Publication date: 13-12-2013 15:54
Ph.D, November 18th, 2013
I recently finished my Ph.D. in Sustainable Energy Systems at MIT-Portugal program in University of Coimbra, as the first graduate of the program in Coimbra. My undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering was pursued at Chamran University in Iran, and I hold a master degree in Energy Systems Engineering from K.N. Toosi University of technology of Tehran.
During my master studies, I was collaborating with Research Institute of Petroleum of Iran (RIPI) to develop a Real-Time Optimization framework for gas sweetening plants. During my studies and collaboration, I grew up an interest in optimization and energy efficiency. It is why I used modelling and optimization techniques to develop a decision support approach for improving energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality in buildings during my Ph.D. studies.
MIT is one of the most well-known universities in the world. At the end of my master study, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. and had already learned about the MIT partnership with some universities, and MIT-Portugal program as one of the most promising one. I knew this program would bring me the opportunity to have access to some of the best class research faculties and laboratories in both Europe and USA, so it was the only place I applied.
I felt the need to acquire new knowledge, especially with a stronger optimization and building physics component. There were the characteristics that I felt the SES MIT-Portugal program at UC would guarantee.
I aspire to continue an academic career in research and teaching, but also would like to have the opportunity to merge areas such as building engineering and economics on an entrepreneurial context.