About me

Present

I am a postdoctoral fellow and a sessional instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. I recieved my PhD in mechanical engineering from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. My PhD research project was defined under the Smart Net-zero Energy Building Strategic Research Network umbrella to devise strategies, approaches and incentive measures to convert existing Canadian houses into net/near zero energy buildings.
Halifax is one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Atlantic Canada is full of vibrant historic and natural sites including Old Town of Lunenburg and Bay of Fundy. Former is the UNESCO world cultural heritage site as the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America and latter is one of Canada’s Natural wonders. On a flood tide, 160 billion tonnes of seawater flows into the Bay of Fundy — more than four times the estimated combined flow of all the world’s freshwater rivers during the same 6-hour interval. The world’s highest average tides in Bay of Fundy provides a unique opportunity to generate renewable electricity from tidal energy in Atlantic Canada.
I enjoy exploring these beautiful places in Nova Scotia and taking photographs. Every season in Nova Scotia, including the short summer, has its own unique and picturesque beauty, which makes taking good photographs an easy endeavour. After the busy metropolitan life in Shiraz, the relatively quiet natural beauty of Nova Scotia helped me to return to appreciating nature once again.

Past

I was born and raised in Shiraz. I was accepted into the Shiraz branch of the National Organization of Development Exceptional Talents (NODET) School at grade six. Admission to NODET schools is selective and based on a comprehensive nationwide entrance examination procedure. After receiving high school diploma from Shiraz NODET I pursued my studies in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Shiraz University. I received my BSc and MSc degrees with top student distinction from Shiraz University.
Shiraz is one of the major cities and a cultural hub in the south of Iran. Shiraz truly represents Iranian culture as it was the capital of many dynasties ruled in Persia (now Iran) through history. Three UNESCO world heritage cultural sites (i.e. Pasargadae, Persepolis, and The Ancient Garden of Pasargadae and Bagh-e Eram as part of the Persian gardens) are located in Shiraz. Many of Shiraz artists, scholars and poets made Shiraz a leader in art, science and literature.
Shiraz is also considered by many Iranians to be the city of gardens, due to the many gardens and fruit trees that can be seen in the city. The crafts of Shiraz include Khatam, silver-ware, pile carpet-weaving and weaving of kilim.
Shiraz is home to Iran's first solar power plant. Recently the city's first wind turbine has been installed above Babakoohi Mountain near the city.
I was fortunate to travel extensively in Shiraz and other parts of Iran. These travels opened my eyes to the rich historical and cultural heritage of Iran, and I started to develop a keen interest in history, culture and art in general. Now, with every opportunity, I try to visit a few extra places when I go to a conference, sharpening my skills as a good traveller and practicing my skills as a novice travel photographer.