Cyrus Ashayeri: Petroleum Engineering Graduating Student Q&A – USC Viterbi | School of Engineering

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Cyrus Ashayeri
Los Angeles, California
Ph.D. ,Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science 

What first impressed you to check engineering?

My preliminary motivation to check engineering was primarily based on the understanding that it offers a multidisciplinary basis that enables skilled profession within the industries that I passionately adopted as a younger scholar. I’ve all the time been within the vitality trade as it’s the core to many points of the trendy civilization. I completed my undergraduate diploma in chemical engineering. The skillsets of a chemical engineer is without doubt one of the most various collections of engineering toolkits and permits pursuing knowledgeable profession or a graduate diploma in lots of different engineering domains.

What was a spotlight of your time at USC Viterbi?

I’ve been a graduate scholar at USC since 2011 with a break 12 months after my Master’s diploma. During these years I’ve benefited from a number of treasured alternatives, nevertheless my “Aha!” second was exploring alternatives outdoors the curriculum programs. Early on, I used to be purely targeted on track work akin to assignments and time period mission, which offered me its justifiable share of training, however after the second semester at SC I began reaching out to school for skilled recommendation, attending seminars and lectures, and interesting with completely different analysis teams. The lesson I realized by way of all these interactions after a number of years is that investing time in constructing a significant relationship with as many students and professionals throughout the USC community as potential has a useful price of return. I used to be in a position to set up a mentor/mentee relationship with a number of professors and alumni within the Engineering School. It is superb how open all these individuals are to helping new college students. Faculty and employees from completely different departments made themselves accessible to me upon request and so they have been all the time beneficiant with their time and a spotlight and every dialog opened a brand new door for me to enhance my academic expertise at SC. To identify just a few of those alternatives, I used to be in a position to obtain a paid summer time internship in probably the most prestigious analysis institutes in Washington DC, take part in a nationwide entrepreneurship completion, co-author analysis papers with a number of the greatest students in my space of research, and grow to be president of a cultural scholar group.

Are there any extracurricular actions or organizations you may have been a part of throughout your research?

One of probably the most helpful experiences at SC was collaborating the Maseeh Entrepreneurship competitors. Through this competitors, Viterbi School offers a platform for college kids to work alongside mentors from the trade to develop their concepts into enterprise plans and doubtlessly a business success. My expertise as one of many individuals on this competitors modified my perspective in direction of my training and my profession objectives. I extremely encourage all engineering graduate college students to find out about alternatives akin to Maseeh competitors and benefit from their time at USC to learn from a number of the extracurricular alternatives. Another excellent expertise at SC for me was becoming a member of a cultural scholar group. USC systematically helps campus actions, and lots of workplaces have assets accessible for planning extracurricular occasions and actions. This is a singular alternative that enables college students broaden their community and set up reference to those that share widespread curiosity outdoors their tutorial focus.

Tell us a few mission you may have been engaged on that made an influence on you.

I’ve targeted on a number of analysis subjects throughout my graduate research at USC. The most important theme of most my analysis is the vitality trade and I’ve tried to analyze numerous elements of this intensive trade. The core of my analysis has been on the technical points of vitality manufacturing from pure assets. I particularly targeted on the appliance of information science and superior machine studying methods in modeling vitality assets. However, the environmental and security sides of the vitality trade is a vital a part of a sustainable future. Therefore, I’ve frequently researched the potential impacts of vitality improvement tasks and was in a position to collaborate with a analysis workforce within the Civil and Environmental Engineering division on publications on this space. Fortunately, the sturdy relationship amongst our division, and the Engineering School, and most of the main industrial gamers and authorities companies facilitates interdisciplinary work and entry to specialists and assets.

What are your plans after commencement?

After finishing my Ph.D., I wish to proceed work and analysis in my present space of curiosity within the purposes of information science within the vitality trade. California is residence to many know-how startups that develop innovative options to a number of the most difficult issues going through the vitality trade. I see my near-term profession objectives proceed in technology-driven firms that target mitigating the unfavorable local weather impacts of the vitality trade.

What is one thing you’ll miss most about USC?

The vibrant networking nature of being a graduate scholar at USC is certainly probably the greatest issues that I skilled throughout my years right here and I’ll do my greatest to keep up some stage of engagement by way of the alumni community after my commencement.

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