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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


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



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



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.



  • 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

>>>I was selected for a media Coverage related to this work<<<

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



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


Fall 2016


ARCH 010-Structural/Architectural Engineering

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


Fall 2012 & Spring 2013


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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