2018 ComPro Graduation & Homecoming

Happy New Students from our August 2016 Entry

Our June 22-24th graduation weekend was a joyful homecoming celebration filled with parties, pomp and picnics. A record 387 ComPro students from 29 nations were awarded their MS in Computer Science degrees.

Three Days of Celebration:

Day 1: Pre-graduation ice cream social, garden dinner party, and graduation awards ceremony.

Reunion at the garden dinner party

Pre-Graduation Photos ➜

Outstanding ComPro graduates:

Mosheer Yousef Mahmoud (From Palestine) and Candy Claire Cadungog (From the Philippines)

Mosheer Yousef Mahmoud (Palestine) & Candy Claire Cadungog (Philippines)

Day 2:  Graduation Day!

Celebrating graduation!

Happy during graduation ceremony!

Graduation Day Photos ➜

Graduation Day Highlight Video ➜ (18:34)

 Day 3: Annual ComPro Picnic

ComPro Director Elaine Guthrie welcoming everyone to the picnic.
Colombian graduates are World Cup fans!

Happy canoers!

Picnic Photos ➜

Congratulations to all our new ComPro alumni!

The Secret to ComPro Student Success

Educating Advanced Software Developers for Lifelong Personal and Professional Growth: 

Happy New Students from our August 2016 Entry

There are two major challenges facing working computer professionals:
1. Keeping up with rapidly changing computer technologies
2. Dealing with the stressful demands in the IT industry

Unfortunately, most graduate programs do not offer educational technologies for dealing with either of these critical challenges. “This is where the unique educational approach at Maharishi University of Management provides much needed solutions to these challenges,” says Greg Guthrie, Computer Science Dean Emeritus and Dean of Educational Technologies.

What makes MUM education unique?
The basis of this unique approach is the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Research shows that this simple meditation technique, practiced 20 minutes twice a day, greatly aids learning new things – just what a software engineer needs in order to keep up with the rapid changes.

Jeffrey Abramson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Maharishi University of Management

Jeffrey Abramson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MUM, who has hired a number of our graduates, describes our special education this way:
“As an employer, I have hired 15 graduates of MUM’s ComPro and Accounting MBA programs, and have continually been impressed how well their MUM education prepares them for today’s demanding workplace.”

“MUM has a unique approach to education that awakens the students’ vast interest in learning, a special inner alertness, and deep confidence that is critical for success today. The core component is Consciousness-Based education. This inspires within each student a world of fresh ideas creating a humane and socially conscious leader capable of building a safe and prosperous world.”

More about Transcendental Meditation
TM is so effortless to practice, that even 10-year-old children learn to do it. Transcendental Meditation involves no beliefs or disbeliefs–it is not a philosophy, or a religion, or a way of life. Even skeptics benefit from doing TM when taught by a certified TM instructor. The TM technique was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi over 60 years ago, and has been learned by more than six million people.

When we do TM, this results in clearer thinking, broader awareness, increased receptivity by students in the classroom, relief from stress, increased inner happiness and joy in living.

This natural development through regular TM practice is what gives our students and graduates the advantages of being able to keep up more easily with rapidly changing technology while naturally dissolving accumulated stress, and simultaneously becoming more resistant to future stress.

Personal experience

Sarju Pandit enjoys doing TM

You will love this video with Sarju Pandit describing experiences in our ComProSM program.

Proven success on the job

Ali thinks learning TM is the best thing he ever learned in his life.

Here’s what student Ali Alrahahleh, from Amman, Jordan, has to say about the value of Transcendental Meditation in his curricular practical training internship at Walmart Labs, Co. in Sunnyvale, California as a Senior Software Engineer.

“I have learned a simple mental technique at MUM, which I really have appreciated since coming to San Francisco. When my real life started, and my responsibilities accumulated, I really needed to have some moments of quietness in my daily routine.”

“Within all the chaos of the city, and my fast-pace life, my 20-minute meditations were awesome moments of peace, life and quietness. I could rejuvenate myself and my mind twice daily, and that twenty minutes gave me much energy to continue my routine, doing sports and working. It made me so creative and made my thinking vast. I think the Transcendental Meditation technique was the best thing I ever learned in my life, and now I see its effects much more.”

According to Ali,
“Stress is a major player in software programming; deadlines make people unstable, angry and desperate to finish on time. With the help of TM, I tend to be more focused and calm most of the time, and a high performer. People in my company asked me about the secret, so I pointed them to articles about TM.”

Published scientific research on the benefits of TM
Extensive published research has found that this effortless technique promotes a state of deep inner calm, and boosts learning ability and creativity.

More than 380 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals. These studies were conducted at more than 200 research institutions, including Harvard Medical School and Stanford Medical School.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded MUM researchers more than $26 million for research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on health.

It’s no surprise that people on campus smile, greet each other warmly, and genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Members of our highly diverse student body appreciate and benefit in sharing rich multi-cultural differences. The unofficial motto of MUM is, “The world is my family!”

Learn more about the Computer Professionals ProgramSM.

Data Science MS track named the top master’s program of its kind in Iowa, 2018

The MS in Computer Science-Data Science track at Maharishi University of Management recently received the unique distinction of being named the best master’s program of its kind in Iowa.

In its first annual review of all 290 accredited schools in the U.S. offering similar grad degrees, DataScienceGraduatePrograms.com found MUM to be among the very best, giving us the #1 spot for Iowa on its list of Top Data Science Graduate Programs for 2018.

Selection Criteria
To come up with these recommendations, reviewers sifted through a list of 290 data science master’s and graduate certificate programs by hand.

As much as possible, they looked for programs that included multiple required courses covering core subjects such as:

Inferential and Descriptive Statistics
Linear and Logistic Regression
Time Series and Forecasting
Probability Theory
Stochastic Analysis
Statistical Modeling
Multidisciplinary Approaches

A multi-disciplinary program including courses and instructors from computer science and applied mathematics or statistics departments ranked more highly than single department programs.

Because data science blends together essential elements from at least those fields (and often from others, including biostatistics, which draws on heath and medical education) they judged that programs built by professors from both houses were more likely to cover all the bases.

Database and Data Theory Education

The secret sauce that makes data science, data science, is the use of automated data processing elements in statistical analysis. So they searched for programs that included an education in data structures and database theory.

Hands-on work with relational and non-relational data stores were a big plus, in their view, to build on that theoretical education. Dedicated data modeling courses and capstone projects that required genuine database creation or manipulation were also excellent signs of a useful education.

Coding Courses With Teeth

The other aspect of data processing is coding. Data scientists apply their analytical training to information stored in data structures through expressions and algorithms crafted in programming languages heavily used in the profession, like R, Python and Java.

They selected programs that included genuine, hands-on programming work. Although most data science programs require some coding experience as a condition of entry, they looked for those gems that also continued the education in the more specialized aspects of languages and coding specific to data science.

This also extended to coverage of the latest techniques used in data analysis. Data mining, machine learning, and advanced visualization were important courses they looked for.

Instructors With The Right Stuff

Data science is a new field and it’s one that is largely being defined in practice rather than theory. That means that the big players are active in government, industry, and academia alike. On-the-ground experience working with the systems that are collecting, processing, and analyzing big data is invaluable when it comes to training others how to do the work.

So reviewers looked for programs that included faculty with current or recent experience in real-world projects outside academia, where the practical considerations of employers and users come into play. Adjunct professors with day jobs working with big data were a big plus.

Other Factors

Since data science is so new, they had to look at some proxy elements to judge programs. They always like to consider reputation in the industry, and in many cases they had to look at the parent department or college generally instead of the individual program. However, they did try to account for graduate placement as an indicator of reputation and preparation.

If the school had a dedicated data lab where professors and students partnered with outside businesses and agencies, they also counted that highly.

To a much lesser extent, website and the availability of information played a factor. Data science draws people who like data and have an interest in technology. It’s 2018, and if an academic department dealing in a computational science puts together a website that looks like a 12-year-old built it in 2001, or can’t provide easy online access to course descriptions and offerings, it’s time to run the other way.

The Very Best Data Science Grad Programs by State


Maharishi University of Management
Although the Maharishi program is focused first on a traditional computer science education, with all the emphasis on core networking and programming skills that entails, it’s also a unique world center for the integration of traditional self-development with this most modern area of technical study. The inclusion of proven meditation techniques here only reinforces how serious this program is about preparing students for real-world work in data science. The optional 8-month internship for full credit provides genuine on-the-job experience, building your resume and putting you into direct contact with real data scientists doing real work, all before you graduate.

The base program specializes in training on software systems and development and the data science option piggybacks on this strength with concrete training in hot data analysis technologies like R, Hadoop, Spark, Flume, and HBase. Overviews of other NoSQL approaches and cloud-based tools like AWS and Cloudera are also taught. Finally, you’ll work with IBM’s SPSS modeler application, diving into text analytics and data mining to learn predictive modeling skills.

Learn more.

New: Computer Professionals Program Website

After nearly a year in development, our new responsive website for the Computer Professionals ProgramSM is ready.

Please click on the images shown below to experience the unique excitement and attraction that draws more than 300 students per year from every continent and every cultural background to our Computer Science MS program.

We are especially proud of the website videos, which give an inviting taste of student life at MUM, and will inspire you to apply to our “ComProSM” degree program!

See for yourself why campus visitors, students, and graduates consider MUM their home-away-from-home!

Some pages on our new website:

Unique Payment Plan for Internationals

Unique, affordable payment plan for international students


Low Entry Fee with Paid Internships for Internationals

Low initial payment with paid internships in U.S. companies


Our Students Come from Around the World

Read testimonials and watch video comments from students and graduates worldwide.


You Will Experience Personal & Career Growth

ComPro students practicing Transcendental Meditation® technique


Students Have Held Internships in Fortune 500 Companies

ComPro students do paid internships in U.S. companies


Learn Advanced Computer Science from Top Faculty

ComPro students gain advanced knowledge in software development


New Data Science Track: Big Data Analytics & Machine Learning

Our new Data Science track prepares students for careers in the fastest growing area of computer science


You Will Enjoy Our Vibrant Campus Community

MUM is located in a vibrant campus community not far from Chicago

Visit our new website now.

Your feedback is welcome.

Students Gain Cutting-Edge Knowledge

Students Gain Cutting Edge “Spring Framework” Knowledge: 

This past December (2017), MUM Computer Science Professor Payman Salek attended the “SpringOne Platform Conference” in San Francisco, which is the most significant conference on Spring Framework and related technologies.

With 2800+ attendees, 145+ talks, 200+ speakers, 32 keynotes, and 43 sponsors, SpringOne Platform 2017 was “simply amazing!” He also did the intense two-day, pre-conference training on “Spring Cloud.”

According to Professor Salek, “The conference became an inspiration for me to come back and share the knowledge with students and faculty. I have created a report about the talks and topics I learned in the conference, and also just gave a one-week seminar on “Advanced Spring Framework Topics” to MSCS students at MUM during the winter break. Seventeen students signed up and spent their last week of winter break learning about new Spring Framework features.”

In the student seminar, the following advanced topics were covered:

  • Spring Boot, Under the Hood
  • Spring Boot Actuator
  • Spring Cloud Services
  • Refactoring the Monolith into Microservices
  • Circuit Breakers and Service Discovery
  • Load Balancing and External Configuration
  • Introduction to Spring 5.0 and Reactive Programming

MSCS students doing morning TM


Professor Salek

“Students seemed excited about learning these new topics as much as I was excited to share this knowledge with them!”

The knowledge of Spring Framework gained by Professor Salek has been shared with MSCS students in a recent week long seminar. This knowledge will also be included in existing Enterprise Architecture courses at MUM.

Meet Professor Bruen

Our Computer Professionals (“ComPro (SM)”) MS Program at MUM is known globally for preparing students for IT and personal career success.

Like all our professors, Computer Science Associate Professor Joe Bruen plays a big role in this unique and unprecedented education.

Two factors lead to our students’ success

Having highly industry-experienced senior faculty teaching in the program.

Professor Joe Bruen brings 35 years of high level experience working in Fortune 500 corporations into the classroom. His employers included: Digital Equipment Corporation, Banker’s Trust, Sprint, and Wells Fargo. He also spent many years as an independent consultant.

His long and varied career included senior management and corporate architecture positions. Work areas included: operating system development, voice recognition, timing simulation of large computers, high speed network devices, graphic software development, object-oriented DB development, and service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique

At Maharishi University of Management, all the professors and students practice Transcendental Meditation (TM) every day. TM is a simple, natural, scientific, and time-tested mental technique shown to produce clearer thinking, increased comprehension, energy and creativity, while relieving deep rooted stresses and tension from the physiology.

As a result, students report that they learn more easily, get better grades, enjoy teamwork collaborations more, and are healthier and happier.

MSCS students doing morning TM

MSCS students doing their morning TM

After starting TM in college, Professor Bruen says, “I was able to understand core concepts more quickly, and I was also able to more readily connect the concepts together. TM gives you a great foundation for success.”

“In anything you do, if you want to do it well, a strong foundation is tantamount to success. TM is as foundational as it gets. Clearer mind, less stress, healthier body lead to more success. In a sense, I was able to run faster & jump higher. It helped me immensely.”

As a conscientious educator, Professor Bruen wanted to give his students the same personal and educational advantages that had made his life so enjoyable. So, in 1973 he became a Transcendental Meditation teacher. Since joining our faculty in 2014, in addition to teaching advanced courses in Web Application Architecture and Enterprise Architecture, he also enjoys teaching TM to many new MSCS students.

Need for the Transcendental Meditation® technique in IT Industry

When working at their full-time practical training internships around the U.S., our students also take distance education courses part-time to continue their advanced Computer Science education. Their schedules are very demanding.

As one of Professor Bruen’s student’s experienced: “I am glad to have this amazing technique, Transcendental Meditation, to release all the tension I encountered, and revert back to my normal stable routine. My typical day is really hectic and comprised of a lot of mind-blowing thoughts and stressful conditions. “I do have the busiest job with taking distance courses and worrying about personal matters on different occasions. TM has helped me reset back to my original peace and restful mind after all the things I have to deal with.”

See more student comments and video: Transcendental Meditation® Technique: the Competitive Edge for IT Professionals.

Professor Bruen invites all computer professionals interested in advancing their personal and professional careers to visit our website and prepare for a life changing education.

ComPro Students Come From 111 Nations

‘ComPro’ Students Come From 111 Nations

Since 1996, experienced software developers from 111 nations worldwide (see above) have enrolled in our Computer Professionals Master’s Program in the U.S. (MUM is located where the red circle is in the image above.)

The program, affectionately known as ‘ComPro,’ offers a unique opportunity in higher education, combining latest advanced practical computer science knowledge with professional IT experience in U.S. companies. A one-of-a-kind payment structure provides students with the ability to self-finance the majority of costs from well-paid practicums.

With close to 2000 graduates, and 800+ currently enrolled students, the ComPro MS in Computer Science is one of the largest, most successful campus-based MSCS programs in the United States.

New Video Highlights International Student Satisfaction

ComPro video: A unique opportunity in higher education that combines a master’s degree in computer science with professional experience in the U.S.
Our new video is featured on our homepage. See summaries below of comments made by six current students from: Uganda, China, Iran, India, Egypt, and Brazil.

Edwin Bwambele from Uganda

  • “I just love this course. It’s practical, it’s hands on, and has helped me during my practicum search.”
  • “I had struggled to find a program that had a low cost, and yet could give me quality education. So, I came to this university.”
  • “First time I saw the program, I doubted it—couldn’t believe something like this existed, but a friend of mine joined the course. That’s when I confirmed that the program was real.”
  • “The university is in the small town of Fairfield, Iowa. The people in the town are great. People smile everywhere. It makes you feel at home, though you are so many miles away.”
  • “At MUM I’ve got the knowledge I couldn’t have gotten in my country. I am so happy. I would highly recommend it to anyone out there.”

Julia Chen from China

  • “This program is so great, because it is professionally oriented.”
  • “The professors here really care about students. All of the faculty have a long history of working as software engineers in the American job market.”
  • “Tuition fee is pretty scary for me. This university offers loans, so we don’t need to worry a lot about the financing.”

Shivali Jain from India

  • “I’ve gained solid professional skills and practical experience, with theoretical knowledge.”
  • “The low financial entry requirement is very good for the students who want to pursue higher education, but cannot because of the financial constraints.”
  • “This university has the block system—that is, one course per month, so that you can just dive deep into the subject, and you need not take on stress for other courses or subjects. That used to happen with me in my undergraduate education.”
  • “They include the Transcendental Meditation® technique in their curriculum. TM has helped to improve my concentration, and to relieve stress.”
  • “I like the food here—pure organic fresh food. I feel like I am home outside of India.”

Mohamed Samy from Egypt

  • “For me, in the end it paid off, because I had all the skills I needed to secure a high-paying practicum in a U.S. company. It’s a win-win situation, because you and the University work together to secure a practicum for yourself, and from that practicum, you pay your loan—so the University wins, and you win, and everybody is happy.”
  • “They did exactly what they promised. I’m just living proof of that.”
  • “The combination of the TM technique, the block system which allows you to focus on one subject at time, and just living in a U.S. small town in a stress-free environment, gives you everything you need to prepare for your practicum in the U.S. job market. I graduated from the MUM ComPro program. Looking back at it, I can say now, it was just the perfect deal.”

Rafael Costa from Brazil

  • “I was already working at a big company in Brazil, but I wanted to expand my experience in a high paid U.S. practicum.”
  • “The University enrolls students from all over, so it’s a great opportunity to learn from other cultures.”

To accommodate the large ComPro application demand, international students can now apply for any of four entries each year: October, January, April and August. Please visit our website or email us for details. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

Professor Khan Data Science video. http://mscs.mum.edu/videos.html#video=i4LfMqWxifs

For more information please contact:

Computer Professionals Program Admissions
Maharishi University of Management
Fairfield, Iowa, USA

In Challenging Times, MUM 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 2800 software engineers from 80 nations 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 MUM 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 MUM 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 MUM 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 MUM 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 MUM 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 MUM 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 MUM 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 MUM 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 MUM students, the MSCS program is attracting students from around the world. Current enrollment is exceeding expectations. 135 students enrolled in our 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.