Record Number of Computer Science Master’s Graduates

Graduates throwing capsOn June 24th, Maharishi University of Management awarded 579 academic degrees to a record number of graduates from 55 nations—a more than 1/3 increase from last year.

More than 60% of this year’s graduates received Master of Science in Computer Science degrees, and this total of about 350 may be a new single graduation U.S. record for campus-based, non-online master’s in computer science programs.


Computer Science Department commencement activities occurred over three days:

  1. Friday: Ice Cream Social, Garden Dinner Party, Awards Ceremony (See photos below)
  2. Saturday: Graduation Day (See photos below)
  3. Sunday: Annual Computer Science Picnic (See photos & video below)

1. Friday, June 23rd, graduating students returned from their curricular practical training internships all around the U.S., to an atmosphere of homecoming, since most had been away for two years.

In the afternoon, the first event was an ice cream social with current on-campus students, where our returning students passed on lots of friendly and helpful advice to the current students.

3 men at ice cream socialIce cream social

Next, was a garden dinner party where graduates, their guests, and MUM faculty enjoyed catching up with each other while eating a delicious outdoor picnic meal.

Vietnamese group at garden party5 close friends

The third event on Friday occurred after dinner at our annual Graduation Awards Ceremony, where each department and academic program honored their top graduate(s). This is always an emotional and highly impressive evening of short speeches by faculty and outstanding students.

Because of the large number of MSCS graduates, this year four graduates were given outstanding student awards in our graduate program. Our outstanding students were: Samuel Bacha Heye (Ethiopia), Manoj Shrestha (Nepal), Kashif Shabih (Pakistan), and Achal Jain (India). Congratulations!

4 ComPro outstanding students

See many photos from Friday’s events here.

2. Saturday, June 24th was Graduation Day—starting with graduating student and class photos in the morning at the Argiro Student Center.

Five graduates having fun in Argiro Student Center4 ladies getting ready to graduate

Following lunch, the Commencement Ceremony highlighted the 3-days’ festivities.

Congressman Tim Ryan gave the Commencement address.

This year’s Commencement speaker was the Honorable Tim Ryan, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio. Congressman Ryan has served in the House of Representatives since 2003, and has taken a national leadership role in improving access to healthcare, promoting ways to make college more affordable, and expanding renewable energy.

He has also raised awareness about the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, and is working to make it accessible to hundreds of thousands of veterans.

4 men holding caps in the air2 couples and child

See many photos from Graduation Day here.

3. Sunday was the Computer Science Department’s end-of-year picnic at nearby Waterworks Park.

Chinese familyCanoeing

Delicious food was brought in from favorite local restaurants, and all our faculty, staff, graduates, current students, and their families enjoyed friendly, competitive games and outdoor summer recreational activities.

Bag race at picnicHappy picnic champions

See many photos from the Computer Science picnic here.

***If you haven’t seen the picnic videobe sure to see it here***

We wish continued personal and professional success to all our graduates, and look forward to following their careers.

East Asian Recruiting Tour

Guthries leaving for East Asian recruiting tour

East Asian Recruiting Tour: Computer Professionals Master’s Program

The Computer Professionals Master’s Program at Maharishi University of Management is one of the most unique, popular and successful Computer Science M.S. programs in the United States, with 1777 graduates from 80 nations since 1996, and more than 1000 current students. The program combines the advanced academics of a graduate level Master’s Degree in Computer Science with practical applications in the advanced technical companies in the US.


In response to the thousands of inquiries and applications we receive every year from East Asia, Greg Guthrie, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus of the School of Computer Science, Dean of Academic Technology, and Professor of Computer Science, and Computer Science Program Director Elaine Guthrie will be traveling to Vietnam, Mongolia, China, the Philippines and Singapore from mid-May through June 2017 to meet with prospective students and top universities in each nation.

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Computer Science students and graduates with bachelor’s degrees are invited to meet the Guthrie’s at lectures and meetings scheduled below.

Happy and Friendly Students Enjoy Maharishi University of Management

For questions and comments on this tour, please email us here.


Ha Noi: May 19th, (6:30-8:30 PM): Khach San Ha Noi D8, Giang Vo Street, Ba Dinh Dist. Ha Noi. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

Da Nang: May 21st, (9:00 AM – 10:30 AM): 16 Le Thanh Ton, Ward Hai Chai 1, District Hai Chau. Tp Da Nang. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

HoChiMinh City: May 24th, (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM): 68 Vo Thi Sau Street, 5th Floor, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1. HoChiMinh City. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

HoChiMinh City: May 26th, (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM): TM Center, 4th floor, Ý Bản Office Building, 69-71 Thach Thi Thanh, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1. HoChiMinh City. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.


Ulaanbaatar: May 28th, (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM): Eduworld Education Center, 2nd Floor, Ard Ayush Ave. Ulaanbaatar 16060.

Ulaanbaatar: June 3rd, (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM): National Information Technology Park; Sukyhbaatar district, Baga toiruu-49. Ulaanbaatar-21646.


Beijing: June 11th, (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM): Zhongguancun Development Building, No. 12 Xinxi Lu, Shangdi, Haidian District, Beijing.


Manila: June 24th, (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM): Tropicana Suites, 1630 Luis Maria Guerrero Street Malate, Manila Philippines 1004. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

Cebu: July 1st, (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM): Maxwell Hotel, N. Escario St., Cebu City. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

Cebu: July 1st, (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM): Maxwell Hotel, N. Escario St., Cebu City. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.


Singapore: June 27th, (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM): International Plaza, 10 Anson Road, #36-05A, Singapore 079903. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

For questions and comments on this tour, please email us here.

Data Science Track Added to MUM Curriculum

 To prepare our students for the enormous growing global employment opportunities in Data Management, MUM is now offering a Data Science Track for computer science and mathematics students.


According to MUM Computer Science Department Professor Emdad Khan:

“Data Science, which dominates today’s numerical data-driven world, is the key for the Next Generation Internet, which will be driven by text data, multi-media data, Intelligent Agents, and Machine Learning. In this environment, Natural Language Computing and Cognitive Computing capabilities will create many attractive applications.”


The Data Science Track will prepare our students and graduates for careers as Data Scientists and Chief Data Officers (CDO) throughout the business world.

The Power of Data Science: (from Dataversity)

  • Has the capability to provide accurate solutions to business problems
  • Enables better business decisions and accurate study of the impact of such decisions
  • Can make more exact predictions about the future when both human intuition and experience fail

The limitations of science and technology that previously limited the power of Data Science are eroding, and the Data Management industry can expect some major changes to sweep through global Data Science practices in 2017:

  1. Machine Learning to Rule the Industry
  2. ‘Internet of Things’ Data Streams to Conquer Traditional Business Intelligence
  3. Big Data Technology Spending will Boom
  4. Hadoop Market will Persistently Grow
  5. Data Science will Dominate Healthcare Business Intelligence and Analytics
  6. 25% of Enterprises will Recruit a Chief Data Officer (CDO) in 2017

Current DS courses for Mathematics and Computer Science students include: Big DataBig Data Analytics, and Machine Learning. In the near future we plan to add more courses including Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence.

UPDATE:  4-30-2024

The Data Science courses are listed individually on the MIU transcript, but they are not eligible for being a stand-alone academic designation of “track or specialization.”  To recognize the data science course accomplishment, MIU issues a Certificate of Completion in Data Science, listing all the courses successfully completed in that concentration of Data Science courses.

Professor Khan Data Science video.

For more information please contact:
Computer Professionals Program Admissions
Maharishi University of Management
Fairfield, Iowa, USA

In Challenging Times, MIU is Safe & Friendly

With increasing opportunities for foreign travel for professional education, there are certain universal concerns shared by all students and their families…. Will an American university be safe? Will I be happy? Will it be worth the cost and separation from friends and family? Will it improve my life?

Since 1996, approximately 5000 software engineers from 108 nations (as of 11-2023) have ventured to Fairfield, Iowa in the heartland of the United States to enroll in the Computer Professionals Program at Maharishi University of Management. Every one of these students has come with these same questions and hopes.

For answers to these questions, let’s see what our students have to say:

“After coming to the MIU campus, I feel a very positive ambiance around me. Every person is very friendly, helpful and alert. The professors radiate positive energy, and that reflects in our study. The campus environment is so pure, free from all nuisances. I feel really happy and safe here.” —Nirali Bheda (India)

“When I decided to choose the U.S. for my Masters in Computer Science, in addition to the quality of education, I was concerned about how friendly and safe the place would be. After coming here I realize that it can’t get friendlier than this—the faculty, as well as fellow students are super friendly and I feel at home. We are living on-campus so we’re close to class, campus events, and friends. The whole of Fairfield is a very safe place to live with a very low crime rate. “–Chandillyan (Sri Lanka)

“I was very happy to study at MUM, where I felt warmth, happiness, love and a friendly international family. I feel lucky getting to know and live with all the people at MIU who are super friendly and nice. The low pressure creates a perfect environment for studying. I do miss the big international family there, and wish you all the best, my family. :)” —Xiaowei Wan (China)

“Fairfield has a quiet, peaceful environment with great beauty, and the people here are warm and delightful. This community is awesome. I have made friends with people from different countries and am loving it here. I will miss this a lot when I leave.” —Stanley Kariuki (Kenya)

“Being at MIU is like being at home—safe and peaceful.” —Revanth Kunchakurti (India)

“All people here are very friendly and I feel safe here. Before I came, I thought that being far from my family would be very difficult for me. Although I miss my family, here I have a new family.” —Anonymous (Iran)

“Beautiful campus, peaceful town, kind people, fresh air, healthy food, a wonderful place to live and study. It’s heaven. I even hope to live the rest of my life here if it is possible.” – Chunming Cao (China)

“Fairfield is a very peaceful place. Like a family, everyone knows each other. Everyone gives their smile as a gift for others—that’s enough to make someone’s day.  And MIU is the heart of all these sources. I feel proud to think of myself as a member of this University. Although I am new in this place, I feel that I belong here.” —Md. Zahedul Khan (Bangladesh)

“MUM is very peaceful—full of friendly students from all over the world. It is just amazing.” —Tsengel Gerelsaikhan (Mongolia)

“Fairfield is a quiet, safe, peaceful town. People are very friendly. It’s a perfect environment for research and studying.” —Vu Pham (Vietnam)

“I appreciate the peaceful nature of everyone who lives in Fairfield. I am a foreigner, but they treat me very well—like a friend. Professors are just like your friends. This is very important. So far, I have had the opportunity to learn lots of modern programming principles from Prof. Lester and Dr. Guthrie. They are powerful in teaching. The energy of the faculty inspires me.” —Anonymous (Iran)

“I love this place and the university. The best thing about MIU is that it’s totally unique in the world, because practicing the TM® technique connects my life with my education. Everyone at MUM is helpful, supporting and loving. MUM is a big family, and I am so happy to be in this family.”–Rajendra Joshi (Nepal)

“The healthy and relaxing environment at MIU is a retreat from the busy city workplace. People (even strangers) are nice and friendly. There is very low crime rate. The campus is surrounded by walking trails & lakes, which is very nice for a nature-lover like me. I enjoy the healthful organic food.” —Princess Dianne Bungay (Philippines)

“Being at MIU has been a really good experience for me. It’s amazing to be a part of the great diversity, enjoying company of friends, faculty and staff from around the world. Fairfield is a wonderful place with excellent people. Everywhere I go, I see people with smiles on their faces, always welcoming. It is a fantastic place for students.” —Sanjeev Khadka (Nepal)

“I love the friendly environment, and the welcoming, home-like attitude of the students and staff. I also admire the peace and serenity of the people of Fairfield.” —Adebayo Ajibade (Nigeria)

“In my opinion, the community here is very wonderful. You start making friends in no time. MUM’s campus is amazing, and Fairfield is spectacular in its quiet and loving atmosphere.” —Akram Malkawe (Jordan)

“I have experienced a very friendly campus community with students from many countries, where all the faculty are very kind. I learned the TM technique, which I find very beneficial and enjoyable. Fairfield is my ideal place, where I would like to live my whole life if possible. I like this peaceful, friendly, cultural and creative city.” —Lei Fan (China)

“At MIU you can meet people from everywhere, and they are friendly and kind. It is different here compared to the city I came from. The town is very safe—you can walk around without worries.” —Juan Pablo Ramirez (Colombia)

With most of our students coming as a result of recommendations from previous MIU students, the MSCS program is attracting students from around the world. Current enrollment is exceeding expectations. 135 students enrolled in our previous August entry, and we now offer four entries every year.

To meet this rapid growth, additional senior faculty are being hired, more classrooms are being prepared, and plans for construction of a larger Computer Science building are under way. The U.S. IT market is booming, and experienced software developers are invited to join us.

MUM Student Intern Wins Amazon Award

MUM Student Intern Wins Amazon Award

In professional sports, top performing first-year athletes receive a lot of public attention. In the IT industry, Amazon has a top “rookie” performer in Amarbayar (Amar) Amarsanaa.

In his first year working for Amazon Fulfillment Technologies DevOps (Development Operations) team, Amar was named “Associate of the Month” in recognition of his contribution to, and impact on one of the Software Development Engineer (SDE) teams he was supporting when he reduced their operating issues by 86%. He also was promoted to DevOps IV!

According to Amar, “Operational excellence is something my employer takes seriously, as we (Amazon) continue to strive to be the earth’s most customer-centric company. We don’t stop at just innovating, building and launching — but we also make sure our services are optimized, efficient, reliable, available and accurate. In executing these plans, we identify manual, repetitive work and take the initiative to automate it to save our and others’ time.”

Recently, Amar teamed up with another engineer on his team to automate the process of data consolidation, which had been done manually by engineers. This automated process is now used by engineers, SDE teams and managers to drive their teams’ service operational excellence. The automation saves 2-3 hours per engineer, per week, and it is widely used by 12+ teams, and counting. During the October 2016 organization meeting, including teams from the US, Canada and India, Amazon leadership recognized their effort, and awarded Amar and his colleague the honorable, “Operational Excellence” award. Quite an honor for a “rookie!”

International Educational Background

Amar has always enjoyed traveling. He left his native Mongolia at 14 to attend an English-speaking high school in Poland, and later enrolled in a U.S. university where he graduated on the Dean’s List with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. The university President named him Outstanding Student of the Year. During this time he also excelled in playing piano and guitar.

After college, Amar was named Employee of the Year at a software company in North Dakota, and won a photography award. As the following photos illustrate, Amar is a talented and accomplished photographer with a sense of humor!

Later, while studying in a graduate computer networking program in Korea, he learned about the MUM Master’s in Computer Science. Amar was attracted by the curriculum, healthful diet and quality living conditions at MUM.

Academics at MUM

Amar applied to our Computer Professionals (ComPro) Program and began classes at MUM in June 2014, where he also became a resident advisor, and Computer Science representative to the MUM student association.

According to Amar, “The quality of the education offered in the ComPro program is outstanding. Not only do the faculty have remarkable industry backgrounds, but they are always up-to-date on the newest technologies, so that students can be assured they are learning the best from the best.

In addition, team projects bring up a great opportunity for students to collaborate, solve real-world problems, present their solutions to meet extremely high requirements imposed by the professors — and at the end of the day, we come out with solid project experience, which helps in finding internships.”

Life on the MUM Campus

“Academically, the ComPro program sets high standards for its students. To support total student development, MUM provides a very comfortable and healthful living environment, so that students can take on the challenges of academic life when they are at their best. People talk about work-life balance, and I feel that the balance of academic work and life at MUM was perfect… this is what I enjoyed the most about living at MUM.”

Benefits of learning the Transcendental Meditation® Technique

“Another reason I chose MUM was the opportunity of doing the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM). TM is one of the fundamentals on which the university was built. It is a simple mental technique that relieves stress, improves thinking and creativity, and increases your energy level. I have a high respect for it. The biggest benefit of TM for me is that it helps me relax, and then have sharper focus on complex issues, resulting in comprehensive and satisfying solutions without stress,” says Amar.

Internship at Amazon & Life in the Seattle Area

After completing eight months of on-campus courses in Fairfield, Iowa, Amar was hired in 2015 to do his Curricular Practical Training (CPT) internship as a DevOps Engineer with Amazon Fulfillment Technologies in Seattle, Washington. He enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest, where he pursues his passion for natural outdoor environments, working out, photography, music, and social involvement in worthy causes.

Advice for Other Software Engineers

Amar enjoyed his time on our campus: “There are so many advantages at MUM. I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have had the opportunity to be a part of it: Low upfront cost, outstanding academic program, remarkable faculty and staff, opportunity to work with skilled professionals from other countries, a dedicated career strategies class (resume reviews, interview preps, mock-up interviews, job searching techniques), internal job fair network, organic meals, comfortable living environment, sports facilities, events, activities and clubs. And most notably, 99% placement rate for internships!”

“Therefore, I would definitely advise students and working professionals from around the world to take advantage of this great opportunity. Check out the admissions requirements, make sure you meet or exceed the requirements, and apply!

Be prepared to get challenged and be prepared to embrace all the positive outcomes you will get from the ComPro program. Also, for success at MUM and in the US, you need very good English skills!”

Future Plans

“I plan to continue developing myself personally and professionally. In addition to growing at Amazon, I hope to impact the world using technology to solve day-to-day problems that people face, and possibly starting a company with friends and/or business partners.”

“I will also continue participating in the same non-profit areas that I am part of today, to help the next generations of Mongolians achieve their personal and professional goals through coaching and mentoring. ”

Additional Appreciation

“I will be graduating this December. It has been a dynamic and rewarding ride since I became a ComPro student. One of my favorite courses was Advanced Software Development with Dr. Guthrie, because it has helped tremendously in my professional work.”

“I will be forever thankful for everyone I have met during my student life at MUM. I have made some wonderful, life-long friends in the beautiful natural MUM environment, and hope to participate in the commencement next spring to reconnect with my fellow ComPro students, faculty and friends. I will continue upholding the name of MUM and will always be a proud ComPro alumnus!”

Amar would like to thank his parents for their tireless and continuous support in every moment of his life, and for raising him to be who he is today. “Thanks mum and thanks dad!”

Note: Amar works at Amazon and the postings on this page are his own and don’t necessarily represent Amazon’s position.

Computer Scientist Changing Lives of Young Women in Rural India

It is not so unusual that a 14-year old teenager in Lucknow, India might teach herself to use a computer. But when Promila Bahadur accomplished this in 1991, what she did with this knowledge has profoundly changed the lives of many young women in a poor, rural village just 15 kilometers from her home.

When Promila would visit the nearby village of Nizam Pur, located in Chinhat Block, Lucknow District in Uttar Pradesh, she always felt uncomfortable that village residents, and especially young girls, had no opportunities to gain an education. In this village, and thousands like it throughout India, young women were expected to learn to cook and take care of a home, get married, and then raise a family. But this ongoing cycle of poverty and illiteracy has perpetuated a largely unfulfilled population in rural India.

So, without concern for what other people might think, and with the blessings of her parents, she started visiting the village with a computer, and began teaching computer literacy to young women. Her students’ parents approved of her helping their children. Promila was self-motivated to help strengthen Indian society by empowering girls to become the mothers of a literate society.

Using her own money, she started the Guru Computer Education Center (2004), later renamed the Guru Institute of Information Technology, bought more computers, rented an office for $70 per month, and eventually hired local staff. The initial class included seven girls, and later she included boys and some older women, taking on more than 60 students at a time.

Hoisting the Indian flag at the Guru Institute of Information Technology.
To date, Promila has trained over 2000 individuals, including youth, women, elderly and children!

For Promila, “The motivation comes from the fact that God has bestowed the power of creativity on women. One of my high school teachers told me that, ‘A literate mother can give a literate society.’ So, women empowerment is a must!”

Government Recognition

In 2004, the government of Uttar Pradesh recognized and approved Promila as the first Village Level Entrepreneur (VLE) to start a Common Service Center (CSC) for improving the day-to-day needs of rural Indians. Even people in neighboring villages started depending on her CSC for various services. They were not computer literate, so she began imparting computer education to the people of her chosen village and the neighboring villages.

Last year, at a National Conference of CSCs hosted by the Government of India, Promila was selected as one of only six out of 500 VLEs in all of India to receive a special banner!

Honorable IT Minister Shri Ravi Shankar ji acknowledged the institutional services made to society through Promila’s Common Service Center.
Success Stories

Promila relates three of the many success stories of her Center:

    • Uzma Irfaan
      “Uzma joined our Institute 11 years back while she was in high school. She is from an orthodox Muslim family. Generally the family does not permit their daughters to pursue higher education. Her father, a farmer, approached me, and asked for suggestions for his daughter’s future education. On my suggestion, Uzma finished her undergraduate degree in Computer Science and later on earned a masters in Business Management. She is currently teaching professional courses in our Institute.”

Uzma Irfaan’s student receiving award from Promila. Uzma is the Instructor in the back.

    • Manoj Kumar Yadav
      “Manoj is a student from our first batch started in 2014. He was an undergraduate. He was looking for some skill development courses which could help him find a job in the market. Manoj did three years of professional computer courses from our Institute. He also did a Master’s in Computer Application. Later, he also joined our institute as Instructor. Currently Manoj is working with a university as an Instructor for undergraduate technical courses.”
  • Sunil Kumar
    “Sunil has the most amazing story. When he joined us in 2014, he was working as an office boy at a university. He was an undergraduate, and later learned professional computer education at our Institute. I was really surprised to find that after finishing courses from our Institute, Sunil started working as a Computer Operator in the same university. This meant moving up from Grade IV to Grade III.”

Additional Personal Accomplishments

Promila’s life has changed in many ways since starting her Institute: She has completed her MCA, and MTech degrees in Computer Science, has gotten married, and obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Uttrakhand Technical University in India. Her scholarly work is on multidisciplinary research in Natural Language Processing, which involves incorporation of English, Sanskrit and computer languages.

She has also given birth to two beautiful children! In 2015, she and her children moved to Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, where she is currently Assistant Professor of Computer Science.

Promila with her 6-year old son and 3-year old daughter outside the Maharishi School.
Interest in Maharishi University of Management

Promila decided to come to MUM for a number of reasons: (1) She liked the idea that the University teaches on the block system, providing students the opportunity to study and go deeply into each course, full-time, for a month. (2) Because of MUM faculty interest in Sanskrit, this presented good opportunities for research collaborations. (3) Adjacent to the MUM campus is the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment (MSAE), an award-winning school where her children could experience the best of American education.

Staying Connected to Her Institute

In addition to all these important responsibilities, Promila maintains daily contact with the manager of her Education Center in India. She is proud of her ability to multi-task, and feels that her daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique helps her maintain a balanced, increasingly successful life.

Because her Institute and its growth are the great passion of her life, Promila continues to financially support it, happily giving 30-40% of her salary at MUM to support the Institute and its current staff of seven near Lucknow.

Before Promila returned to visit India with her children this past June, she heard that our local school (MSAE) had 6 used computers for sale. So, she bought them (again with her own funds), and carried them back to India for the village and Education Center.

Promila purchased computers from MSAE here in Fairfield, and hand carried them back to India for her CSC this summer.
Future Plans

Promila’s plan is to establish one computer education hub among a cluster of six Indian villages. This hub will also cater to their general day-to-day needs apart from imparting computer education: like providing them medicines, banking facility, ATM, general insurance, etc. This hub might also make farmers more informed about new technologies and ways of organic farming. Farmers could be informed how, where, and at what price they should sell their produce. People should own and live in simple, modern homes, and make a decent salary, and there should be good schools and other modern facilities for all the people.

Promila adds, “If one day some of our students get the chance to study at MUM, this would be, in fact, like a dream come true for me!”

Need for Support

“We need to raise funds for our expansion plans. The people out there kept me moving over the last 12 years. I am always happy to see the change and bliss brought in the lives of the individuals. Without my family’s support and understanding, we could not have been successful. My family has stood by my side by providing any kind of support needed to enable me to work many hours, and devote more focused time at our CSC.”

New Computer Professionals Career Center

This spring the Computer Professionals Career Center for MUM relocated to beautiful, newly-renovated offices on campus in Verrill Hall (Rooms 43, 45, and 46).

The new facility has work stations for students, two seminar rooms, and an open floor plan for the efficient workflow of all operations and coaching/training teams.

The 11 staff members of the ComPro Career Center support student success in rewarding Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment in the U.S. IT industry through: seminars, workshops, interview and employment coaching, promptly-issued work authorization, and professional resume development.


Computer Professionals Career Center Professional Staff

Appreciation from Students

All our international students take seminars and a three-week Career Strategies Workshop to prepare for locating a professional practical training internship position in the U.S. Since 1996, nearly 1700 students from 80 nations have done curricular practical training internships in more than 1000 U.S. companies. Current placement rates for interns is 99%.

Here are comments from students who have completed this training:

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the Career Strategies coaches for all your help and support during this last eight months. The interview practices and skills I have learned from the coaches were extraordinary in helping me gain self confidence and preparation for effective internship searching in the U.S. IT market.

“Quite frankly, before that I didn’t have any idea about how to start searching for an internship, or how to express my work experiences and skills to the interviewers to impress them.

“Now that I have passed the first round of technical interviews with one of the biggest tech companies in U.S., I’m sure that the skills I have learned in class will make a crucial difference in my favor. Thank you very much for all your help and support during this amazing course.” —Ali Shedaei (from Iran)

“I had lots of questions and confusions about Curricular Practical Training. How do I explain it to others? How do I start seeking CPT employment? Interactions with the recruiters, interviews, etc.? All the answers came during the two weeks of the Career Strategies class. I gained lots of confidence through the mock interviews that we practiced during the class. Later, when I got the calls from the company, it was so easy!” —Surendra Bajracharya (from Nepal)

Computer Professionals Program Celebrates 20 Years of Success

During graduation activities last month, the MUM Computer Professionals ProgramSM celebrated its 20th anniversary. The number of students currently enrolled in the program has reached a record number–over 1000, including students on campus and in practicum positions.

The program is extremely popular among international students, who have come from 80 countries so far, and the program is expected to continue growing.

Craig Pearson, MUM Executive Vice President, described the program as a “win-win-win situation”

New students are treated with a welcome lunch when they arrive

  • Students win because they earn an American degree and gain work experience with a U.S. company, and can self-finance their academic program through their practicum position.
  • The participating technical practicum companies win because they benefit from highly skilled professionals.
  • “The University wins because the students are talented, and serious-minded, and they contribute to our wonderful international diversity,” said Dr. Pearson.

Students receive eight months of on-campus instruction

What makes the program so successful?

The MS in Computer Science degree which MUM offers is unique because students study only eight months on campus, and spend up to two years working as practicum students in paid positions at U.S. companies while finishing their degrees via distance education. This structure is very attractive to computer professionals who want to study and gain practical experience in the U.S., because they are able to pay for their education from their salaries.

Greg Guthrie, PhD. After 20 years as the Head and then Dean of our School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Dr. Guthrie will now be taking a new position as Dean of Educational Technology. Replacing him as Dean of Computer Science will be Dr. Levi, the current Chairman of the program.
This “ComPro” structure began in 1996, when program leaders Greg Guthrie and Keith Levi, along with Elaine Guthrie, current Director of the Computer Science Department, decided to approach Fairfield businesses to hire students from the program. They had 14 students in the first year. Interest in the program began to grow, and soon the Fairfield job market became saturated. In 1999, Ron Barnett joined the team as marketing manager and began approaching large companies outside of Fairfield. His campaign was successful, and in 2000 enrollment jumped to 112.

Jim Garrett, head career coach, helps a student

Enrollment further increased when new marketing director Craig Shaw began a social media campaign in 2008. Interest in the program has continued to increase ever since. Finding practicum opportunities for hundreds of students is no small task. That’s what the Computer Professionals Career Center takes care of by educating students in U.S. business practices and coaching them on interviewing and resume-writing skills. In the past five years, 99 percent of students have found practicum positions.

Students practice the Transcendental Meditation technique in class

When students apply to the program, developing their consciousness is not high on their list. “But once they’re here, they come to understand and appreciate the Transcendental Meditation® technique,” said Greg Guthrie, Dean of Educational Technology. “When they’re in their practicum phase and send us regular progress reports, many talk about how challenging and busy their work is, and how the Transcendental Meditation technique helps.”

Keith Levi, PhD, Dean of Computer Science

Elaine Guthrie, Director of the Computer Science Department

See a video of the 2016 Awards Ceremony where four of our graduates received outstanding student awards.

Gaining Knowledge, Respect and Acceptance in America

At a time when many Muslims and other minority groups are feeling challenged in the United States, here is a heart-warming story of religious tolerance, respect and acceptance in our university, located in the heartland of America.

After losing his IT job in Egypt in 2014, Mohamed Samy felt the need to begin a new life.

As an experienced software engineer, he knew that coming to the U.S. for a Computer Science master’s degree might provide a valuable education and opportunities to advance his career.

An Unexpected Surprise

In searching the Internet for a relevant U.S. master’s program, Mohamed found a program that looked perfect for his needs–the Computer Professionals Master’s Program at Maharishi University of Management (not far from Chicago in north central U.S.).

[At end of the newsletter, watch Mohamed’s video about his MUM experiences. Already viewed by more than 1,600,000 people on Facebook!]

In reviewing our website, Mohamed saw that everyone in the University practices a simple, scientific technique to reduce stress and increase creativity and intelligence–the Transcendental Meditation® technique(TM). This seemed unusual and intriguing, so Mohamed did some research and learned that there is a center in Cairo where the TM technique is taught.

He attended a free introductory lecture, asked many questions, and learned about the many benefits. He appreciated learning about the compatibility with his Muslim faith, as well as the role of doing TM as part of the MUM curriculum, and decided to take the simple 7-step TM course.

Upon learning Transcendental Meditation, Mohamed was pleasantly surprised to experience some personal benefits that he never expected. After losing his job, he had become tense, worried, and could not sleep well for months. Within a few days of beginning TM, Mohamed felt calmer, more relaxed, clearer in his thinking, more optimistic, and was soon able to sleep well again!

According to Mohamed, “TM has helped me gain a clarity of mind that helps me face the challenges I have in life. I have always had issues with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and taking ADD medication to help me focus, and reduce anxiety. TM helped me reduce the dosage of medication, because I was more settled in my mental state. TM also helped me address the anxiety, and function at a more effective level at work and in my studies.”

With appreciation for the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, Mohamed found the Computer Professionals MS Program at MUM to be even more inviting–low initial cost, extensive financial aid, industry orientation, harmonious and diverse campus community, top faculty, and the opportunity to work in a U.S. company for up to two years with a fully-paid curricular practical training (CPT) internship. Mohamed proceeded to apply for our MSCS program. He was accepted and traveled with his wife Natalie Samir to Fairfield, Iowa to enroll with 106 other students from 18 nations in May 2015.

Life at MUM

As a seasoned software developer with more than 15 years professional experience, Mohamed didn’t expect to learn much more during his eight months of on-campus classes. To his delight, in every class he learned valuable new computer science knowledge from very competent professors (including one with a PhD from MIT).

Mohamed and Natalie felt at home on the beautiful MUM campus in Fairfield, Iowa, where they found people from many diverse cultures and backgrounds all living together in a very warm and welcoming family-like environment. When it came time to apply for internships, they decided to try to find a professional internship right here in Fairfield.

With the help of Jim Garrett, Director of Training and Coaching in our Computer Career Center, Mohamed learned of an opportunity to work for a large investment research company in Fairfield. The company had an opening for a high level, experienced Enterprise Architect. The job and location were so ideal, that Mohamed told the company he would even work for less money than he’d already been offered at a different company in another city. To Mohamed’s surprise, the Fairfield company found him to be such an ideal candidate, that they offered him even more money than the other company.

Religious Tolerance, Respect and Acceptance

Prior to learning the TM technique and coming to MUM, Mohamed was concerned about how comfortable his situation would be with his strong Muslim faith. He quickly realized that there is no contradiction between Transcendental Meditation and Islam. He found that TM is not a religion–there is no worshiping involved. TM is just a technique for experiencing deep rest. There is no concentrating, just experiencing the deepest level of rest. TM has nothing to do with religious practice.

Mohamed has found everyone at MUM to be very respectful of his religious practices. Muslim students have access to a small mosque on campus, and they also feel comfortable doing prayers when other students are sometimes nearby. The students enjoyed their Eid celebrations.

Mohamed adds, “MUM is a place that accepts all people, and teaches people to be accepting of others. I have had a great experience coming here as a Muslim. I have gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of Islam, as well as greater knowledge of universal truths that are found in Islam and all religions.”

Advice to Potential Students

Mohamed explains that, “Maharishi University of Management is a great place to come to build your career. In the process, you gain a deeper perspective about your life, enabling you to make profound changes in yourself that affect everything around you. I advise anyone who wants to start the next step in their career and their life to contact MUM admissions to discover these profound benefits for your own life.”

Special Video by Mohamed

Mohamed is grateful for all the benefits he and Natalie (also practicing TM now) enjoy at Maharishi University of Management. As a way to let others around the world know about TM and MUM, Mohamed has created a special 7-minute video describing his experiences here.

Even though Mohamed speaks excellent English, he chose to record the video in Arabic with English sub-titles, so that people throughout the Arabic-speaking world can appreciate what is available to them. The sub-titles make the video easy to appreciate by non-Arabic speakers.

Mohamed is happy to share his experiences with other software engineers who may want to know more about our Computer Professionals Program. The “ComPro” Program is now in its 20th year, with nearly 2000 graduates from 78 countries.

Please enjoy the video here.

DevFest 2015 Software Competition Success

At most universities, when the semester ends, students leave campus to travel and visit friends and relatives. However, last month, 85 graduate computer science students at Maharishi University of Management chose to stay on campus for an additional 7 days to compete in a team software competition called DevFest 2015.

After classes ended in December, Maharishi University of Management held its first hackathon-like Development Festival for generating new engagement tools to promote Maharishi Ayurveda* in the world. The goal of DevFest was to generate software engagement tools of various technology types and formats, while providing the students with an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The DevFest was a structured 7-day on-campus event, and included activities ranging from education in Maharishi Ayurveda, to generation of interesting project ideas, to team development of solution products, and final presentation for evaluation.

Competition Judges: Dean Greg Guthrie (Computer Science), Professor Paul Morehead (Physiology and Health), and Professor Andy Bargerstock (Management)

85 graduate students in the Computer Science Department split into faculty-mentored teams which created 14 projects, and the top three teams won significant cash prizes. The projects addressed Maharishi Ayurveda from many perspectives: education and diet, herbs and crops, and health situations such as pregnancy and diabetes. Solutions were proposed to meet the needs of the general public as well as wellness consultants, through tools such as interactive websites and Mobile/FaceBook apps.

How were Projects Judged?

The team projects were judged by an eminent panel of three senior faculty judges who reviewed the presentations according to predefined evaluation criteria. The criteria included:

  • Market attractiveness and business readiness of the project
  • Innovation and quality of the technical design and development
  • Quality of connection with Maharishi Ayurveda

Competition Results

The winning team won $1000 for their Ayurvedic Chef web application. $600 was awarded to the AgriVeda team, and the Our Vedic Life team took home $300. Congratulations to the students, organizers and judges for a most enjoyable, educational, and fun-filled experience. See photos from the 7-day competition.

DevFest organizer Dr. Anil Maheshwari was pleased with the results: “We are delighted to have successfully introduced this enjoyable learning experience for the MUM graduate students. They not only learned valuable health-giving knowledge about Maharishi Ayurveda, but also developed new technology-based tools to deliver improved health for our society. Significant prizes provided additional incentives.”

Dean Guthrie notes, “This was a wonderful opportunity for the students to have a very creative and fun experience, integrating so many of the things that they have learned with an entrepreneurial context. The excitement and their happiness in presenting their projects was a joy for all involved!”

Winning Teams

First place: Ayurvedic Chef Project: Ananda Subedi, Riwaj Rimal, Bibek Karki, Regan Rajak, Pradeep Basnet, Dheeraj Pandey. Photo includes 2 faculty.


Second place: AgriVeda Project: Sanjay Paudel, Adam Manandhar, Samir Karki, Surendra Maharjan, Hari K. Chaudhary, Shyamu Neupane. Photo includes 2 faculty.


Third place: Our Vedic Life Project: Shailesh Singh, Shree Raj Karki, Samrat Bhusal, Rikesh Karkee, Yubraj Pokharel, Tara Prasad Adhikari, Dharma Kshetri. Photo includes 2 faculty.

* Maharishi Ayurveda is an ancient system of natural, prevention-oriented Vedic healthcare known to create balance in mind and body by detecting and eliminating underlying causes of disease.