The Story Behind IV

You should enjoy the little detours; To the fullest. Because that’s where you’ll find the things more important that what you want.

Education & Experience

The undergraduate curriculum in Civil Engineering at Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman introduced me to a wide gamut of subjects, both in and outside the field. During the last year of my undergraduate, I became certain that I like to study Geotechnical engineering and carry on as a researcher.

As a modern Engineer, I attempted to get familiar with Numerical Methods, data science and Computer Coding. Focusing on these fields amused me in a way that actually forced me into studying their theoretical background. This thirst for knowledge had a pretty high price in which I had to study some complicated books and papers which I hadn’t met before. After finishing my Bachelor study, I strongly decided to study advanced fields in Geotechnical Engineering such as Seismic Hazards.

After my graduation I took the university entrance exam for graduate level and I was accepted in Civil, Water and Environmental Engineering Faculty of Shahid Beheshti University. During my M. Sc. Study I passed some courses with top grades. I also acted as a teacher assistant in some courses such as Foundation Design, Soil Dynamics and Finite Element Method. My MSc thesis was about modeling of liquefaction-induced lateral spreading aiming at merging fully explicit dynamic finite element simulation with fully coupled (HM) formulation to analyze soil displacements and pore water pressures. Also, I was deeply interested to develop my knowledge in the field of computational geomechanics, uncertainty quantification, new material and structures chiefly Cemented Material Dams.

Having graduated in Geotechnical Engineering, I believed that before beginning to pursue a PhD degree I should be much more aware of the real application of my previous studies. So, I entered the job market and I had the opportunity to collaborate with Iranian national committee on large dams (IRCOLD), Construction and development of transportation infrastructures company (CDTIC), and several soil mechanics laboratories and consulting companies. I’ve been involved in the supervision of many national projects under different stages of design and construction as well as private projects as an engineer. These jobs broaden my skills in analytical and critical problem solving, while help me to prioritize my concentration while handling projects within tight deadline.

I passed 2-year compulsory military services as a geotechnical engineer at soil mechanics laboratory of Iranian Military (Engineering organization). This opportunity available only for talented engineering students has taught me priceless experience in the experimental/field works and made me a valuable team member responsible individual for interpretation of the acquired data and report development.

Despite enjoying creating value in the real world through the application of knowledge, I was still interested in academic works and I have collaborated in several research projects, held workshops, and participated in conferences.

Since May 2020, I have joined Groundwater and Hydrogeochemistry research group at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research of the Spanish National Research Council (IDAEA-CSIC) as a PhD student to investigate the mechanisms that induce seismicity due to fluid injection related to subsurface energy applications within the GEoREST project and the doctoral program of Civil Engineering in Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).

Interests & Hobbies

Aikido

The peaceful martial art aikido can be described as philosophy in motion. I started to practice it in summer of 2016; In spite of I start practicing aikido just recently I think his hobby will last for a long time and remain fascinating. Normally I am impatient, to say the least. Anything that I have to repeat over and over will very quickly lose its attraction. Not so with aikido, the gentle martial art from Japan. I keep on doing those exercises, keep on struggling to refine the aikido techniques – and my fascination increases. This is an anomaly, a koan if you will, that can only be comprehended if aikido is seen neither as a sport nor a system of self-defense, but as an art. Of course aikido is an art. Endlessly intriguing, infinitely variable, never perfected – what else could it be?

Speculations

Suddenly a subject intrigues me, and I need to write about it. That’s my reflex as a writer, as well as my way of contemplating a topic. My notes in Persian (my native and theosophical language) appear in the Blog page.

Reviews

Contemplation about books, films, TV shows, musical performances, gadgets, perfumes and more – what they mean and how they work. The arts inspire – also to comment and reflect on them. In the reviews here, I focus on what is being said by the artists and how they say it. Their messages and methods. That’s the essence of any art.

Myth & Self-Analysis

At the very beginning, when the world came to be – what was, what happened? About this, people of the past have wondered, marveled, just as much as we do today. And just like we have done with the theory of the big bang, they came up with their own versions.

Today, we call these versions myths, by which a number of things are stated – maybe rightly, maybe not. Perhaps one day the big bang theory will also be classified as a myth? Whatever the case, these so called myths reveal the cosmological speculations of our distant ancestors. I am intrigued by the thinking behind those myths, especially the myths regarding the beginning of all – the creation, the primary events of the world. There are patterns to be revealed, both in the processes of thought leading to their invention, and in the plots and stories making out those myths. Intriguing patterns, telling us a lot about how the human mind works – through time, across any cultural borders.

I am interested in the enduring questions asked by Western philosophers throughout time: Who am I? What happens after I die? Why does evil exist? Is there a God? How did the universe come to be? The illustrated volumes trace Western philosophy’s evolution from ancient and Hellenistic thought through the medieval and modern periods to contemporary thinkers.