Aerospace engineer turned educator turned physicist; that is how I introduce myself usually! I have worked mainly on using computational tools and analysis to help better understand the world around us or develop better systems to explore what lies beyond our Earth. I also have a great enthusiasm for space activities and STEM education, which is why a lot of the activities I do link with these two topics.
I currently work as an Executive Research Coordinator and the Group Manager for the Programming Languages for Artificial Intelligence (PLAI) Group at UBC, focusing on managing some of our research projects with DARPA, along with applying for grant programs and developing relationships with industry to build novel AI applications based on research activities in our group.
I am also the Director of Engineering at LDC Solutions, a small consulting company in Canada. I also support Skolkovo Foundation in their selection of grant recipients as a member of the Export Board for the Space and Telecommunications Cluster.
In 2019, I worked as a Technical Consultant with Defence Research and Development Canada, helping model different classes of unmanned aerial systems, analyze their failure modes.
From 2014 to 2018, I was a European Commission funded Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Fellow at ISI Foundation in Torino Italy, where I worked as part of the ITN-WALL project on modeling magnetic phenomena in nanostructures.
Before that, from 2010 to 2012 I worked at the Combustion and Propulsion group at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies, developing a computational methodology based on machine learning to develop surrogate mixtures for aerospace fuels. This role was preceded by internships and research assistantships at the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, and the Space Systems Research Center at K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Iran, where I worked on system level modeling and design optimization of space launch systems.
Since 2009 I have also been active in teaching, most notably acting as teaching assistant for the fourth year Aircraft Design course and the first year Engineering Strategies and Practices course at the University of Toronto, both hands-on project based design courses. From 2011 to 2019, I was also an outreach instructor with the University of Toronto Engineering Outreach Office, delivering STEM outreach courses as part of the DEEP Summer Academy.
Within my professional community, I served as the Chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council from 2016 to 2018, having served in other roles since 2012. I also serve as a vice-chair of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC) and a member of the IAF Workforce Development-Young Professionals Programme Committee (WD-YPP).
When not conducting research or volunteering with professional organizations, I work with organization such as Let’s Talk Science and the Ontario Online Research Coop to educate the next generation, or act as a consultant with organizations such as the Skolkovo Foundation with their start-up incubation programs.
This website summarizes some of the projects I worked on, my background and some activities I am up to right now.