I am Malik Tubaishat. I am half Jordanian and half Syrian. I lived in Kuwait, Jordan, Malaysia and currently living in the USA to pursue a PhD degree. During my stay in the United States I worked as a teaching assistant, graduate instructor and currently I am a graduate research assistant.

My research interests are in wireless sensor networks, machine learning, self-organizing systems, and traffic engineering. Currently, my research is focused on binary code analysis and detecting malicious code using machine learning methods. When I am not working on my research I like reading non-fiction books. I write almost all my posts at coffee shops.

This blog is about my new life in the United States, myย observations andย thoughts about a new culture.

Jaraad is an Arabic word for locusts; migratory insects that swarm. They are also known for their love of food and traveling.

Email: jaraads@gmail.com

31 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for your visits to my cooking blog, i really appreciate it and appreciate what you said about my blog, i welcome any comment you leave.
    i am so glad the maqloobeh worked out for you..i actually did not make it, i only videotaped it at my sister’s house, she is a master cook and all her dishes are so wonderful and very home made, you know what i mean, made with family love and “nafas tayyeb”.
    as for the kabab, i will try to do it one day soon, this might wait till its warm enough to bar-b-q outdoors, i have it on my “to do” list inshallah.
    i read your eid post and i really felt for you and all the other people who have to spend eid away from home…sad!
    i will be looking around your blog today and read your past posts…you should have left a comment long time ago on my blog, i love hearing success cooking stories ๐Ÿ™‚
    thanks and have a great day.

    1. For some reason I don’t feel sensor networks had a good impression on you ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you!

  2. hi jaraad:
    since I got your last email, It occurred to me to visit your about page to know more about you.
    well, we have some common things believe it or not, I was born in Kuwait and lived their for a short period in my childhood but then we moved back to Jordan so I really don’t count that period as a part of my life.
    I majored in computer & information systems. I used to hate all the network courses, and loved every thing about databases.

    nice to know more about you
    good luck

    1. I didn’t know that about you, quite interesting.
      I was born in Kuwait and lived there for 15 years before moving for good to Jordan.
      Wish you all the best as well!

  3. Didin`t you have an about page from before? ๐Ÿ™‚

    “Again” hellooooooooooooooooooooooo and nice to E-meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. JARAAD! FUN: info and picture!!! WOW! Now I know who my Malik T fb friend is ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Little bugs? Four inches long is little? EEEEEEEEEK. I am just going to pretend that Jaraad means KING.

    1. You didn’t know me in facebook? That is awkward ๐Ÿ™‚
      No, Jaraad doesn’t mean king but one of the meanings of “Malik” is King ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. WOW
    From blogging anonymously to a profile with a picture ๐Ÿ˜€ a lot of improvement happened here ๐Ÿ˜›

    I think it’s much easier for a guy than a girl to do so,Inshallah u will not regret it

    Nice to know u more Malik ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, this the new me in 2011 ๐Ÿ™‚
      I agree it is easier for guys than girls.
      It is nice to got to know Jordanian bloggers. They made expats life easier. Reading posts about Jordan and what is going over there is always joyful.

  6. Hi,

    just felt i should reply because i am too a computer engineer pursuing PhD in the US. i am currently in virginia. I did work with sensor network my first year, but i switched to computer architecture.

    Maybe some day we will meet each other in some computer engineering event

    1. Hello Slvador,
      Thanks for your comment. Who knows may be we will meet one day. It is a very small world. Good luck with your PhD.

  7. why when i read that you are working on wireless sensor networks the idea that you are JUST graduate came up in my mind ๐Ÿ™‚ i worked on them on my graduation project :))

  8. “” cute bugs “”
    ุดูˆ ูŠุฎูˆูŠ ุŸ!! ู‚ุงู„ ูƒูŠูˆุช ู‚ุงู„ !!! ุดูˆ ุงู„ู„ูŠ ูƒูŠูˆุชู‡ ุŸ ู„ูˆูˆูˆูˆู„ ูˆุงู„ู„ู‡ ุบุฑูŠุจ ุนู†ุฌุฏ ุฅู†ูˆ ุญุฏุง ุจุญุจ ุงู„ุฌุฑุงุฏ …..ูŠุนูˆูˆูˆูˆูˆูˆูˆูˆูˆูˆ
    ุนู†ุฌุฏ ูŠู…ูƒู† ุงู†ุช ุงู„ูˆุญูŠุฏ ุจุงุงู„ุนุงู„ู… ูƒู„ู‡ ู‡ู‡ู‡ู‡ู‡ู‡ู‡ู‡ู‡ู‡

    1. ู…ุด ุนุงุฑู ู„ูŠุด ู…ุง ุญุฏุง ุนุงุฌุจู‡ ุงู„ุฌุฑุงุฏ
      ุนู„ู‰ ุงู„ุนู…ูˆู… ู…ู…ูƒู† ุชู†ุงุฏูŠู†ูŠ ู…ุงู„ูƒ ุจุฏู„ ุฌุฑุงุฏ :)ู€

  9. Welcome, Malik! What part of Syria is your family from? I traveled there in early 2009 and enjoyed it very much. The people are incredibly friendly and I’ve longed to go back ever since!

    How long have you been in the US so far? Actually maybe if I read your archives I’ll find out… ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hello Susanne,
      Welcome to my blog and thank you for the kind comments. I will try to reply to each one and hopefully I don’t leave one out ๐Ÿ™‚
      My mother is from Damascus. Although, it is very crowded but it is really very nice place. I am glad you meet some friendly people.
      I came to the US in 2002.

  10. Hi there Malik I just stumbled upon your blog and I really have enjoyed reading it for quite some while, very interesting and you are a good writer! It would be nice if you stopped by at my blog sometime too ๐Ÿ™‚
    P.s my husband is also a computer engineer and perhaps one day we will relocate to the US for his PhD studies as well but he needs some motivation for that first!

    1. Hello Laylah. Thanks for your kind words. I am glad you liked my blog. Thanks also for sharing your blog. I am always interested in reading westerners point of view about the Middle East. I skimmed your blog and it looks interesting. I will for sure come back to read it.
      Yes, you are right motivation is the first step before going for the PhD ๐Ÿ™‚ It is not an easy journey and one needs to be ready for it. Insh’Allah, your husband get the motivation to continue his study.

    1. I am nominated for what? Wow! Thank you. Being nominated by a published writer makes this nomination even more worthy. Thanks for your kind words as well.

    1. Thank you! This is very interesting.
      I would be glad to accept it of course. I am traveling to Jordan in less than a week though. If I couldn’t get to write a post about it before I leave maybe while on the road or better say in the sky.

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