|Home Address||2001 Holleman Dr W apt 223|
College Station, Texas 77840
|Street Address||2001 Holleman Dr W apt 223|
|ZIP / Postal Code||77840|
|State / Province||Texas|
|Are your home address and mailing address the same?||Yes|
|Current college/university||Texas A&M University|
|Degree(s) obtained (please list Degree, Institution, Year, Major(s))||Master of Science, University of Tehran, 2011, Civil Engineering. Bachelor of Science, Tehran Polytechnic (AmirKabir University of Technology), 2008, Civil Engineering|
|Degree currently seeking (include Major(s))||PhD Candidate- Civil Engineering- (Doctoral Student)|
|Adviser Name||Dr. Robert Lytton (and Dr. David Newcomb)|
|Current academic status||Graduate|
|Last||Lytton (and Dr. David Newcomb)|
|Adviser Address||3136 TAMU|
College Station, Texas 77843
|Street Address||3136 TAMU|
|ZIP / Postal Code||77843|
|State / Province||Texas|
|Please write a short essay on activities and/or interest in asphalt technology|
Dear AMAP Scholarship Committee,
I have been fortunate to be part of the Ph.D. program in the Materials Division of the Civil Engineering Department at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Materials and Pavements Division of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). I have collaborated on several projects at TAMU and TTI on pavement materials and structures, and asphalt materials. I have also passed several graduate-level courses in these areas. I had selected this field as my research interest and professional career path because I was aware of the positive and significant impacts this industry has on the economy and vitality of the communities. The transportation industry, specifically pavement engineering, serves society by providing resilient and sustainable transportation infrastructure such as highways, airfields, and bridges. They can help communities recover faster after catastrophes, such as hurricanes and flooding, and facilitate emergency activities. Furthermore, transportation infrastructures serve as vital veins of every society, both economically and socially.
|Free Response Questions|
|Provide details of any work experience relative to the highway industry|
I was honored to work as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) while pursuing my Ph.D. degree at Texas A&M University (TAMU). I had the privilege to work with the TTI skillful researchers on several projects aimed at solving problems faced in pavement engineering. I was selected to collaborate on a TTI project sponsored by the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) as my first experience with TTI. This project was about the development of guidelines for preservation of airfield pavements.
|List your academic awards and honors|
HONORS AND AWARDS:
• Keese-Wootan Transportation Fellowship, TTI Award (May 2019)
• National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site Program Award (May 2019)
• Academic Excellence Award (May 2018 and May 2019)
• Competitive Non-resident Tuition Waiver Scholarship (May 2018 and May 2019)
• International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS) (Apr. 2017, and Mar. 2018)
• Ranked 2nd among students of the division during M.Sc. studies (Sep. 2011)
|Discuss your hobbies and interests|
I try to spend some time every week for my own personal interests, although it may be sometimes challenging for Ph.D. candidates to find a lot of time for their hobbies. The hobbies which I am very interested in and usually try to fit it in the weekly program are sports, exercise, and watching TV series. My favorite sports are Soccer, Volleyball, Swimming, and Badminton. I am also interested in gathering with friends and watching movies in the movie theater. Moreover, I attend concerts if I find my favorite singers or genres and affordable ones.
|List your school activities|
I have been involved in the commercialization of innovative ideas at Texas A&M University (TAMU). As a teamwork activity in a group of two students, an innovative idea about a sustainable eco-friendly construction material was submitted and accepted in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Crops (I-Crops- TAMU) Site Program (TAMU). Application and commercialization opportunities for the proposed idea was investigated. Generally, the challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities for innovative ideas and research topics were studied.
Furthermore, I have enhanced my communication and leadership skills by accepting voluntary roles and officer positions in student organizations. I was elected and served as the vice-president and officer of the Civil Materials Student Organization (CMSO) in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at TAMU. Moreover, I was elected as the treasurer of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) TAMU Chapter. Our mission in these organizations was to organize events such as technical sessions and lectures, field trips, and social events. They could also help create and maintain connections between our department and industry, as well as other universities and research institutes. In the technical sessions, professors, researchers, and professionals from both academia and industry were invited to give presentations at TAMU. Field trips to construction sites, materials production facilities, etc. were also organized. In addition, I have been involved in other organizations as a volunteer to help new students in the first month of arrival.