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.

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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:

CSadmissions@mum.edu
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.

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.