Welcome to my E-Portfolio and Blog. I am Ph.D student of Planning, Governance and Globalization at Virginia Tech.
I am from Iran, and I studied my B.Sc and M.Sc. in Urban Planning and Urban Design both at University of Tehran, Iran. My ultimate aim for studying was always receiving a Ph.D degree and becoming an expert in my field. Working in an academic environment as a researcher or professor is my career goal, because I believe it is through this job that I can have a larger and also more meaningful impact on peoples’ lives.
Living and studying in Tehran, the biggest and most crowded city of Iran, made me realize that one of the most important matters of these cities are environmental issues such as air pollution, urban heat islands and extreme heat exposure. I realized how much people of my country, especially in crowded cities, suffer from those issues.
Therefore, upon to this issue and through my background in environmental planning research during my master’s thesis research, I am still interested in doing research in environmental issues such as planning for adapting to climate change, investigating a resilient urban form to hazards and disasters and planning for sustainable urban growth. My research approach inclination is toward simulation and modeling. I prefer to mix quantitative approach with qualitative in order to gain more reliable results.
Outside of academia I enjoy swimming, hiking and traveling. I am an easygoing person, and I love my friend gatherings.