# ESP Biography

## MOTTAQUI KARIM, Senior Software Engineer, Professor

Major: Electrical Engineering

College/Employer: Intersection Co.

## Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hello, wrold! (Yes, you read that correctly: __wrold__)

Please call me Taq; I am an engineer and an educator.

Currently, I am a Senior Software Engineer at Intersection (the company that does the LinkNYC digital kiosks you see all around town).

I also moonlight as an instructor: currently I am an adjunct professor at the King's College (I teach an introductory Web Development class) and a veteran instructor at General Assembly (where I have taught web development classes...a lot).

In a past life (ie: in college), I ran a small tutoring company where I taught folks all sorts of math and science.

If I'm not working, you can find me at home working on hardware hacks with my wife to add functionality to Wadsworth, our answer to Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S virtual butler.

## Past Classes

(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)

S547: Introduction to Special Relativity in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 04, 2017)
Interesting things happen when you are moving really quickly. In this talk, we will examine Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity (STR). In a nutshell, STR postulates that, depending on your point of view, when moving __very__ quickly (fractions of the speed of light), time slows down and length/distance actually contracts! In this class, we will prove these ideas out with some basic thought experiments and simple math (elementary algebra / euclidean geometry). By the end of the talk, it should be clear (mathematically) why it is impossible for anything in this universe to travel faster than the speed of light.

M97: Introduction to Computer Programming in Javascript in Splash Spring 2013 (Mar. 30, 2013)
What do Twitter, Facebook, Google, and just about any other website you visit on the internet (including this one) have in common? They all use Javascript! We will explore the basics of programming from the standpoint of web development. (And you will see how Javascript serves to enhance a user's experience on a webpage)