Aleppo

  Aleppo, one of the oldest cities that has been continually inhabited is going through what might be the toughest time in its life. Aleppo is the biggest city in Syria, and probably one of the richest cities with the great culture that developed throughout history. Aleppo has always been famous for its iconic artists, great…

Between Aleppo (Syria) and the Silicon Valley

Disclaimer: The events in this post still feel surreal for the author and this post is the author’s attempt to accept a world he doesn’t understand. Three years ago, after the violence started in my hometown Aleppo (Halab), I found myself waking up, sleeping on the sound of MiG fighters jet, and the explosions; I…

Public parks; the only place to escape this ugly world

Every day my mother and my aunt go to a famous public park in Aleppo and walk there for 30 minutes. They go early in the morning when the weather is still cool and the city is still waking up. The park is huge, it has a lot of green spaces, a lot of trees,…

Passions worth pursuing

NSString, Serial Queue, NSArray, XML Parsing, Multithreading…….. a lot of programmers would be tempted to write a blog post like this a mumbo jumbo of words that a few of people understand. They might not just be tempted but actually enjoy using the lingo they use in their everyday coding That’s totally wrong. In this…

Chicago Tribune: Preserving Syria’s Intellectual capital

A man stands in the debris after an explosion near Aleppo University in embattled Aleppo, Syria, on Jan. 15. (Getty-AFP photo / January 15, 2013) By Allan E. Goodman and Mark A. Angelson July 5, 2013 With the death toll in Syria passing 100,000, the country’s bloody conflict has been much in the news. But…

The pursuit of Happiness

It has been three weeks since I started working in my internship an Engineering firm downtown Chicago, and This is the first time I work full-time in The United States. After more than 10 months in School and becoming friends with people who lived here all their life, I mistakenly thought that I learnt everything…

IIT Research Day poster competition

IIT Research Day poster competition is an annual event organized by the IIT Office of Research The competition is divided into graduate and undergraduate tracks and includes students from various academic departments. Each department chooses the best researches/posters, and then asks them to participate in this competition. Along with 48 other posters, my team and…

April showers bring May’s flowers

It was rainy today with thunder and lightning in Chicago. The very loud thunder was really scary, it made one of my friends today thinking that it’s a blast sound like what happened a few days ago in Boston! He never thought that a thunder might sound like a blast before, however, what happened in…