Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto
Spacecraft systems engineering
Novel mission concepts
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Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto (Sep 2015 -- Present)
University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
Space Mechatronics Group
Dissertation: A New Approach to Active Removal of Space Debris
Expected Graduation: June 2019
Masters of Applied Science, University of Toronto (Sep 2013 -- Aug 2015)
Spacecraft Systems Engineering
University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
Space Flight Laboratory (SFL)
Thesis: Innovative Mission Concepts and Ground Segment Software Based on the Existing SFL Spacecraft
Bachelor of Applied Science, York University (Jan 2008 -- Mar 2013)
York University (Toronto, Canada)
Thesis: Hall Thrsuter for Interplanetary Travels
Course Instructor, University of Toronto
AER 525 - Robotics (Fall 2018)
Division of Engineering Science
Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto
AER 201 - Engineering Design (2014--2018)
Division of Engineering Science}
Python, SQL, Fortran, MATLAB, SolidWorks, NX Nastran, Solid Edge, Systems Tool Kit (STK), Altium Designer, and Arduino.
English (proficient), Farsi (native), and German (intermediate).
Graduate Research Assistant
UTIAS-SFL (August 2013 -- August 2015)
Developed a multi-mission spacecraft telemetry management system for the satellites that are developed at the SFL.
Performed mission concept and feasibility studies for two different projects:
(a) ALTAIR project: Using spaceborne lasers to calibrate ground telescopes (PI at UBC), and
(b) Quantum Encryption Nanosatellite (NanoQEY) mission: Ground to space quantum key and entanglement distribution using a Nanosatellite (PI at UWaterloo).
Undergraduate Capstone Project
York University, Thrust Systems (September 2011 -- March 2012)
Designed and developed a miniaturized Hall thruster (a form of low thrust propulsion system) for sis-lunar deployment and lunar missions of CubeSats.
The team delivered a functional hall thruster prototype, including test-bed electronics, solenoids, engine chamber, and cathode, anode, and propellant gas feed system.
To see a video of the thruster operating in a vacuum chamber and for more info, please refer to the following website (external link):
Undergraduate Research Assistant
York University Nanosatellite Lab (September 2011 -- June 2012)
Designed and developed a three-axis Helmholtz magnetic cage for the Nanosat lab's air-bearing magnetic control testing.
Prepared bi-weekly progress reports for the project supervisor and external sponsors.
York University Rover Team (September 2009 -- June 2012)
(a) Lead a group of about 30 graduate and undergraduate students from different disciplines for three consecutive years.
(b)The team designed and developed Mars rover prototypes to compete in the International University Rover Challenge (URC) in 2010--12.
(c) Designed and built six-degrees-of-freedom robotic manipulators during each year of the competition (three manipulators in total).
(d) Designed and developed a novel surveying platform based on the utilization of off-the-shelf telescope and laser range finder. The prototype is similar to a total station that is used by surveyors, but at a fraction of the cost.
Member of Tenure and Promotion Committee
Undergraduate representative, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University, Toronto, Canada (2012--13)
Awards & Honours
Kenneth Molson Fellowship; Outstanding academic standing. University of Toronto, Dec 2018
Conference Grant, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, Jan 2018
Wallberg Research Fellowship; Outstanding academic achievement. University of Toronto, Dec 2017
Thoth Prize in Space Engineering; Highest GPA among the graduating class. York University, Dec 2012
McKittrick Scholarship; Top sophomore student in space science and engineering. York University, Dec 2009
Dean’s Honour Roll, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. York University, Sep 2008
National and International Competitions
Second place in YorkU/COM DEV capstone engineering project (March 2013). First place in the University Rover Challenge (URC) in 2010, and second place in 2011 and 2012. First place in the York University Engineering Competition (YEC) in 2009 and 2010.
A list of my academic publications can be found on ResearchGate: Link
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