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Shahram Hatefi Hesari

Shahram Hatefi Hesari received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), in 2011. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His main research interests include Silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) design and biomedical sensors design. Hesari is currently pursuing a Ph.D. of Electrical Engineering.

His research topic is Biomedical Sensors such as Pulse Oximeter, Respiration Monitoring System, Glucose Sensor and PET Scan for Cancer Screening, and his major professor was Dr. Nicole McFarlane.

During his free time, Hesari likes spending time in nature, hiking, swimming, and riding roller coasters.

When asked why he is a mentor for our Young Scholars Program, Hesari answered:

I believe mentoring young scholars is an art, the art of sharing your insights, learning, and networking with a younger generation that helps to increase productivity and become a better leader. Mentoring is a unique opportunity to see yourself from the outside and to see how you and other things look through someone else’s eyes. It is also learning from younger and fresher minds by seeing one topic from different perspectives. Moreover, I think mentoring is a great opportunity to discover young talents and change lives.


Farnaz Foroughian

Since August 2015 Farnaz Foroughian has been pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering as a Graduate Research Assistant and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to her Ph.D., she received M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran, in 2012. Her main research focus is on phased array antenna and biomedical radars and applications.

Foroughian’s research topic is Biomedical Radars, Antenna Design, Microwave Circuits & MMIC Design.

Foroughian’s major professor was Dr. Aly E. Fathy.

In her free time, Foroughian likes to go mountain climbing, hiking, oil painting, and cooking.

When asked why she is a mentor for our Young Scholars Program, Foroughian answered:

Mentoring teenagers is such a joyful experience. They are creative, curious, inquisitive, and full of energy. Besides, I learn a lot from them while mentoring. It is also a great feeling to share my knowledge to my mentee and see that he/she comes up with new ideas and is getting interested in the area of science & engineering that I have been working in for years.