Q: Briefly introduce yourself.
A: Hello, I am Maheed ur Rehman, I was born in Charsadda and raised in Peshawar. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Univerisity of Engineering and Technology, and I am now pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Power.
Q: How has your education prepared you for this job?
A: For any job, relevant education is essential. I had applied to the Fellowship Program in 2017 as well when I had just graduated from university, but my application wasn’t accepted. Later I took some courses from KPITB related to IoT and data analysis and also completed a project with UNDP on SDG goals. I also took courses on Coursera that paved the way for me to get enrolled in the current Fellowship.
I am very proud that I was a part of the IPMS Support team and got the chance to work on the data analysis and support work for COVID-19 relief activities.
Q: You have been an IoT device expert. Tell us something about IoT devices and how they can be applied in the government sector?
A: IoT can be used in the agricultural sector, to help farmers automate their farming, water direction and percentage, soil testing, weather forecasting, and a lot more to improve the productivity of agriculture. IoT devices can also be used to monitor and save water and energy consumption, as well as traffic.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge with IoT technology, and how did you resolve it?
A: Developing an IoT device and connecting it to the internet for real-time data was a difficult task for me because of the coding. I have always found coding difficult. After finding platforms like Github where you need to find a way to use the open-source code for your project and get the work done smartly, I found a way to deal with this difficulty.
Q: How do you think your previous managers/coworkers would describe working with you?
A: Friendly, respectful, and punctual.
Q: Tell me about the biggest mistake you ever made at work and what did you do about it?
A: Once I presented my startup related to energy monitoring and controlling at an event, and an investor asked me to contact him for direct investment. I ended up not approaching him as I didn’t know who he was, but later found out he was the CEO of the biggest industry in Peshawar.
I believe sometimes you cannot go back and fix things, you learn from it and don’t make that mistake again.
Q: Were you keen to be selected in the KP Fellowship Program, or did you apply casually?
A: I applied thrice before finally being selected for the Fellowship Program this year.
Q: What are your thoughts about the emerging technology culture in KP?
A: I would say big cities in KP have embraced digitization, but a lot of work still needs to be done for digitization in the remote towns of KP so that people don’t use the internet just for entertainment, but also to educate themselves, and access resources and services.
Q: Which project did you work on during your Fellowship? How did help you build your capacity?
A: I worked on the Integrated Performance Management System (IPMS) project for the Health Department as a data analyst. I have been using SQL previously, but after joining the Fellowship, we were introduced to a new tool that I had never used before which was “PowerBI,” for data analysis.
Q: In a few words, describe what skills and knowledge you bring to our team.
Q: What do other Fellows say is your best quality?
A: I’m always available to work and collaborate.
Q: What do you feel about the environment during your Fellowship? Would you recommend any improvements?
A: The working environment was excellent, though it is the first time the Fellowship was being run remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There were a lot of sessions to help us. I wanted at least one month of working together physically in Durshal but the pandemic didn’t allow that.
Q: Is it better to be perfect and late, or good and on time?
A: I would prefer to be good and on time, rather than perfect.
Q: How do you deal with different personalities in the Fellowship team?
A: I have worked in inclusive environments, I try to follow the, “agree to disagree,” rule.
Q: If your boss asked you to jump, would you ask how high? Or, would you ask, why do you want me to jump?
A: How high.
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I’m passionate about solving problems through the use of the latest technology.
Q: What have you always wanted to do in life? Did you ever accomplish it?
A: I want to tour every corner of my country alone, and enjoy the natural beauty just being with myself. It hasn’t happened yet, but it is on my bucket list.
Q: Would you like to say something to our readers?
A: Perseverance will pay off; stay put.