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JUNE 5, 2016 • ISSUE 345

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Payman Salek, MUM alumnus and assistant professor of computer science


With his students in the Computer Professionals Program


Payman with MUM President Dr. Bevan Morris meeting the Iranian students for tea

Payman Salek – Paying It Forward

Payman Salek studied electrical engineering in Tehran, Iran, and never planned to become a programmer. However, he took a few elective courses in computer science and found it interesting. After graduating from Amirkabir University of Technology - Tehran Polytechnic, he was lucky to find a programming job that utilized his skills in both computer science and electrical engineering.

Payman comes from a culture steeped in spirituality, and his interested was piqued at the early age of ten when he heard his uncle tell stories about levitating Tibetan monks. When he was 18, he learned the Transcendental Meditation® program and five years later the TM-Sidhi® program including Yogic Flying®.

When Payman heard about MUM’s Computer Professionals Program, he knew it was a good fit. He wanted to learn more about computer science and practice the TM-Sidhi program in a group as part of his daily routine. He enrolled at MUM in 2000 and completed his curricular practical training as a systems administrator at MUM. Following his graduation, he stayed on and worked as project developer, IT director for the Computer Science Department, and instructor of computer science. 

In 2010 he took a break from teaching to work as a software developer for such large financial corporations as The Vanguard Group and Bank of America in Des Moines, Iowa and Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2015, Payman returned to MUM. “I am very happy teaching courses,” said Payman. “Teaching is very inspiring. Students appreciate the fact that I have industry experience. I was in their shoes and I can relate to them easily.”

When Payman came to MUM 16 years ago, there were a few Iranian families who took care of him and invited him to dinners and celebrations. He now has taken on that same role of welcoming new Iranian students and celebrating Persian holidays with them. He feels fortunate to be part of a small but strong Iranian community in Fairfield.

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