Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
Because of my passion to learn more about materials science, I decided to continue my study. Also, completing a PhD would be a great chance for me to learn how to deal with large obstacles of the project.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I decided to move to the University of British Columbia for my PhD studies because of its prestigious and prominent extractive research groups. Distinguished faculty members, advanced research facilities, diversity and high ranking are among the merits of the University of British Columbia. Being well known as a diverse and welcoming campus, UBC offers a huge potential for collaboration with other students on extracurricular activities. I play music and I think pursuing extracurricular activities especially in the field of music not only enhances my leadership skills but also helps me connect with various people from different cultural backgrounds.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I have been playing Tar, Setar, Tanbour, and Oud (Persian musical instruments) for about 20 years. Music is the best activity to make me feel relaxed.
What was your Mitacs internship, and how did it contribute to your professional development?
The long term goal of my project is to produce high purity ferronickel while diminishing the load of the refinery. Hatch Ltd. has been extensively involved in design and implementation of various ferronickel production plants; therefore, the company is interested in producing high quality ferronickel alloys. Mitacs Accelerate provided a great connection between my research project and industry partner. In other words, Mitacs Accelerate helped me to sense real-world challenges and find ways to solve them in order to reach beneficial outcomes for the industry and the world.