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Alumnus listed in '40 Under 40' for Class of 2016

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May 26, 2016

CEO of Vinli and UDM alumnus, Mark Haidar ’08 master’s of electrical and computer engineering, was selected by the Dallas Business Journal in the ’40 Under 40’ class of 2016.

Mark HaidarNearly 500 individuals were nominated for the 2016 class.

Nominees were evaluated by a judging panel consisting of ‘40 Under 40’ alumni.

Criteria for selecting this year’s class was:

  1. How impactful or significant is this individual at his or her company and in his or her industry;
  2. How does the individual give back to the community?

“Mark is a prime example of this balance,” says Anna Butler, associate editor of the Dallas Business Journal.  “He is jet-set on a regular basis across the globe and still makes time to give back to those in need not only in Dallas, but in the world at-large.”

Vinli is known for a device that plugs into the one unique feature all vehicles produced since 1996 are required to have — the On-Board Diagnostic System or the OBD-II port.

The device simply plugs into the vehicles OBD-II port, typically located under the driver's side dash, and drivers and passengers can harness its power through mobile apps available in the Vinli app store.  There are apps available to notify in real-time with GPS coordinates of the vehicle’s whereabouts should it be stolen; to control teen drivers routes and speeds; and navigate the vehicle’s systems and get notified of any problems. Then, of course, there is the WiFi hotspot, connecting passengers to connection speeds faster than most home Internet services.

“I am very thankful for the opportunities I received at UDM,” says Haidar.  “As a CEO, it is difficult to find engineers with the experience I need.  I would love to hire engineers from UDM because I am confident of the knowledge and training that they received here.”

See Haidar’s listing and the complete list in the Dallas Business Journal.

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