Pakistani engineer recognised for contributing software code to NASA’s Mars 2020 mission

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Ahmad Awais contributed code to the software for the Mars 2020 helicopter mission, also known as NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter. Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Ahmad Awais

US Embassy Islamabad on Monday has recognised the contributions of a Pakistani award-winning open-source engineer, Ahmad Awais, for contributing code to the software for the Mars 2020 helicopter mission, also known as NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter.

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"Pakistani developers are truly making their mark in the world. #DidYouKnow Ahmad Awais (@MrAhmadAwais), a Pakistani award-winning open-source engineer, contributed code to the software for the Mars 2020 helicopter mission, also known as NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter?," read a message on US Embassy Islamabad's official Twitter account.

This is not the first time that Pakistanis have garnered praises in the Information Technology (IT) field. 

Back in March, 15-year-old Pakistani app developer Nabeel Haider came up with a solution: an alternative instant messaging app that he claims works even better.

Haider hails from Karachi and has a keen interest in app development.

Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin-ul-Haque, who met and praised the teenager for his dedication, has offered him a chance to refine the app under expert supervision.