Zia Karim

DCU Alumni Presented with Alumni Award in San Francisco

With over 100,000 graduates all around the globe, the alumni office is always exceptionally excited to visit with and meet DCU Alumni outside of Ireland. DCU Alumni living and working in San Francisco and the Bay area gathered for a breakfast event at the Irish Consulate as part of a week of USA events arranged by the DCU Alumni Office. 

Zia Karim was presented with his 2023 DCU Alumni Award in person, after being unable to make the January event in Dublin, by DCU President Prof Dáire Keogh at the event at Ireland House. 

After being presented with his Alumni Award, Zia was given the opportunity to address the group of fellow alumni, colleagues, and family members. ‘DCU is very close to me and I always kept in touch with DCU faculties, Departments, and Alumni Relations. This is probably the best award for me from a very close institution.  It is an honour to be part of the illustrious lists on the DCU wall.  I thank my wife Sufia, my son Fahim and my daughter Lamia for their support, thank Prof. Noel Murphy for recommending my name, thank Prof. Hashmi and Prof David Cameron for helping me during my Ph.D., thank my landlady Carmel Cranston and her family for all the help, my friend Michael Murphy, and my parents in Bangladesh to let me go to far-away Ireland to have an amazing experience.’ 

At the San Francisco event, alumni enjoyed a great breakfast at Ireland House followed by a panel discussion, hosted by Ross, featuring Zia, who is Chief Technology Officer of Yield Engineering, and Eleanor Hayes Meritt, a 2020 DCU Alumni Award winner and Senior VP at Oracle.

Across four events in the lead up to St Patrick’s day, DCU Alumni from the University's international chapters in San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington DC and New York will gather to network with other alumni, strengthen their links with the DCU and hear from Dáire and Ross and the DCU Educational Trust on the latest updates and achievements from the University.