Dr Malik Muhammed Mahmud Awan Passes away
Dr Malik Muhammad Mahmud “Mudi” Awan passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 in Sturbridge, MA.
Engaged in international business for the last forty years, Dr Awan was a recognized investor and industrialist. He founded Techman in 1982, when American Optical (AO) was divested by Warner Lambert. He successfully led Techman International from a small management consulting organization to its present position as a prominent international trading and technology transfer company, with investment in a number of public companies in the U..
Besides his responsibilities at Techman International, Dr Awan was Professor Emeritus of National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan’s top university, where he was a member of the Corporate Advisory Board. Dr Awan also served as an Adviser to Government Agencies in China, Kazakhstan, and several other countries for privatization, deregulation, and trade liberalization.
He was a senior management consultant to a number of European and North American companies. In 1998, he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Technical Communications Corporation (TCCO), a NASDAQ company, manufacturer of encryption codes for air defense systems and other secure communications equipment.
A pioneer in furthering the fiber optic industry, Dr Awan was instrumental in setting up several manufacturing plants in Asia, including Oman Fiber Optic Company, where he served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2003, he was elected President of New England Fiberoptic Council (NEFC), and recently served as the President of Regional Technology Corporation, an organization devoted to regional economic growth in Western Massachusetts.
Dr Awan figured in several trade missions of the US Department of Commerce and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He represented the Massachusetts high technology industry in multiple trade delegations to Europe. In 2003, he was appointed to the Regional Competitive Council by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Since 1973, Dr Awan was an active member of Rotary International and a Paul Harris Fellow, having served as President of Sturbridge Rotary in 1984.
Besides his professional and academic accomplishments, he was a founding member of the Muslim community of Central Massachusetts since the early 1970s. His efforts led to the establishment of the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester.
Dr Awan is survived by his wife of 39 years, Roohi Awan; his two sons, Alijaan and AbdurRehman, and their wives and children, and his daughter, Aamina and her husband. He leaves many family members and friends. He will be deeply missed by all.