Photo: Jason Dorfman, CSAIL photographer
Where did you grow up: In Shiraz, Iran.
What was your academic path before coming to grad school at MIT? I received my MSc in Computing Science from the University of Alberta at Edmonton. Before that, I got a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran.
What did you want to be when you were younger? Is that still an interest of yours?
What is something most people would be surprised to learn about you? I have a goofy memory. Years ago, I aimed to be a neurologist, but for obvious reasons I switched to math! Also, I have been following Animes for 9 years.
What department are you currently working in, and when did you start there? I'm a PhD student in Aero/Astro; I started here in February of 2008.
What are you working on and why are you passionate about it? Currently, I am involved in unmanned air vehicle traffic control project funded by Boeing company. I enjoy everything about wind, sky, space...
What is your favorite thing about working at CSAIL? The Building is not boring to walk in.
What effect do you think your area of work will have on the world in the next decade? As the number of cars increases, public transportation becomes more of a challenge, especially in big cities. I believe automated transportation through air will be a very effective solution in the near future.
What are your future plans? I'm hoping to do research or a postdoctoral fellowship in Japan, work in academia in the US or Canada, or maybe work on space projects, potentially with NASA.
What advice would you give a prospective CSAIL graduate student? Watch Randy Pausch's presentaion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo
Is there anything else you'd like to share? First time at CSAIL? No worries! Ask people for directions. They understand.