Qaiser Aftab

Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), University of Toronto
Electrical and Computer Engineering | Minor in Engineering Business

Born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan , I came to Toronto in Sept 2008 to study Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. As an international student, I faced numerous challanges along the way which evolved me as less self-centered and more flexible person. In 2012, I started a Web Development Company now known as UofTDevelopers as a part-time activity to support my education.

Learning from other cultures
During past seven years that I have been in Canada, much of the knowledge and awareness I have gained is the result of my experience living in a multicultural place. There is always something in a different culture that I find interesting, relate to and maybe adopt into my life. For instance, allocating time for leisure activities, avoiding discussion on career/work related topics during an outing at Niagara falls, playing sports weekly and exercise, following heart and intuition are some important ideas I have started practicing over last few years.

Be Honest, be myself
I was member of Team REEVO at University of Toronto Entrepreneurship Hatchery, a Business incubator program. We were trying to sell the idea of automated house party lightening system that can respond to music. Different members of the team were looking for different things from the project/program, some just wanted an internship, some experience etc. I was looking for experience, and did not really have passion for the project. Project was therefore not a success but a very valuable learning lesson. To build something great, whether its a career or business or a product, passion is the key. Therefore, since then I have refused to get involved in projects that I do not felt passionate about. Being honest with myself about a career choice became my priority since then.

Fulfilling commitments
I am fortunate that I have been trusted with important projects and have delivered them. When a business or an individual trusts me with a project, I feel responsible to completing it as agreed. This implies that I do not agree on something that I cannot deliver and have the courage to say 'no' to offers that I am not truely interested in or seem compelling only in the short run.

Respect others, their time is as important as mine
Agreeing to have lunch tomorrow and cancelling few hours before, or saying something I donot really mean to do, were my worst habbits few years ago. Fortunately, I have realized that time of others is as important as mine, and I not only say, I also mean what I say.

Clear communication, expectations and feedback
I believe it is very important to have open and clear communication in all relationships, whether personal or professional. Expectations must also be realistic and communicated to the other person. Positive feedback aka appreciation as well as negative feedback must be communicated in the most respectful manner. Clear communication can avoid most conflicts and improve relationships.

"A creative person is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others." | Ayn Rand

Electrical and Computer Engineering Projects, and techanical skills are showcased on my Engineering Design Portfolio

Inspirational Videos

Steve Jobs Standford commencement speech is the most motivational video I have ever seen.

In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith talks about the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.

Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery

In his film, 'Transcendent Man', Ray Kurzweil, one of the world's leading futurist, scientist and inventor, predicts that with the ever-accelerating rate of technological change, humanity is fast approaching an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and millions of times more powerful. Full film is available on youtube

Interests and extracurricular

  • play badminton three times a week at YMCA, workout alteast twice a week
  • love travelling to hill stations, lakes, hiking, have been to Vancouver, Calgary, Jasper, Canadian Rockies, Windsor and many cities in Canada
  • long walk daily whenever I do not go for workout or badminton
  • love trying all kinds of food, frequent visitor of spring sushi, spring rolls, indian buffet, wanda's waffles
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