10 (hopefully interesting) facts about me:
- I was born in Kermanshah, a city in the west of Iran. A couple of years after I was born my family moved to Tehran, the capital city of Iran, where I went to school and started my social life ! I have been living in Lausanne, Switzerland since 2008.
- I love traveling. I have so far visited over 20 countries (around 150 cities) in the world.
- I am a music lover. I play the guitar and I am a proud owner of a Gibson ES-335 manufactured on May 5th, 1988 in the Gibson Nashville Factory. I jam once every two weeks with my former PhD supervisor who is a drummer!
- My favorite author is Joseph Campbell, the runners up in no particular order, are: Bertrand Russell, Morris Kline , John P. van Gigch and Ernest Hemingway
- In 2014 and 2016, I was awarded the Business School Lausanne, Distinguished Faculty Award, in recognition of outstanding course evaluation.
- I became financially independent from my family at the age of 18 when I started teaching English, and I was younger than almost all my students !
- Thanks to my father, a poet who has extensively studied Persian literature, I became passionate about poetry and in particular the works of Rumi known in Iran as Molavi or Molana. His magnum opus Masnavi is my most favorite book of poems of all time. Among foreign poets I like the works of Edgar Allan Poe , William Blake, Robert Frost and Kahlil Gibran.
- I was awarded as a Distinguished Researcher of the Year 2010 in Iran by Iran’s Ministry of Science and Technology and am a recipient of the Swiss National Science Foundation research fund.
- I have seen almost all my favorite musicians live, examples include: Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Waters, Mark Knopfler, Ronnie James Dio, Andrew Latimer, Tony Iommi, Steve Morse, Frank Bornemann, etc. Next to be added to the list is David Gilmour. I am sure by now you will have an educated guess about the genre of music I listen to 🙂
- When I was a bachelor’s student, half way through my studies and unenthusiastic about what I was studying, a miracle happened! I found a course called “Systems Thinking” in the curriculum of the bachelor’s program in Industrial Engineering – this was love at first sight for me ! Finally something that made sense ! Now, Systems Thinking and Modeling is what I study, research, work on and teach. That course changed my life !
My curriculum vitae can be downloaded here .