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Expertise

Land Use, Zoning, Spatial Innovation/Entrepreneurial Systems, Knowledge Economy, Economic Developments, Physical/Urban Design, Built Environment, Transit, Walkability, Mobility Plan, Data/Spatial Analysis, Quantitative Methods

Education

2019    Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy

University of Texas at Arlington                                                       

Supervisor: Dr. Shima Hamidi

Dissertation: “Explorations from the U.S. specialized high-tech zones”​

  • Related coursework:

    • Advanced Data Analysis

    • Quantitative Methods & Procedures

    • Econometrics II (Applied Business/Economic Data Analysis)

    • Urban Economy

    • Physical Planning & Urban Design

 

2014    Master of Science in Architecture-Geofutures, Post-professional Program in Urbanism

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Supervisor: Chris Perry

Thesis: “Design and Development: Los Angeles River Linear Agri-scape throughout the County”                                                             

 

2011    Bachelor of Science in Architecture

I.A.U

CERTIFICATES

KlexploRx Statistics with R (karolinska institutet, Sweden)

Data Science: R Basics (HarvardX)

Business Analyst Online (ESRI),

Health Impact Assessment (Tarrant County, TX)

Related Professional Work History

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Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD)

UT Arlington, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs

Graduate Research Associate (2017-Present)

 

Research and Data Science:

  • Built data sources (i.e. innovations/innovative small firms, WalkScore/Transit Score using Walkscore API R package)

  • Developed GIS models via ESRI Business Analyst and GTFS for network analysis and location quotient estimations.

  • Designed & developed project SOWs and quantitative analysis project.

  • Completed six quantitative data-driven research, and working on three others.

 

Management:

  • Assist in managing the founding tasks for establishment of a center in coordination with other University departments (e.g. OIT, office of grants and contract services, office of communication, etc.), USDOT, and the external partners.

  • Developed research, educational and dissemination initial programs including funding programs, K9-12 educational activities, graduate student mentorship programs, and CTEDD Student Council.

  • Developed long- and short-term action plans and performance metrics for the programs.

  • Oversaw center’s website development and led center’s online visibility and viability.

  • Organized panel sessions, research symposium, and transportation podcast.

 

Institute of Urban Studies (IUS)

UT Arlington, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs

Graduate Research Assistant (2014-2017)

Led several community planning/research projects. Met with clients, developed MOUs and SOWs, led cross-functional teams, conducted data-driven market analysis and site assessments using GIS tapestry, business and network analysis. Developed land use/design plans, economic developments, zoning and policy/strategy recommendations. Conducted focus groups, community engagement meetings, multiple public/city council presentations. Wrote report sections and provided graphics and visualizations. Directed online marketing strategies.

Some of the projects are as follows:

  • National analysis of urban amenities driving the local and regional innovative capacities

  • Strategic plan for development (Vickery Meadow, Dallas, TX)

  • Dallas Executive Airport land use study and development plan (Dallas, TX)

  • Reintegration plan for Fair Park (Dallas, TX)

  • Mineral Wells downtown redevelopment plan (Mineral Wells, TX)

  • Grand Prairie bike plan (Grand Prairie, TX

College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs

UT Arlington

Teaching Assistant (Fall 2018)

PLAN 5317/6317 & PAPP 5342-Intermediate Data Analysis:

Required method course for doctoral students

 

Lab. Instructor (Fall 2016)

Lab. Instructor for Visual/Graphic Communications in Planning || PLAN 5380-Research Questions inPlanning--(Adobe Suite Applications)

Required course for MCRP students for graduation

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The First National Conference on Urban Beautification Elements

Department of Planning and Human Resources, Shiraz Municipality, Shiraz, Iran

Member of Executive Committee (2012-2013)

  • Developed and managed the conference program

  • Oversaw online activities, website development, and content management

  • Communication and liaison

  • Formed the peer review committee and managed the research evaluation and selection for presentation


Ragheb Esfahani University

Lecturer (2012-2013)

  • ARCH 010-Structural/Architectural Engineering

  • ARCH 015-Arch. Design & Technical Coding (Studio)

 

The Gulf Grand Recreational Complex, Shiraz, Iran

Designer & Construction Project Coordinator (2009)

  • Designed the retail façade, roof tent structures, mall interior spaces, parking structure, landscaping and circulation

  • Oversaw the construction according to design documents

  • Developed Auto CAD detailed plans for construction, 3D models and promotional graphic documents

 

COURSES TAUGHT

PLAN 5317/6317 & PAPP 5342-Intermediate Data Analysis: Teaching Assistant

(Required Method Course for Doctoral Students)

Fall 2018

PLAN 5380-Research Questions in Planning: Lab Instructor for Visual/Graphic Communications in Planning using ESRI and Adobe Suite Applications

(Graduate)

Fall 2016

 

ARCH 010-Structural/Architectural Engineering

ARCH 015-Arch. Design & Technical Coding (Studio)

(Undergraduate)

Fall 2012 & Spring 2013

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Leadership & Community Services

 

Regional Center for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development for North Texas,

Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact at UT-Arlington

Coordinating Board Member (2018-Present) 

CTEDD Student Council

Founding President (2017-Present)

  • Founded the organisation, developed bylaws, advisory board and executive board

  • Organised more than 10 multi-college events including a 1-day research symposium and pioneer researcher award banquette

  • Developed and launched mentorship program

  • Conducted the Equitable Transportation System workshop session for the high school students of Dallas' CityLab High School

  • Organised multi campus events including UT-Arlington, University of South Florida and Georgia Institute of Technology 

  • Nominated for the best student organisation of the year and organisation's adviser for the best adviser of they year at UT-Arlington

  • Partnered with Transportation Radio, recorded and distributed podcast programs. 

UTA CAPPA PhD Consortium

Founding President (2016-2017)

UTA Student Planning Association

President (2016)

Student Representative (2014)

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