Kazi Abid Bin Islam came to the University of Windsor as an International student from Bangladesh in the winter of 2003 to study Bachelor of Computer Science. Initially, he found the adjustment to the winter weather very difficult. At the beginning of his third year, he began to focus on pursuing a career in software development. In the summer of 2006, Kazi and a few friends started a software development firm in Bangladesh where outsourced projects would be developed and supported. The company, Haastech (www.haastech.net ) is still growing and has been successful in obtaining large clients such as Point of Sale, Production Management system, Boshundhara Mega Shopping Mall Ltd, and the Fuji Group of Industries, Bangladesh. His new focus is now to win larger projects from other countries like Canada, the US and the UK.
Kazi graduated from the University of Windsor in the summer 2007 with BCS [Honours]. He has since been working as an Analyst in Prince Edward Island for the CGI Group Inc. CGI is a brand name in providing IT services globally. He work involves providing application support for Bell Canada. The technical skills he gained in University of Windsor (in j2ee, oracle and UNIX) help him every day at work. Kazi says he still has all of his lecture notes from several courses which are very useful at times. He states “that looking at those lecture slides reminds me of the days and nights spent at the Leddy Library studying.” He still misses the enjoyment and facilities provided by the Leddy Library.
He wants to grow technically strong doing development work for CGI and at the same time take his company to a higher level in Bangladesh’s competitive market of software development in future. He feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to work in such a large company. He strongly believes that the experience he will gain here will eventually help him to use that in strengthening the backbone of his own company. Right now most of the company’s management is handled by his younger brother and Uncle. After coming from work each day, he only gets a two hour break as in Bangladesh people start working very early in the morning. After his break, he gathers day to day reports and provides managerial support through web conferencing to keep up with the day to day operations of Hasstech.
He has been leading a busy life, but finds it extremely fulfulling . Kazi would like to extend his thanks to professors like Dr. Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Kobti and Randy Fortier who always encouraged student participation during and outside classes.