Sharif Shahadat

Dekalb, IL 60115 ·

Technologist by heart, educationist by passion. Turning years of experience in technology field towards the betterment of instructional designs. Proficient in the use of instructional technologies, such as eLearning/content authoring tools, Learning Management Systems, web conferencing, and mobile technologies.


Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant

Northern Illinois University
  • Providing instructional assistance for hosting after school program on 3D printing in Rockford Environmental Science Academy
  • Transformed existing Excel-based inventory management system in the department by transitioning to Microsoft PowerApps
  • Teaching and updating course components for an online undergraduate-level course each semester: Digital Visual Literacy for Learning (average class size of 90 students)
August 2020 - May 2021

Intern, Training and Methods

Commonwealth Edison (COMED)
  • Migrated over 50 paper-based worksheets to Microsoft forms for transitioning to virtual instruction
  • Maintained and summarized 25 students’ progress, attendance, notes, and other analytics throughout a 6-week long apprenticeship program (Tools of the Trade)
  • Compiled list of 70 videos related to ComEd and skill trades from various sources (MS Stream, YouTube, Vimeo etc.)
  • Worked with instructional designers to simplify multiple forms used by Exelon Utilities
  • Delivered presentation on “Creating Engaging Visual Content” to employees of Training and Methods in a Lunch and Learn session
  • Updated four LMS administration job-aids
June 2021 - August 2021

Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant

Northern Illinois University
  • Teaching and updating course components for an online undergraduate-level course each semester: Digital Visual Literacy for Learning (average class size of 80 students)
  • Contribute in wearable research to measure student anxiety in different learning environments
August 2020 - May 2021

Academic Intern (Instructional Design Specialization)

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd)
  • Developed "Green Energy Awareness" course using Articulate Storyline 360 with two other interns and an instructional designer in the Training and Methods department which got published in ComEd's LMS
  • Created over 20 worksheets for Construction And Skilled Trades (CAST) test which is a requirement for entry-level jobs at ComEd
  • Produced glossary and acronym list for new interns which contains words commonly used in different departments
June 2020 - August 2020

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Northern Illinois University
  • Teaching two online undergraduate-level courses each semester: Computers in Education and Computers in Classroom Teaching (average class size of 30 students)
  • Upgrading course components to maintain compatibility with Blackboard Ultra
  • Planning and execution of course updates to integrate latest technological tools in the content
  • Creating video tutorials using Camtasia
August 2019 - May 2020

Academic Intern (Instructional Design Specialization)

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd)
  • Developed hands-on lessons for high school and elementary school students on renewable energy
  • Worked closely with subject matter experts and develop multimedia content for a trade-education based summer program
  • Developed multimedia content for multiple students
  • Created lesson plans for a pre-employment test preparation
June 2019 - August 2019

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Northern Illinois University
  • Planning and execution of two online higher education courses
  • Creation of video, document, and audio learning objects using various software programs (Audacity, Adobe Captivate, PowerPoint, Moviemaker)
  • Hosting online support sessions for courses using Adobe Connect, and Google Hangouts
  • Web page design for online courses (Google Sites)
  • Import/Export of course materials for Blackboard
  • Suggest improvement over the current syllabi of online courses
August 2018 - May 2019

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Northern Illinois University
  • Deliver a range of teaching and assessment activities including tutorials directed towards the delivery of "Computers in Education" course at undergraduate level
  • Assist in observing/assessing students’ progress – Kept records and consulted with educational experts to fine-tune methods used
  • Manage course content through Blackboard
January 2018 - May 2018

IT Intern

Eastland Travel and Tours Inc.
  • Supporting PC hardware & software components, and perform repairs to equipment if necessary
  • Single out and execute opportunities for automating tasks for IT, managers and the team
  • Performing research and evaluate products and software to assist in the selection and purchase of equipment and installation or upgrade of systems
  • Improving functionality for Eastland's website, including troubleshooting and maintenance
September 2017 - December 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of New Orleans
  • Coordinated with students and faculty to educate and develop student talents
  • Trained and mentored students for Digital System Design class and Logic Circuits Lab
  • Graded Digital Logic Lab and class
August 2016 - December 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of New Orleans
  • Built student understanding in Logic Circuits and Electronics Lab
  • Enhanced the educational environment by providing tutoring and mentorship
  • Facilitated increased productivity through professor support activities
  • Troubleshoot laboratory processes to identify and address inefficiencies
August 2015 - May 2016

Student Grader

University of New Orleans
  • Graded assignments for 3 courses (Circuits-I, Circuits-II, Digital Logic Design)
  • Helped students by providing detailed feedback on every assignment
January 2015 - May 2015

Transmission Engineer

Starlink Technologies Ltd.
  • Utilized computer-aided design software (CAD) to create system designs
  • Did research on potential materials, equipment and designs to fit system requirements
  • Installation and commissioning of Huawei Base Transceiver Systems
  • Installation of fiber optic networks for various Interconnection Exchange (ICX) clients
January 2012 - February 2013


Northern Illinois University

Doctor of Philosophy - Instructional Technology

GPA: 3.9

January 2018 - Present

University of New Orleans

Master of Science - Electrical Engineering

GPA: 3.60

August 2014 - May 2017

Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology

Bachelor of Science - Electrical Engineering

GPA: 3.43

October 2007 - January 2012


Programming Languages & Tools
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Articulate Storyline
  • PowerPoint
  • Blackboard
  • Axure


Apart from being a techie, I enjoy most of my time being outdoors. In the winter, I am a novice ice skater. During the warmer months here in Dekalb, I enjoy biking and kayaking.

When staying indoors, I follow a number of documentary and comedy genre movies and tv shows. I also spend a large amount of my free time exploring the latest technology advancements in the EdTech world.

Awards & Certifications