Saturday, December 31, 2016

Our Guest Today

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Humaira Anjumi, who graduated from Mount Holyoke College, was with us today morning for a micro meeting with Tahsin, Arif, Mayisha, and Jarin. She mentioned one very important thing - that this year Colleges are "urging" students to send them applicants as they fear that this year they might not find good number of applications. Humaira is currently employed as a Software Engineer, which is later used by Financial Analysts among others. 'A corporate job', she shyly admits. Responding to a question from Arif, Humaira said that Computer Science department in MHC started small but now it is one of the fastest growing department with further plans for separate AI/NLP program. There some more info, which I will not include here - info that will be helpful for applicants. Ask me in person. Arif was very eager to apply, but Humaira had to regret that MHC is an all-women college and hence, it would not be possible for him to apply. I am using Humaira's photo-shot, which in my eyes, perfectly represents her gorgeous and wonderful personality. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Morning "Interview" with Mushfique - from Qualcomm

Mushfique did his undergraduate from National Univ of Singapore and completed his masters with a Thesis from University of Wisconsin. He met our students today in a one-and-a-half hour session. Mushfique did his undergraduate from National University of Singapore and completed his masters with a THESIS titled “Data Compression for Thermal Mitigation in the Hybrid Memory Cube” [Link to his Thesis: CLICK] from University of Wisconsin, Maddison. He met our students today in a one-and-a-half hour session. He currently works at Qualcomm, testing out CPU architecture.

His academic life has been quite turbulent in nature. He first applied and studied at Singapore National University, from which he acquired a first degree in electrical engineering – even though he recognized in the process that computer science was a far interesting area than what he was pursuing. Due to NUS’s restrictions on switching majors, he was stuck with his original choice and forged ahead to pursue it to its fullest. After graduation he got a couple of offers from banking and IT sectors in Singapore, which he accepted willy-nilly. Ironically, when he had to return to Bangladesh due to an administrative glitch, he spent a few weeks in a dejected state.

Mushfique quickly settled for applying to USA for a Master’s degree, which he eventually received from University of Wisconsin, Maddison. He went on to pursue his interests at Qualcomm, where he acquired a job testing out ARM CPUs for production. 

Mushfique had a very lively interaction with the class and addressed a large number of issues that ranged from (1) where to study, (2) which major to pursue, (3) comparative advantage of Comp Engg and Comp Science and Electrcl Engg, (4) the perks of working in a giant company who is also a world-leader in technology, (5) the downside of working in such companies, (6) the importance of managing stress, (7) the fact that working life is full of huge workload which does not get reduced even when you are on leave, (8) the need for doing internships during summers for the students who return to the country from abroad, (9) the need for socializing in an semi-official context, (10) and women in engineering. 

From his experience Mushfique has seen that women in engineering are encouraged all over the world, and there is a high demand to rectify the “mandiego” syndrome, a situation where there are too many men around. He emphasized the riskiness of administration fields such as middle managers, since they are the first to get the axe. He outlined Qualcomm’s strategy for the next fiscal year – an 'Internet of Things' – that helps people to be technologically connected, and all their devices acquire smart capability.

Mushfique laments the lack of opportunity for graduates in Bangladesh, emphasizing the lack of opportunity in the country that forces talented people to migrate elsewhere in search for better opportunity. He also emphasized the need to work in undergraduate research program with professors or take part in internships, since it distinguishes your academic career from the thousands of other STEM graduates every year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

EXTREMELY URGENT - Writing Supplements

FAST  WRITING এর চিত্র ফলাফলEveryone should attempt to submit at least 5-8 supplements today. The QUALITY of writing is absolutely unimportant. The moment you see that you CAN NOT produce and essay in less than an HOUR - you are in trouble.
 FAST  WRITING এর চিত্র ফলাফল

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Extremely URGENT Notice

urgent এর চিত্র ফলাফলWith extreme sadness I have to inform everyone that as we are entering our FINAL stage of application session, parents are HUNTING me down for explanation for the students' performance, their behavior, and their activities. Therefore, I have decided I will hold a 2 hour long meeting with the parents on the 9th December, 2016 to respond to their questions. 

It is also expected that both the students and myself should be left to our work and I should not be approached by parents on a regular basis to repeat the same QUESTIONS over and over again. 

I hope this post will be taken very seriously and I should NOT be approached by parents over PHONE to inform about their child's progress. They are kindly requested to refrain from any communication with me until our meeting on the 9th of December.

This is also to note that the following students will not be allowed to leave class without submitting substantial work during the days of 4th-16th December. They are requested to inform their parents, teachers, friends and everyone concerned that their presence in Applications Sessions will be required from 9 am - 5 pm Every Day from 4th-16th December.


Apart from that - everyone is expected to carry their own small-lunch and water to the class. It is also EVERYONE's DUTY to make sure that their respective parents remain satisfied with their performance regarding the Applications. 

Rafiul Azam, Tahsin Azad and Siam Ashraful took a full day that started with Byron and his poems. We read Byron, a little of Lorca as well....