I am currently a Professor of Mathematics at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California in the United States. I have been teaching in the United States since 2003. Prior to teaching, I was an engineer in Silicon Valley since 1996. I loved teaching so much that I quit my engineering job in November 2004. Then began the arduous quest for a full-time teaching position. I was offered a position at Antelope Valley College starting Fall 2006 and I took it.
When I am not teaching mathematics, I can be found in the mountains somewhere around the world. I love to climb rock walls as well as glaciated mountains. I have climbed in the Alps, Andes, Rockies, Cascades, Africa as well as the Sierras of California which are a mere two hour drive away.
I love to write and am fortunate to have some of my work published in The Star Weekend Magazine. Please check out some of my articles in the "Articles" section. The topics range from visiting my country of birth Bangladesh after a four year gap to suriviving the Tsunami of 2004 - I happened to be climbing by the ocean when the waves were coming. But mostly the articles are reflections from distant lands - reflections of people, places, moments, events (large and small) that have left imprints on my mind. I love to travel - it is highly educational for me and it gives me tremendous pleasure to learn something new about a person or place.
My newest passion is the Spanish language. I attended a two week immersion course at the Forester Instituto Internacional in San Jose, Costa Rica in December, 2007. Spanish is such a beautiful language and the friendly people of Costa Rica taught me so much, not just Spanish, but also aspects of their culture, wildlife, cuisine and off course futbol!
Languages have always been fascinating to me. I grew up in London, Rome, Bombay and Dhaka and learned the primary languages in all those cities. But my desire to learn Spanish stems from the fact that where I live there is a very large Spanish speaking population. Another motivation is my frequent climbing trips to South and Central America where knowing Spanish is valuable.
I hope you find this site interesting and all the best for 2009.
Lancaster, California January 2009