to the climate changes resulting from global warming.

We invite future students and your families to experience our unique and special environment by attending MIU and considering making Fairfield your new home.

Learn more about life in Fairfield by clicking here.

 

Emdad Khan, PhD: AI, ML & Digital Transformation Expert

Professor Emdad Khan is an expert in AI, ML, and global digital transformation


We are pleased to shine the spotlight on Dr. Emdad Khan, a highly experienced computer science professor at MIU, and an accomplished industry leader. Dr. Khan’s expertise lies in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and his contributions have significantly contributed to the applied computer science field.

Scholarly Contributions

Professor Khan holds 23 patents and has published over 75 journal & conference papers on intelligent Internet, natural language processing/understanding, speech recognition, machine learning, big data, bioinformatics, software engineering, neural nets, fuzzy logic, intelligent systems, and more.

The AI Course at Maharishi International University

Dr. Khan’s AI course in the master’s degree program at MIU delves into the intricacies of AI, exploring topics such as machine learning, lifelong machine learning (see video), natural language processing, computer vision, and neural networks. Through a combination of theoretical lectures, hands-on projects, and real-world case studies, students are equipped with introductory skills and knowledge to orient them to the complex challenges of AI.

Meet the Founder and CEO of InternetSpeech

In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Khan is the visionary founder and CEO of InternetSpeech, a leading technology company at the forefront of speech recognition and natural language processing. Under Dr. Khan’s leadership, InternetSpeech has revolutionized the way we interact with technology, enabling voice commands and speech-to-text capabilities across various applications and platforms. His entrepreneurial journey demonstrates the practical application of AI in transforming industries and improving user experiences.

“InternetSpeech is also focusing on conversational AI that can help users interact with the Internet/Intranet for a long meaningful conversation, integrating numerous applications,” adds Dr. Khan.

Professor Khan teaching Machine Learning (ML) class (CS 582)

In March 2023, at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Robotics: ROBOTFORUM 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Professor Khan gave a plenary talk on AI & Digital Transformation (see p.6) which describes how AI is driving a multi-trillion dollar industry of digital transformation.

AI revolutionizes industries, automates processes, improves decision-making, and enhances experiences, transforming the world into a digitally-driven ecosystem.

In conclusion, Professor Emdad Khan is an accomplished computer science professor at MIU and a visionary entrepreneur. As we witness the ever-growing influence of AI, we are fortunate to have Dr. Khan inspiring our Computer Professionals Program master’s degree students–paving the way for a future driven by intelligent technologies.

To learn more about our Data Science specialization, please click here.

For more information about Dr. Khan, visit his MIU profile.

The Love of an Admissions Counselor: Abigail Stickels

Abigail Stickels joined the ComPro admissions team in 2020. She loves every bit of her work as an admissions counselor and helps her applicants to smoothly transition through the application steps and steer them toward a better career.

She conducts practice interviews to prepare them to face the visa interview. “The best joy in my position is reading the words, “I got my visa today”, says Abigail. “I walked in my first day of work and was greeted by the most peaceful, kind, and beautiful humans, whom I still adore”.

Abigail with the ComPro Admissions Team in 2021

Abigail has a passion to travel the world. In 2022 alone, she visited six countries in Africa, Europe, and South America and five states in the U.S. Through her love and knowledge of different cultures, and lifestyles, she is able to create a special connection with her international applicants.

In Cairo, Egypt, and San Pedro, Guatemala

Lakpa Sherpa, a current ComPro student from Nepal says, “Abigail’s unwavering support was invaluable and made my journey a lot smoother. I must mention that our relationship went beyond that of a mere counselor and student. We developed a good friendship, which I cherish to this day.”

“Abigail Stickels is awesome! She is very friendly, fast, and always happy to help. We had enjoyable exchanges throughout my application to MIU. She stayed in touch and made sure I had the best services and experience in my travels to MIU as well,” shares Amanuel Berihun.

When she is not exploring the land, she dives deep to experience the world beneath the surface. “Into the sea, I go to lose my mind and find my soul,” says Abigail.

Marsa Alam, Egypt

Abigail is now working with the main MIU admissions team to help applicants from other departments. Still, through her vibrant nature, she continues to bring joy to our ComPro students living on campus.

Professor Siamak Tavakoli: High-Flying IT Expert Joins Faculty

Professor Siamak Tavakoli excels in hardware and software R&D, and teaching


The faculty and students in our Computer Science Department are delighted that Professor Siamak Tavakoli has recently starting teaching full-time on our campus in Fairfield, Iowa. With apparent boundless energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and curiosity, Dr. Tavakoli has mastered a remarkable diversity of technical subject areas in order to solve a very large range of R&D challenges, and he plans to inspire his students for great careers.

How did he learn about MIU?

MIU Professor Payman Salek has known Siamak for many years:

“I met Siamak when I was 18 during our first year of college. We were both accepted to the Electrical Engineering department at Tehran Polytechnic in Iran. We hung out with the same group of friends, and we were both mountain climbers, and often went on long hikes. We became friends, and he was one of the best men at my wedding.

“Over the years, we worked on microprocessor-based projects and conquered a few mountain peaks together, and continued our friendship after college.

“I moved to the U.S. to attend the ComPro MSCS program a little over 20 years ago, and Siamak moved to the UK to work on his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Brunel University London, but we kept in touch over the years and exchanged messages every now and then.

“When I posted about a faculty position on LinkedIn, Siamak immediately sent me a message and stated his interest. He was soon interviewed and hired as a faculty member at MIU. Siamak is probably one of the smartest people I have met in my life, and I am so glad that we managed to hire him as a Computer Science faculty.”

Work and teaching experience

Dr. Tavakoli summarizes his past experiences and contributions as an IT professional:

“I left a strong footprint in the IoT industry where both hardware and software systems present challenges. I have triggered many projects, solved many core problems in the projects, created successful out of the box solutions, brought several projects to startup and then to scale up, and have transferred knowledge and experience in both academic and industrial environments.”

  • Major research areas have included:
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Machine Learning and Full Stack System Architectural design
  • R&D lifecycle – all stages
  • Over the last 20+ years, Siamak Tavakoli has focused on these areas of investigation:
  • Embedded System design and development
  • Electronic Circuit and System design and development
  • Sensor Integration / Data Acquisition
  • Drone Flight Automation / AI and robotics
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Image / Voice Processing
  • Numerical Algorithm design and development
  • System Performance modelling, simulation and estimation
  • Information / Distributed Systems design and development
  • Data Mining
  • Dimensionality Reduction
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Postgraduate Teaching
  • Supervising degrees / postgraduates / PhD projects
  • Lab development, lab infrastructure, system testing

He continues, “Research and Development has always been a part of my life. I will continue this at MIU. There are certain fields and disciplines where I am interested in doing research. With the support of enthusiastic students, there are many projects that can enjoy growth to realization The needs of the local community are also being explored and identified to complete the list.”

Professor Tavakoli teaching Software Architecture (SWA) class

Transcendental Meditation (TM)

Siamak first learned about TM from Payman Salek during their undergraduate college days.

About three years ago, with the large number of projects he was managing, Siamak searched for methods to help release the stress associated with all these responsibilities. After unsuccessfully trying several techniques, he turned his attention to finding an effective one, and started TM in mid-2021 in the UK.

Personally, Professor Tavakoli reports, “I have enjoyed the tranquility of the moment, and stress-free state of mind that the Transcendental Meditation technique gives me. Students practicing TM report having a clear head, with a strong experience of peacefulness and growing self-confidence.”

Future Plans

Dr. Tavakoli has over 20 years of commercial technical consulting experience, and is planning to found an MIU technical incubator in the future. This will allow students with ideas for new applications to collaborate with MIU faculty to bring their projects to fruition.

Students getting personal attention in SWA class

Professor Tavakoli enjoys spending time reading books, and participating in sports such as paragliding and running.

When not teaching, doing research, or solving IT industry challenges, Dr. Siamak Tavakoli is an avid paragliding enthusiast and runner.

Advice for future students:

“If you are searching for a focused academic program that develops mental growth in supporting your progress, there is no healthier place than MIU,” Dr. Tavakoli concludes.