Taher Haji

“Just because you make a good plan, doesn’t mean that’s what’s gonna happen.”

Taylor Swift

Taher Haji

Undergraduate Student
Computer Science Major


Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved building things. Whether it was an intricate lego city that I put on one side of my room or a couple pieces of wood that I nailed together and called a table, simply the idea of creating something new from random things I found around my house was entrancing to me. This passion for buildings things actually introduced me to the world of programming and computer science. It fascinated me that you could type a couple of words and all of a sudden be looking at a fully functioning website.

As I grew older, I became more and more interested in learning how things work. What does a computer do internally when I press this button? Or what happens inside my car when I go to turn it on? This led to me becoming very interested in data science. Extracting tiny details from large unstructured data sets and using them in various ways or working with API’s and JSON files brought me the same type of joy I experienced when I put two lego bricks together when I was ten.

At the same time, I became increasingly interested in space. Growing up in Houston, my parents would frequently take me to NASA’s Space Center. It always amazed me to see all of the different types of rockets, and everything that they were able to do. It was my dream to one day be able to work on a project that could eventually make its way out of Earth… or even further!


  • BS in Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines
Student Taher Haji posing for a photo in front of Clear Creek


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1101 18th Street
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401