Photography by LORI SPARKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
At the age of 18, I received an opportunity from my uncle to study at UA Little Rock and relocate to Arkansas. I moved to Little Rock from my homeland of Amman, Jordan, and have stayed here ever since.
Now as an alum, I have proudly served for multiple years on the UA Little Rock Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Leadership Council as a board member advising on the state of technology in the construction industry.
UA Little Rock played a pivotal role in shaping my professional journey. Through a blend of academic studies and practical experience via internships, the location of the school and its cooperative education program made this transition seamless. It was from this foundation that my professional career took flight. I started my career in information technology in 2005 at VCC, moving steadily up to my current position of chief technology officer. As such, I am responsible for the overall technology vision for the company and implementing strategies, systems and collaborations to position VCC as a technology-driven company. The company today uses world-class processes and techniques to manage the information systems that support the operation of a large, national construction firm.
Affordable and relevant, a great metropolitan university is critical to the infrastructure of a vibrant city. It also requires a strong alumni association that’s engaged in civic and business leadership throughout the Capital City. UA Little Rock boasts both – with a shared vision for the future. As UA Little Rock celebrates the success of its alumni, the university and alumni reflect on the role the institution plays in the continued economic development of Central Arkansas and the wealth of knowledge is offer current students.