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Faizur Rahman Shabu the visionary Data Architect

Faizur Rahman Shabu

Data Architect

In 1971, Faizur Rahman Shabu was around 13 years old when his family was living in a small town called Chhatak, a town in the Sumanganj District of the Sylhet Division in Bangladesh. He lived with his parents, the late Mrs. Jaribun Nessa and Mr. Jamir-Uddin Ahmed, along with 6 other brothers and sisters. At the time, his father worked in the local East Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation Facility, or EPDIC for short, as a Plant Works Engineer.
“The stories and the emotions of the “shangram” (struggle) are still clear in my memory. In our town, people used to say, ‘The Punjabis (Pakistani Military) are coming’ and we would run to hide behind the bushes over the hill too many times to count. The fear of being killed was instilled in us from that young age as soon as we heard ‘They are coming!’. My father, being a strong supporter of Bangabandhu Shaik Mujibur Rahman, now known as the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, feared our family would be targeted and we would head into the jungle to hide.
Unfortunately, his fears came true. It was a middle of liberation war in 1971, and the Punjabis infiltrated our town and started a massacre. My father was in central town on that day and they mistook him for a member of the Mukti Bahini (freedom fighters) and he was shot, with an AK Rifle.

We had found him the next morning by the bank of the Surma River, still alive. Our family rushed him to the hospital to operate, but there were no physicians available. After 8 long, painful hours at the hospital, my father passed away.
There are no words to describe the pain our family felt after what had been done to us. My mother, who passed away on May 1st, 2018, was a young widow of a Shaheed of the Bangladesh Liberation War. I have no idea to this day how she was able to raise all seven children with utmost care and love over the past 47 years.

The nation of Bangladesh has not been able to give support to any of the martyred families due to post-war devastation and political turmoil, and their enormous contribution have not been recorded in our history. Hopefully, one day through our stories, it will be known.
Rahman Shabu works for IBM as a Data Architect and then at Raytheon. Data architects are senior visionaries who translate business requirements into technology requirements and define data standards and principles. The data architect is responsible for visualizing and designing an organization’s enterprise data management framework.
In 1987, He received the B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology and in 1998, M.S in Computer Science from NYU. He passed his HSC from MC College Sylhet in the year 1975 and SSC from Chhatak Cement Factory High School also in Sylhet in 1973. Faizur Rahman Shabu is now a resident of Princeton, New Jersey, USA.


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