Software in Seattle

22 Nov


When Mohammed Alabsi (MS ’07 computer science) went to work for in Seattle in 2007, he was one of about 17,000 employees. Today, he’s one of nearly 100,000 employees worldwide.

So is a fast-growing, fast-moving company, and Mohammed is fine with that.

“The company’s motto is ‘Work hard. Have fun. Make history,’” he says. “I think that’s pretty accurate.”

Since joining the online retail company as a software engineer, Mohammed’s work itself has been fast-moving. Four patents are displayed in his office, and he has three more pending. He’s helped build a number of Amazon products including Mechanical Turk, a crowd-sourcing Internet marketplace; AmazonLocal, a daily deals service; and Amazon’s online advertising platform. He’s currently a member of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) team.

Mohammed grew up in Egypt and Jordan. He came to the United States when he was 17, lived in New Jersey, and got his undergraduate degree at the College at Brockport, part of the State University of New York system.

“The best thing about my job is that I get to work with a lot of smart people and have a chance to work with interesting products and exciting problems,” Mohammed says. “I like to think what I do makes a difference.”

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