An information technology consultant with more than 20 years of experience in academia and the field, Professor Ossie Rashel is a faculty member in the Computer Science department at NHU.
Professor Rashel says he is a proud member of NHU's familia, and he is working hard to make sure his students have equal opportunity for higher education and equal access to career opportunities. And while many might have guessed that he has "been technical from an early age," his love of gardening may come as a surprise!
Q. Where do you see the future of information technology heading?
The future for information technology is bright and promising. As an analyst and a consumer of IT products and services, I have seen significant improvement in efficiency, reliability, and affordability in hardware, software, and related services in recent years. At the same time, the end users are becoming tech savvy and consumer demand is at a peak for IT products and services. In response, cloud computing is changing the IT platforms from being server-centric to service-centric. In the new era of information technology, data has become a valuable commodity and analytics are even more valuable since they help consumers with better decision making, which makes all the difference for designers and providers. Lastly, with the success of social media platforms and improvement of data security (and hopefully privacy), a new type of business intelligence is forming that is changing the method of acquiring business contacts and developing marketing strategy.
Q. What is your favorite aspect of computer science to study and explore?
Artificial intelligence and robotics are my favorite topics for research and study in computer science. In fact, it is the complexity of learning skills such as mechanics, mathematics, electronics, and even psychology that makes the study exciting and a lifetime project. The joy of studying robots is simple to explain: we study them to know how they learn from us!
Q. What's your best piece of advice for students pursuing their degree?
Believe in yourself and follow your passion; consult with the advisors about your program of study and your career goals. Don't hesitate to ask questions to learn more about your choices and opportunities. Find out and make best use of the help centers and other resources at NHU that are set up to assist students with a variety of needs. As Bill Gates says, "learn how to learn." Your dedication and sacrifices for your program of study will eventually open the doors to opportunities for a better career and an improved way of life.
Q. Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?
I’ve been technical from an early age. In fact, I graduated from high school with a special degree in electronics, then shifted to computer engineering in the early '90s. In recent years, machines and particularly computers and programs are filling most of my work hours as I troubleshoot, consult, or teach computer courses. However, my real joy is nature. I learned to garden and enjoy growing hydroponic vegetables, plants, and flowers. The miracle of life cycles fascinates me about gardening, and I find nursing plants and flowers very relaxing after a busy day, away from machines and computers. How could that not be a surprise for a computer engineer?!