Saif IslamWinona State University will host alumnus Saif Islam from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in Pasteur, Room 329.

Islam will discuss his journey from Winona State to the corporate world, and how his education and experiences at Winona State prepared him for the real world. He will also discuss industry trends, including the importance of software in driving innovation, job opportunities for software engineers and professionals, and how to prepare for these opportunities.

Islam graduated from WSU in 1994 with a degree in computer science and received his master’s degree in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas. He has since worked as a software engineer for Thomson West (now Thomson Reuters), as an adjunct-professor at University of St. Thomas, and run his own consulting company. In 2002 he joined Rational Software, where he worked with software industry pioneers like Ivar Jacobson, Grady Booch and Walker Royce. After Rational was acquired by IBM, he spent 10 years with IBM in various leadership roles in the US and Asia Pacific.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Narayan Debnath at ndebnath@winona.edu.

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