Arash Takshi

University of South Florida
Associate Professor
Tehran, Iran
Tampa, United States
Organic Metal-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor
John Madden

Where and what is your current position?

I teach undergraduate and graduate students, and also do research.

How does this job relate to your graduate degree?

As a faculty member I am continuing my research that I started at UBC during my PhD program, and I am also teaching a few subjects that I learned at UBC.

What motivated you to pursue graduate work at UBC?

My interest in learning more.

What did you enjoy the most about your time as a graduate student at UBC?

I not only learned about the science in my field, I also learned a new culture: a Canadian culture that I am proud of.

What are key things you did that contributed to your success?

My focus has always been on constant learning. I did not limit myself by shallow metrics such as publication numbers.

What is your best piece of advice for current graduate students preparing for their future careers?

Being a graduate student is a unique opportunity for engaging in deep research and developing a passion for the community. Do not miss that opportunity!

Did you have any breaks in your education?

I had a seven-year break after my MSc before starting my PhD. Working in industry during this period helped me to decide the field that I wanted to focus for my PhD.

What do you like and what do you find challenging about your current position?

I like doing research. Teaching is a constant learning process for me.