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Soha R. Abdeljaber, a professor of mathematics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology was named among the top 25 professors for 2010-2011 on RateMyProfessors.com- the largest trafficked U.S. college professor ratings site with almost 6,000 schools, one million professors and 7.5 million ratings. Four years ago, the hijab-clad professor was named among the top 50. Abdeljaber, whose favorite subject since elementary school was mathematics, has taught pre-calculus and calculus in the department since 2000.

MAARIJ BAIG WAS INDUCTED TO WHO S Who" among students in American universities and colleges at the 100th commencement of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., on May 7. The selection is based on scholarship, leadership, community activities, citizenship, and service to the university. Baig, who received a B.S. degree, served as honor council representative and on the judicial review board.

KANSAS CITY LAWYER TARIQ ABDULLAH was honored with Ingram's Business Magazine's "40 Under 40" award.

He helped his family open Café Chai Shai, where he served mango shakes. Abdullah, who believes in family first, cites "their contributions they have made to his own successes." Since earning his Juris Doctorate from UMKC in 1998, he has clerked at a local boutique law firm, then went to work as an attorney for Sprint (in two separate gigs), as negotiator and attorney for his own firm in Olathe, and as assistant general counsel/chief compliance officer for the Kansas Health Policy Authority in Topeka. For the past three quarters, he has served in a similar capacity for the Kansas Bioscience Authority, a $581 -million bioscience venture capital fund. He is president of the Crescent Peace Society, which aims to foster understanding among people of different faiths.

PHYSICS TEACHER AMIR ABO-SHAEER, of Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, Calif., and his robotics team are the subjects of a recently released book, "The New Cool." Each year, Abo-Shaeer leads the school's robotics team into a rigorous national competition that requires months of preparation and a season's worth of intense face-offs.

Last year, the 39-year-old teacher was awarded a MacArthur Foundation $500,000 "genius" grant. Abo-Shaeer grew up in Goleta, the son of an Iraqi theoretical physicist who had worked and studied on four continents. Abo-Shaeer has managed to launch an in-school engineering academy and to raise $6 million for it.

SHAAN KHAN, A GLEN ELLYN, ILL. HIGH school student, was among the award winners of the international essay contest sponsored by the Guien Institute Youth Platform, which is affiliated with the University of Houston. More than 600 students from 53 countries responded to the topic: "The use of military means as a solution to today's international and national political issues: Diplomacy or war, democracy or military coup?"

Guien Institute, along with Rumi Forum, hosted the winners for in Washington, D.C. from April 4-8 where the students, parents and educators met with Congress members, community leaders, and visited think tanks.

Winners received their awards from diplomatic representatives of their respective countries and Congress members representing their districts. Khan, son of Chicagoland community activist Moin 'Moon' Khan, received his award from Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.).

AMER AHMAD WAS APPOINTED COMPtroller of the City of Chicago by Mayorelect Rahm Emanuel. Ahmad, a senior vice president and head of the public sector group at KeyCorp, has also served as deputy state treasurer and CFO for Ohio Treasury, where he oversaw more than $11 billion in state investments. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia. Prior to becoming a public servant, Ahmad was a vice president at William Blair & Company, LLC, an investment banking firm headquartered in Chicago, where he worked in the corporate finance department for seven years.

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