Furqan received his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and History from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in May 2006. From August 2006 until May 2008 he was a recipient of the National Science Foundation's GK-12 Fellowship. As a GK-12 Photonics Fellow he worked with science teachers of the Albuquerque Public Schools to develop learning modules based on optics and photonics. While pursuing his Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Optoelectronics at the University of New Mexico (UNM), he was part of the Center of Excellence for High Energy Lasers, a joint venture among the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate, UNM, and several other universities. It was during this time he first learned about fiber laser technologies. Furqan graduated with his Masters of Science degree in December 2008. Currently he is working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the Laser & Electro-Optics Branch focusing mainly on LIDAR technologies.