Biography

As a brief background: I grew up in Iran. As a teenager, I had a passion for science and sport and the zest for travel and adventure! I had the opportunity to study in the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) in Iran (middle and high schools) that helped me a lot to develop my professional career. After completion of my undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Tehran, I had the opportunity to pursue my graduate studies at Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech (Paris Institute of Technology) in France. I spent four fantastic years in Paris (a moveable feast!) and received my M.Sc. in Soil and Rock Mechanics (2007) and Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering (2010). This stay was an excellent opportunity for me to improve my language skills and made me capable to read some masterpieces of French literature (Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alexandre Dumas, Romain Gary and so on.) in French! Being fond of new experiences, I decided to go to La Belle Province to pursue my postdoctoral fellowships in NSERC-Hydro-Quebec Industrial Research Chair at Laval University (2010-2012). After completing my academic education, I worked in Montreal (2013-2014) as a project manager on several geotechnical projects including the design of foundation systems, slope stability and landslides, and underground structures. During this period, I taught several courses at Polytechnique of Montreal and Ecole de Technologie Superieure (Engineering school of the University of Quebec in Montreal).

I started my academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. I am also an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering at UofM. My strong theoretical background in continuum and porous mechanics, as well as my industrial experience, allow me to follow broad and multidisciplinary fields of research. I am very passionate and excited about new topics of research. I am currently working with Ph.D., Master’s, and undergraduate students on various projects in Geotechnical and Biomedical Engineering. I have benefited in the past from stimulating and caring supervision from academic supervisors. I will provide similar opportunities, guidance and support to my students. I encourage all of my students to actively participate in the dissemination of their results. I also encourage collaboration between my students and other Canadian and/or international research groups.