If not for technologically savvy saviors like Mohammed Mobashirin -- we call him, Mo -- many of us would be stuck in the dark ages. A 1998 UNT graduate, Mo joined UNT System in 2013. He works on IT projects and initiatives that benefit faculty, staff and students, such as the launch of the all-in-one mobile applications now being used by students at UNT, UNT Dallas and the Health Science Center.
Mo, a husband and father of three, has an impeccable sense of humor considering his list of favorite TV shows is filled with legendary sitcoms (Hello, Newman!). He's a world traveler -- check out his list of favorite countries to visit (eat your heart out, Rick Steves). Yet, perhaps most impressive is his green thumb. And, feel free to ogle at his incredible vegetable harvest on his Facebook page (see below).
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I get to interact with wonderful co-workers from different areas of UNT World during project implementations. I try to understand the business challenges and pinpoint each area so that we are able to configure the procured software solution to meet business needs and improve student, faculty and staff day-to-day life.
What is your proudest work moment?
When we launched mobile applications for UNT, HSC and UNT Dallas campuses. Being a former UNT student, I could see how this app can significantly improve student life for both current and prospective students. It reminded me of of my wish list, things I wanted at my fingertips when I was a prospective and enrolled student at UNT. We asked the students what they want in the app and delivered their needs. Things like a campus map, so on the first day of classes I can just use the app to make it to the right class; notifications of final grades as soon as it's posted by the instructor instead of continuously checking emails or the website; bus schedules and bus tracking in real time; the ability reach out directly to professors without having to look up their phone number; and a calendar of events going on across campus.
Q: What is your proudest non-work moment?
The birth of my three children. I have two boys, ages 11 and 8, and a 5-year-old girl.
Q: What fact about you might surprise your colleagues?
I grow my own vegetables -- onions, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, green chili, okra, eggplant, green beans, spinach and more -- from April to November. The best part of growing vegetables is seeing the smile of my kids, neighbors, friends and co-workers when I harvest the vegetables and distribute them. My older brother and I used to do gardening with mom when we were children, and I started my own garden when we bought our house in 2006. Here's a good look at our harvest.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE...
Movie: The Godfather, Scent of a Woman, Forrest Gump, A Beautiful Mind, Rain Man, The Matrix
TV Show: Seinfeld, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, M*A*S*H, The Office
Place to visit: Brazil, Maui, China, Japan, Nepal