Waleed Sarwari


Major: Information Technology (Computer Science) in the College of Science and Technology
Hometown: Stafford, Va.
Campus Involvement: Brother of Phi Sigma Kappa social fraternity, President of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Assistant Resident Director for the university-owned apartments (2011-2012), Member of the Association for Computer Machinery, National Residence Hall Honorary, Resident Assistant fall 2009 to spring 2011, Resident Assistant Advisory Board, RU Microsoft Student Partner 2010-2011, IT peer Instructor 2010-2011.

At the age of 10, Waleed Sarwari and his family left their home in Pakistan and immigrated to the United States. They soon settled in Northern Virginia.

Although not fluent in English when he arrived in America, Sarwari was determined to learn it and turned to his computer for help. Those early experiences working and playing on the computer ignited Sarwari’s desire to pursue an education in information technology.

“I love this major because there is always something new to do with assignments and lab projects. Information technology is not just memorization of words and ideas. It's all about problem solving,” he said. “This kind of opportunity is a dream come true for me.”

Sarwari is not only a dedicated student, he also believes in giving to back to the community. As a Resident Assistant (RA) in Moffett Hall in the spring of 2010, Sarwari and others organized a fundraiser to benefit the victims of a devastating earthquake in Haiti. He’s also active in his fraternity, which helped with the local Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. He also volunteered his time during the Moffett Quad trick-or-treating event for local children.

After graduation, Sarwari plans to pursue a career in software engineering.