Some time ago (in November 2009) I was asked to write few paragraphs about myself for the Department of Computer Science Fall Newsletter. I will use the same text here:
Araz Yusubov joined the Department of Computer Science this past August as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. In his home institution at Baku
State University in Azerbaijan, he holds a position of Assistant Lecturer in the Department of IT and Programming under the Faculty of Applied Math and Cybernetics. Azerbaijan is a small country in south eastern Europe on the Caspian Sea about the same size as the state of Maine.
Araz received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Baku State University in 1997 and 1999, respectively. He obtained his doctoral degree in 2004, conducting research on an optimistic approach for concurrency control in distributed databases.
Lecturing at his alma mater since 1999, Araz has been working with different national and international organizations. He has lead or participated in various educational projects, including the first Encyclopedia on Informatics for Children in the Azerbaijani language, the National Robotics Tournaments for school students using LEGO robots, and an interactive science project promoting active learning and teaching methods among science teachers in Azerbaijan.
Because of Araz’s interest in furthering the development of Computer Graphics in his country, Araz is working with Profs. Dave Mount and Amitabh Varshney on a Computer Graphics curriculum project. His wife, Shahla, is also at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing her master’s degree at the Maryland School of Public Policy.