Umer Khan is the Senior Director of IT at SpaceX, a company that designs, manufactures, and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. His role is to deliver Information Technology that enables a business comprised of rocket scientists and engineers, full-scale USA-based manufacturing, and mission-critical launch and control.

Umer has served as an author, editor, and reviewer for several technical publications related to networking, security, and UNIX, and his Cisco Security Specialist’s Guide to PIX Firewalls book became a best-seller in the industry. He also holds 19 professional and IT-related certifications (including the CCIE) and has filed for three US patents related to networking technologies.

Umer received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Umer is passionate about family and loves spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys learning the sciences of tafseer, tajweed, qiraa-aat, Islamic Finance, and aqeedah.

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