Westfield resident helps employ IUK grads

Mohammad Almalag, left, with Derrek Bertrand at FDIS in Kokomo. (Submitted photo)

Mohammad Almalag, left, with Derrek Bertrand at FDIS in Kokomo. (Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner


After an IU Kokomo professor saw one of his informatics students working at a fast food restaurant, he wanted to make a difference among the students of IUK.

Mohammad Almalag, an assistant professor of informatics who lives in Westfield, co-owns Foxglove Digital Information Systems, which is a software design and website development business. Although employment of IUK grads and students isn’t exclusive, Almalag said many IUK grads and students work at his company, claiming “with so many talented graduates coming out of Indiana University’s state-wide system we never have to look very far for employees.”

“FDIS is a small tech firm that produces apps, designs and interactive web applications,” Almalag said. “The tech fields are getting ever more competitive. Graduates need an edge above their peers in order to look competitive on the job market. FDIS offers opportunities for internships, giving students the real world skills they might need to land their dream job.”

Almalag co-owns FDIS with Derrek Bertrand, an IUK graduate.  FDIS launched in September of this year.

A professor at IUK since 2013 and a Westfield resident since 2014, Almalag said he believes FDIS benefits Indiana by bringing work to the state for the out of state clients.

“Indiana has a steady supply of graduates and a competitive cost of living. Outsourcing to Indiana makes sense for our clients, for our state, and for us,” he said. “Within the next year, we will launch the sites and products of our two main clients. We’ll be hosting several internships and possibly expanding our office space again.”

For more, visit the Foxglove Digital Information Systems Facebook page.

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