Each month, visit the Linux Academy blog to meet and get to know a different member of the Linux Academy team; today, we interviewed Shahan Karim! Shahan is on our Azure team and was a big part of the effort to bring hands-on Azure labs to Linux Academy. You might recognize him from the recently-launched Azure IoT for the Enterprise course.
What do you do at Linux Academy?
I joined Linux Academy in late 2016 and currently am primarily responsible for authoring content and lending subject matter expertise to the Azure Department. Working with the amazing team here, I’m tasked with bringing success to our members via new content, features, and courses. Having a particular focus at this time on Azure, IoT, Big Data, InfoSec, and AWS, it has been a phenomenal opportunity to engage the technical community at large.
What did you do before this?
Having experience that is blended from Chemical Engineering (MS ChE) and Computer Science and Engineering, I am constantly involved in roles and projects that bridges the gap between business, science and technology. Having worked in numerous roles for approximately two decades now, I began my IT path as a system administrator and developer that garnered an innate passion for system design, and architecture. This architecture and “big picture” approach led me through various industries and market verticals such as Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Medical, Retail, and Government to name a few. After experiencing various leadership and technical roles I moved into founding my own consulting/professional services firm that specialized in Architecture, Telecommunications, and Engineering, which I ran for nine years. After some recent opportunities, I now find myself at the cusp of the e-learning industry with the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge with the IT community at large.
What do you do in your free time?
If I’m not engrossed in a technical book or article, you will find me mostly spending time with family or involved with philanthropy. However, when I do get an opportunity, you will definitely see me exploring the latest restaurant, packing for the next worldwide destination, catching the newest game, or working on any of the numerous pet projects I’m constantly involved with.
What’s something you’re really excited about right now?
I’m really excited and proud to be part of the core team that brought Azure Labs to Linux Academy. Having the opportunity to write part of the core code, design the architecture, and implement and architect the overall security structure has been immensely rewarding. This feature redefined what is capable for our Azure students and also brings a needed feature to complete the set of offerings already provided by Linux Academy in regards to Hands-on Labs. This invaluable feature will now be core to the concepts and content provided by the Azure team here at Linux Academy!
What’s your favorite part of working here?
For me, the opportunity to truly make a difference in people’s lives and working with a phenomenally driven and passionate team is one of my favorite parts of working here. It is rare to have leadership be as engaged, knowledgeable, and agile as it is here at Linux Academy. The best part is seeing my colleagues and students succeed in their goals while enjoying the process it takes to reach those goals because of utilization of the platform and environment designed by Linux Academy. It is rare in other environments to receive such immense appreciation of your work while being able to have a lasting effect on students that will change their lives. We are given the opportunity to help others accomplish tangible goals such as get a promotion, learn a new process to make things easier, and solve obstacles that will enrich their daily lives.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and why?
Though my colleague Terry did have an excellent answer that I can agree with 100%, to keep things exciting I’m going choose the ability to have my imagination create reality. The best example is in the comic character from Todd McFarlane’s series called Spawn who was able to manifest anything that was needed such as flying, x-ray vision, armor, etc. while donning a special suite that (in my opinion) made some pretty awesome fashion statements!