Salah Issa – Salah is younger than the Vietnam War but older than the first Gulf War. If you take the average of the composite of where his parents are from and use that to determine where Salah is from, then he can be considered to be from the Atlantic Ocean. Salah graduated from Rutgers University in 2006 with his bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Engineering. Thereafter, he worked for two-and-a-half years for three different companies – Phyton Biotech, Colgate, and Johnson & Johnson. He is currently studying Agricultural Engineering at Purdue University with the hope that one day he can be one of the thousands of researchers that will help find food solutions for our growing and hungry world. Salah served as the President of the Purdue University Muslim Student Association (MSA) during the Fall 2010 – Spring 2011 school year. He enjoys traversing throughout the landscape of the United States in search of opportunities to broaden his knowledge of the deen of Islam.
Haroon Mohammad – A native Hoosier, Haroon grew up in the cornfields and open roads of West Lafayette. After completing his studies at Klondike Middle School and Harrison High School, Haroon gained admission into Purdue University for his undergraduate studies in 2004. Four years later, he walked out of Purdue with dual bachelor’s degrees in Biological Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences. During his time at Purdue, Haroon served as President of both the Purdue University Muslim Student Association and the local chapter of AlMaghrib Institute (the Indiana chapter of the largest Islamic studies institute in the USA). Currently, he is pursuing his PhD at Purdue University in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology. He continues to enhance his knowledge and understanding of Islam by reading and attending religious seminars and workshops throughout the United States.
Ihsan Sarfraz – Ihsan was born in the UK, raised in Saudi Arabia, got married in Kuwait, but somehow manages to still find himself a national of Pakistan. During his youth years, Ihsan was blessed with the opportunity to complete the memorization of the entire Qur’an (become a hafidh). Ihsan completed his bachelor’s degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in 2009. He completed his master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2011 and is currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Engineering at Purdue University. In addition to his mentor responsibilities with the ISGL Youth Group, Ihsan enjoys tutoring youth and adults in the community in learning the basic fundamentals of recitation and memorization of the Qur’an. In his spare time, Ihsan enjoys using his culinary skills to put together large plates of biryani, tandoori chicken, and cheesecake.
THEY WERE HERE SO LONG AGO…FORMER TAG TEAM PARTNERS (i.e. IYG Mentors)
Fahad Shahab – From Libertyville, a suburb of Chicago, Fahad came to West Lafayette in the Fall of 2008 to attend Purdue University and pursue his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering. He had the pleasure of serving as MSA President, during which he successfully led a campus-wide event known as Islamic Awareness Week. Fahad also has had the opportunity to teach at the Sunday School at the local masjid in Libertyville, mentor those at the local chapter of Youth Muslim USA, and hold various other volunteering and leadership positions. His warm smile and infectious laughter helped lighten the mood at past youth group events in 2012. Sadly Mr. Shahab left the nest (West Lafayette) after picking up his bachelor’s of science in Industrial Engineering in December 2012. We wish him all the best in all of his future endeavors!
Oguz Hanoglu – Originally from the beautiful country of Turkey, Oguz decided to make a life-changing decision and join Purdue University in the Fall of 2012. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara in 2009. During his masters in Bilkent University, he received the prestigious IEEE Electron Devices Society Masters Student Fellowship to continue his studies in nano-biosensors. At Purdue, he completed a master’s degree in Engineering Education hoping to educate future engineers on how to engineer really cool items! In his spare time, Oguz loved to cleverly display his soccer skills at the TREC on Purdue’s campus. Always carrying a brilliant smile on his face, Oguz’s happy demeanor and positive attitude will be missed!