I am pleased to announce the arrival of Professor Mohammad Kaykobad at Brac University as a full-time faculty member. Professor Kaykobad joins the Computer Science and Engineering Department as a Distinguished Professor. His extensive experience in competitive programming will give the department a strong competitive programming focus and will inspire students and faculty throughout the university.
Professor Kaykobad served as a Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) from 1997 onwards. He was awarded the Gold Medal for contribution to ICT Education by the Bangladesh Computer Society in 2005. In 2006 he won the Bangladesh Academy of Science’s Gold Medal for physical sciences. He was a pioneer in introducing competitive programming to Bangladesh. He led the BUET team to the ACM Finals numerous times and his 2000 team finished 11th in the world in 2000. He was awarded the Best Coach Award at the ACM ICPC Finals in 2002. In 2013 he was awarded the Senior Coach Award at the ACM ICPC Finals in St. Petersburg. He was also responsible for starting the Math Olympiad and Informatics Olympiad and Science Olympiad in Bangladesh.
Professor Kaykobad was the Organizing Chair of the first-ever International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT) held in Bangladesh in 1998. He has been playing an active role in the computerization of both public and private enterprises. He has worked as a Director of the Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges for many years and is a member of the Academic Councils and Syndicates of several universities.
Professor Kaykobad has also published widely and has over 50 international journal articles. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2008 by his alma mater, Flinders University of South Australia. He was a Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Korea Advanced Institute of Science (KAIST) and Technology and Kyung Hee University in South Korea, ANU and Monash University in Australia, and Amritapuri University in India.
Please join me in welcoming Professor Kaykobad to Brac University.