Tuesday, September 06, 2016

2016 NED Alumni International Convention, Houston—a personal account

NED Alumni Convention 2016, Houston—a personal account

For two days I was in a different world, surrounded by wonderful people. They were all friends—people who I studied with, who I knew about, and others who were associated with the NED University one way or another.

The NED University alumni of North America meet every year to keep in touch and to learn about others’ continuing journeys in life.  The bond is the NED University—the time spent there has, to a large extent defined us, shaped us, made us. Spending good times with old friends does wonders to your psychological health.

Friday afternoon
Met Zulki Khan of Nexlogic at the Oakland airport.  He was on the same flight going to Houston.

Friday night
A welcome dinner was followed by an entertainment program in which jokes were told and songs were sung.  Ran into Riaz Haq, Yasmin Haq, Dr. Osama Khan, Dr. Shazia Hasni, Rashid Ali Baig, Amir Ul Islam, Ali Haider (Olympian) and several others.
Several people came late and missed the dinner.  A few friends went out and got kabab-parathay from Bundu Khan.
Many of us then headed out to see Houston and ended up at Chatt & Pan, next to Sheikh Chilly’s.
Safwan Shah, Sohail Bashir, Zulki Khan, Arif Sattar, Moeen Ahmed, Mohammad Arshad, Mani, Irfan, and at least a dozen others from the convention were there.
Leaving the restaurant ran into Tanvir Alam Mallick, Samina, and Dr. Asma Ali.

Saturday morning
Breakfast followed by panel discussions
Missed the first session.
Saw Mazhar Ali (PTV actor) who stopped by to meet friends.
In the second session saw Mike Zaidi (Mukhtar Zaidi) moderating a panel that had Dr. Khurshid Qureshi of DICE, Dr. Osama Khan, and others on it.
Lunch was followed by a brainstorming session: ideas on renewable energy, reviving the NED University, etc.  Dr. Firasat Ali and Dr. Afzal Haque (NED Vice Chancellor) were there.

With Salman Siddiqui, Syed Naeemuddin, and Ali Asghar went out to get mithai from Raja Sweets on Hillcroft.

Evening program
Awards given to all the organizers. Speech by Congressman Al Green.
Pleasantly surprised to see Urdu poet Ghazanfar Hashmi in the audience.
Also ran into Nadeem Hussain, the last president of the NED University Student Union.
Excellent dinner--desserts included falooda and Gajar-ka-halwa.  Sat with Sohail Rafiq, Salman Siddiqui, Bilal Ahmad, Muhammad Saleem, and Ishaque Patel of our class.
Dinner followed by the keynote. Ashraf Habibullah, 69, of CSI, is probably the funniest CEO of a major California Corporation.
Mind reader--we could figure out each one of his 'mind-reading' acts
Songs by Ali Haider

Sunday morning
Left the hotel early; had to return the car before catching the flight to Oakland.
Because of the construction work on the Northwest freeway (in front of Crowne Plaza Brookhollow) had a hard time following the GPS directions, but still managed to reach IAH on time.
On the flight to Oakland ran into the same group of people who flew with me on Friday.

I came back, recharged, ready to tackle life for another year.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The future is shaped by those who ....

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tony Seba and the 'Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation'

Tony Seba is the author of 'Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation', a book being enthusiastically read by Environmentalists and Renewable Energy aficionados.  In his book Tony Seba predicts that by 2030 all new vehicles being built will be Electric Vehicles (EVs). The EVs are definitely the future of transportation, but can they become so prevalent in the next 14 years?  Is Tony Seba a renewable technology agent whose book is changing the minds of the general population, paving way for an expedited acceptance of the EVs?  Is Seba the ultimate self-fulfilling prophecy prophet?

A Challenge for the photovoltaic (PV) Industry

A Challenge for the photovoltaic (PV) Industry

When are we going to see a solar-cell making factory being powered solely by photovoltaic panels?  A factory making clean energy products must not run on 'dirty energy.'

Clinton in the White House

People say it is going to be a woman presidency this time--the first time ever in the history of the United States.  Some still remember the male Clinton presidency.  Even with all kinds of conflicts going on in the world at that time the President was able to take time out for Monica.  This time around while the female Clinton is busy at work, the male one will have all the time in the world.  White House women interns beware!