Students You Should Know: Monzurul Russel

As Americans, we often hear about people coming to this country in pursuit of their dreams. Monzurul Russel, a computer science major at the University of Northern Iowa, is one student who made his journey from Bangladesh for that very reason.

Monzurul Russel
After completing his degree at UNI, Russel would like to return to Bangladesh to create a software development company that will provide jobs for computer engineers.

Russel originally applied to about five universities in the country, but after researching online, he decided that UNI was the right place for him. After completing his degree in computer science, Russel wants to go back to Bangladesh and create a software development company that will provide jobs for computer engineers.

Kristi Marchesani, assistant director of international admissions, worked with Russel to make sure his transition to UNI was enjoyable. "She made the journey very easy for me," noted Russel. "After meeting with her, I thought 'that's the place I'm going.'"

"I met Russel during a recruiting trip to Bangladesh and immediately knew he would be a good match for UNI," said Marchesani. "He has made an impact during his time on campus with his willingness to share his culture, serve the community and spread school spirit."

At UNI, Russel works at Information Technology Services (ITS) as an IT technician, and at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) as a stagehand. He has also accepted a position as a summer orientation tour guide, where he looks forward to helping other students enjoy UNI.

"UNI has lots of opportunities for students," said Russel. After coming to the country, one of his main goals was to try a little bit of everything. In fact, one of the first clubs he joined at UNI was the Salsa Club, which he had never done before. "It's a mixture of all different kinds of experiences."

He is also the vice president of the International Student Promoters group, where he works to help international students make an easy transition to UNI. "We email them, we talk to them and try to make their journey to UNI easy," noted Russel.

Russel's dream has always been to create or invent something that could help people. He has been working vigorously on a website that showcases scholarly articles by people who overcame problems in their lives.

"Anybody can post their problem and the solution they found," informed Russel. "Hopefully my idea will work, and it will help the world." Although the website has yet to be launched, he hopes to have it finished soon.

Russel knows that some day he's "going to be famous."