Mohammad Zandsalimy

Stability analysis and improvement of finite volume methods
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Since a very young age, I have been passionate about learning topics in science and engineering. Knowledge and wisdom enable me to help humanity reach beyond the stars. A Ph.D. degree at UBC presents new challenges to sharpen my skills in Computational Fluid Dynamics and makes me a mature scientist to reach my ultimate goal.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is a world-class university providing numerous opportunities for one’s growth. Utilizing these offerings can help me in my ultimate quest in life. Furthermore, collaborating with one of the best-known CFD scientists in the field, Prof. Carl Ollivier-Gooch, brings my dreams into a more realistic perspective.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The opportunity to connect with the experts in CFD, the availability of world-class experimental facilities, and well-funded positions made UBC an attractive institution for me.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

I was surprised to see how diverse the culture in Vancouver is. I am glad that people from every corner of the world are coming together peacefully with the utmost respect.

UBC is a world-class university providing numerous opportunities for one’s growth.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

Performing research is my favorite facet of the program. Publishing my findings in the top academic journals of the field and contributing to science in this way makes it an order of magnitude better.

What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

With many talented individuals, the competition for academic positions is fierce. Great effort is required to rise on top.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

Curiosity, great passion for learning, and willingness to help others have all had a significant impact on my success so far. This program presents challenges that one can only overcome with a sharp mind and a keen heart.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I enjoy numerous activities including, mountain climbing, cycling, swimming, tennis, badminton, skateboarding, video games, board games, long walks and hiking, traveling the world, reading classic novels, movies, and many more.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Enjoy life to the fullest, make good friends, build a professional network, utilize every second of your time, and never get discouraged.


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