I’m Yaman R.Kalaji, a Computer engineer from the University of Aleppo, Syria.
Former co-founder & Technology Consultant at Beetronix
Currently working on my MSc in Connected Environments at UCL, United Kingdom.
I think we are on a long mission in this life, building and innovating are the primary goals especially for our country’s current condition.
The first step should be creating a solid foundation, which it cannot be done by science alone, but focusing on intellectual fields along with science and team-building is the way to go. So I believe in finding the perfect balance between those three points is what will make us a fully-capable community.
Interests and expertise fields:
I consider myself an inventor & innovator, with a passion to move team momentum toward a common goal. I extremely enjoy entrepreneurship and working with startups.
In the past decade, I’ve founded & worked on several projects in both industry and community and was a tech lead in various domains. My expertise covers; Project Management, Business Process Management and Technology Infrastructure Engineering.
As for the research area; I’m currently working on my MSc, my focus has been directed toward Smart Cities & Autonomous Vehicles after creating the first autonomous vehicle in Syria (Yes, a real self-driving car in Syria, I understand if you’re surprised).
I’m also an instructor and blogger with an enthusiasm for sustainable development, open-source technology and open-access knowledge.
Of course, all of us have a personal side; I enjoy photography, history, as well as social & Islamic studies.
On a side note, what does “R.Kalaji” mean?
Well, that’s right, it’s a two-word last name. “Rawas” comes from ‘leader’, and “Kalaji” comes from ‘citadel’.
It’s the Citadel of Aleppo of course (in the picture), where my ancestors lived between the 14th & 16th century*.
As for the ‘leader’ part, it’s related to their leadership in the carpet industry profession between 16th & 17th centuries.
*Based on the research done by our family in 2020.