Name: Maryam Tabibzadeh Title: Development Tester Office location: Cary, North Carolina Joined SAS in: March 2000
Some people think using the left side of their brains: with logic and reason. Others think using the right side of their brains: with creativity and vision.
I think I am one of those people who uses both sides of the brain. The left side for math and computer skills and the right side for writing and creating, said Maryam Tabibzadeh, Development Tester in Research and Development. Last year, Maryam used her talents to write a novel entitled Persian Dreams.
Maryam said she has had a love for writing since she was in elementary school. In the fifth grade my father told me that someday I could write about people, she said. Maryam also realized that she was proficient in mathematics. I loved math and was as passionate about it as I was my composition classes.
In college, Maryam decided that she would have to choose the abilities from one side of her brain to focus on. She decided to focus on her more logical side, and graduated from college with a Masters in Computer Science. She taught classes at Rutledge College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1985-1990, when she moved to IBMto work as a computer engineer. Maryam joined SAS as a Development Tester in Advanced Server Development in R&D in 2000.
When Maryam moved to this area, she became very involved in a Persian culture society, writing articles and short stories for their newsletter
About four years ago, her oldest daughter asked her, What would you like to do if you had the magic to do anything? Maryam's reply: Write a book. Her daughter encouraged her to follow her dream. Even though Maryam felt shy about writing in English, she felt her book would bring to life a culture and history that is largely unknown to Westerners.
We hear about Iran in the news every day, but all we learn about is the violence and terrorism. I wanted to write this book to show the people of my home country that they are good people and have feelings. My own children didn't even know much about the world we grew up in, an Iran much different than it is today.
Fariba Bat-Haee, a development tester in R&D and close friend to Maryam, has read Persian Dreams. There is a lot of negative publicity about Iran (Persia) these days. Since the country was referred to as part of the axis of evil, I think it is even more important for everyone to know the true Iran, the Iranians and their culture, Fariba said, Maryam's book paints a different picture of Iran, a country that is rich in history, traditions, and most importantly poetry.
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Maryam has always been a source of pride and admiration due to her social progressiveness, her educational achievements in Iran as well as in the US, her professional accomplishments, and most of all in her parenthood for raising two beautiful children.
Maryam left a lasting impression when I met her closely in our home in Shiraz for the first time when I was 13. Since then, I have always admired her spirit from close and afar, and have appreciated her commitment to keeping in touch with the family.