Statement of Purpose
As a child, litterbugs and their negative influence on the appearance of my surroundings always annoyed me. The teaching method in my playschool motivated my interest on nature through a combination of self-directed activities and my own natural inner guidance. As my knowledge advanced over the years, I acquired a high level of critical thinking skills and creativity and often surprised my teachers by suggesting creative solutions to problems.
Around age fourteen, I got more serious in civil and environmental engineering since society’s ignorance toward environment in my country was always one of my concerns. Through watching programs on in Discovery channel and discussing them with my father, a Professor in Environmental Engineering in University of Tehran and graduate of Leads University, I got more involved with environmental studies. During the summers in high school, I visited some of the Wastewater Treatment Plants in Tehran and learned about their functions. After receiving my high school diploma in mathematics and physics, I entered Civil Engineering in University of Tehran's School of Engineering (Highest ranking Civil Engineering school in Iran) since there is no option to study Environmental Engineering for a bachelor’s degree in University of Tehran. To gain admission, I placed among top 1% out of more than 400,000 participants in Iran’s highly competitive University Entrance Exam (Konkoor).
Studying in the School of Civil Engineering and taking Environmental courses ignited my interest in Water treatments, Wastewater Management and Water resources. During 2009, I started my first research program with my father’s Help and supervision. In this research I worked on Ultrasonic wave irradiation (UWI) one of the new techniques in field of sludge treatment and as a result we published paper that was accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Environmental Pollution and remediation (ICEPR’11) in Ottawa, Canada .Since then I have been working on some other research projects. One of the research projects that I have been working on was to use anommax process for wastewater with high C:N ratios. We evaluated the major parameters such as pH, Temperature, NO2/NH4 ratio and the behavior of...