PSA 2017-18 Election

Dear fellow PSA members,

We are happy to officially announce the PSA election results for the academic year 2017-2018.
Special thanks goes to Khashayar Khosravi for holding the elections.

President(1 position) Votes
Amirhossein Delgoshaie 33
Soroosh Hemmati 15
Masoud Jasbi 15
Board Members(4 positions) Votes
Hamed Akhondzadeh 52
Amirhossein Delgoshaie 57
Soheil Esmaeilzadeh 48
Soroosh Hemmati 53
Ali Hemmatifar 49
Masoud Jasbi 48
Ombudsperson(1 position) Votes
Koosha Nassiri Nazif 61
Here is the list of candidates for this year's election along with their statements.
President
  •   Amir Hossein Delgoshaie
  •   Soroosh Hemmati
  •   Masoud Jasbi
  • Board Members
  •   Hamed Akhondzadeh
  •   Soheil Esmaeilzadeh
  •   Ali Hemmatifar
  • Ombudsperson
  •   Koosha Nassiri Nazif
  • Amir Hossein Delgoshaie

    Candidate for President

    PhD in Energy Resources Engineering
    Email: amirdel AT stanford DOT edu

    Salam doostan, My name is Amir Hossein and I would like to run for the president and board member of the Persian Student Association. To tell you a little about my background, I am a mechanical engineer and a Ph.D. candidate in energy resources engineering. Before coming to Stanford I finished my bachelor's and master’s studies in Mechanical engineering at Sharif and ETH Zurich. Through my time at Stanford, I have always enjoyed attending PSA events and that’s why I would like to contribute more time to PSA this year and pay my dues to our great association.
    In the past year, I was the president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) student chapter at Stanford. At SPE our focus was on holding social and career development events for our members. This was a great leadership experience for me to learn how to manage a budget while starting new initiatives and expanding our events. The most significant lesson I learned from this experience was that having a reliable team and good communications are the most important factors for a successful student organization. That is why I would like to run with Soheil and Hamed. We have communicated our expectations and our interests are broad enough to cover all areas of PSA operations. We are all interested in the core events of the PSA calendar (Yalda, Norouz, new Student orientation, the PSA parties, poetry nights, camping trip, ...) and at the same time, each of us would like to focus on slightly different functions.
    First things first, I think PSA is here to make us feel like home and come together more often to have fun. With the help of the other members of the future board, I would make sure we keep PSA fun. We would continue having our great parties, camping trips, social events and Norouz and Yalda celebrations. Among the things that the previous board focused on and I would love to continue are the company visits and career networking events. I think these events can help shape our future and are very valuable since they can expose us to new opportunities and help us build a strong network. I would work with the previous board to make sure we have an updated list of PSA contacts and expand it this year.
    Another direction that I would like to work on is the PSA brand and our image in the Stanford community. Being Iranian at Stanford, I think we are in a very special position to give a brighter, more realistic image of our culture to the rest of the Stanford community. Starting from having events with other student associations that we have good connections with, I would start organizing more mixer events where we could have delicious Persian food or chai o shirini and invite others to join and chat.
    Finally, part of my vision about PSA includes continuing the cultural path that the previous boards have started, and keep on organizing the poetry nights and movie watching sessions. I would also try to reach out to as many Iranian artists, scholars, entrepreneurs and public figures as I can and invite them to talk to us on campus (think Anousheh Ansari, Pierre Omidyar, Dr. Soroush ...). Being at Stanford is a privilege that would allow us to have a direct dialog with influential people of our time and I want to make sure as the Iranian community we enjoy this opportunity as much as we can.
    Eradatmand, Amir Hossein

    Soroosh Hemmati

    Candidate for President

    MS in Computer Science
    Email: shemmati AT stanford DOT edu

    Dear PSA Community,
    This is Soroosh Hemmati and I am running for the presidency of PSA. As a little background, I am currently a MS student in CS with a previous MS in EE from UCLA. I have been living in Canada for the past few years although I was born and raised in Iran.
    My mission as president of the PSA would be to continue the great work currently being done and to expand the opportunities we have through more exploratory and engaging activities both within and outside our community. Here is a breakdown of what I will bring to the PSA:
  • Outdoor activities: In addition to keeping the great events we already have (such as the annual ski trip and hikes), we will have plans for quarterly picnics, scuba diving, bungee jumping, fishing, surfing, etc. depending on the number of people interested. Due to our great location - being really close to Yosemite, Redwood forests, Sequia, and other state and national parks in California and Oregon - we will have camping trips throughout the year.
  • Arts: Due to the huge amount of talent and interest we have in music, film, and other art forms, we will have music nights, karaoke, open mic nights, movie nights, and other events based on interest as well as continuing our ongoing poetry nights. We will also support any individuals hoping to expand the flourishing of arts in our community.
  • Sports: In addition to holding evets to watch Iran’s international or local sports events (such as FIVB world league, FIFA world cup, etc.), we will also plan and coordinate community tournaments, such as soccer, ultimate Frisbee, ping pong, foosball, etc.
  • Company visits, E-dinners, Speaker series: We will continue our great ongoing program of having company visits, e-dinners, and having accomplished speakers - including those in arts, sciences and society - come and speak to our community. We will also have in our vision, a plan to explore the finance and other industries available for those interested.
  • Inter-cultural events: Under my leadership, the PSA will try its best to include students from other student groups into our events, such as having international movie nights, fusion music nights, language exchange events, and athletic events to promote the image of the Iranian student society as well as diversify our bonds.
  • Naturally, the aforementioned points will be in addition to maintaining the paramount events of the year such as the welcome dinner, Yalda night celebrations, Sepandarmazgan, new year celebrations, etc. We will also support and enable any member who wishes to contribute positively to our society through encouraging volunteer work, delegation or any other means necessary.
    Best wishes,
    Soroosh Hemmati

    Masoud Jasbi

    Candidate for President

    PhD in Linguistics
    Email: masoudj AT stanford DOT edu

    I am a fifth year PhD student in Linguistics. In the past four years or so I have seen the importance of PSA in creating a community of Iranian and Iranian-American students as well as those interested in the Iranian/Persian culture. This year, and more specifically with the arrival of the new US government, PSA also proved its crucial role in supporting Iranian and Iranian-American students who might face more difficulty with their education in the US.
    As a board member, I will focus on: 1. advancing and creating infrastructure and programs that support the Iranian and Iranian-American students during the next four years. 2. organizing events that targets the wider Stanford community to introduce the Iranian culture, traditions, and people.
    Thanks,
    Masoud

    Hamed Akhondzadeh

    Candidate for Board Member

    PhD in Mechanical Engieering
    Email: hamedakh AT stanford DOT edu

    Dear members of the Persian Student Association,
    My name is Hamed and I am a first year PhD student in mechanical engineering. I am running for PSA board member to simply carry on the torch and help the great association that current board members and the boards prior to them established, remain strong and continue having fun/ cultural/ professional activities. In order to achieve this firstly, I am running alongside my friends Amirhossein and Soheil to facilitate the communication and teamwork; secondly, other than working to continue hold the traditional events of the PSA, I plan to add few more social events; quarterly or monthly happy hours/ coffee hours either with the members of PSA alone or jointly with other student associations and a PSA talent show are among them.
    In order to increase the quality and frequency of the events, I hope to be able to promote voluntary spirit by seeking volunteers to help on specific tasks. Drafting volunteer interest forms to suggest interested members which tasks they can help with, and ask them to state their level of interest can be a good starting point. Tasks ranging from graphical works, music performance or organizing athletic activities to simpler tasks such as being bartender, picking up coffee at Starbucks, etc. I believe by dividing tasks into small, well-defined components members would be more willing to help and by using that potential, we can increase the number of events.
    Best,
    Hamed

    Soheil Esmaeilzadeh

    Candidate for Board Member

    PhD in Energy Resources Engineering
    Email: soes AT stanford DOT edu

    Dear Fellow Iranian students,
    My name is Soheil Esmaeilzadeh, I am a first year PhD in Energy Resources Engineering. Before coming to Stanford I studied Mechanical Engineering, and was up there at Berkeley for half a year, and before that spent two years at Zurich, Switzerland. Compared to other places that I have lived abroad our Stanford Persian community here has very active, friendly, and popular gatherings that give us as Iranians the great opportunity to feel like home away from home. I and two of my friends, AmirHossein, and Hamed decided to step in and make the best of our experience and time to contribute to the community and keep up the high quality of PSA events and activities. I believe that since each of us have different interests that will together fully cover the broad scope of activities that are of interest to YOU, the Iranian community, we will make a great board. In particular, I am planning to mostly focus on art, cultural, and recreational activities. For this, I will continue organizing current popular events e.g. poetry, movie, and game nights and have some specific plans as the following to add:
  • As we have brilliant Iranian students here at Stanford, I think it’s a good idea to make video clips from the Stanford Iranian students that graduate each year in an interview way, starting with and continuing that hopefully over years will serve as a great asset to show our future Iranian generations about our resourceful Alumni.
  • I would like to organize calligraphy and painting workshops or galleries for which we can use our skillful community to help as well.
  • I would like to organize some sports (e.g. volleyball, soccer, tennis) and computer game (Fifa ) tournaments so that those who are interested can attend and compete with their fellow Iranian students and have a great time and great memories together.
  • As some of our community members play or used to play musical instruments (especially traditional Persian instruments), I would like to reach out to the community and ask for those who are willing to join in order to build a PSA music group. I hope we can have music performance by our members on special occasions every quarter, and this remain as an addition to PSA for later years. This would allow us to enjoy the performances of our peers and can also showcase our culture and art to other communities.
  • Thank you,
    Soheil

    Ali Hemmatifar

    Candidate for Board Member

    PhD in Mechanical Engineering
    Email: ahemmati AT stanford DOT edu

    Dear fellow PSA members,
    My name is Ali Hemmatifar and I am a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering. I have been privileged to be a member of the PSA community during my three and half years here at Stanford. PSA has had so much to offer and I am very grateful for all its support and service. So, I believe contributing to the PSA event/activity organization as a board member is my way of giving back to our wonderful community.
    As a board member, I plan to promote passion activities, where we support the activities our community is interested in. Starting from myself, with your help, I would like to expand our outdoor program. This means more one- or multi-day camping or lodging trips as well as organized hikes.
    I have been fortunate to be able to assist our last two PSA boards in a number of events—in both planning/logistics and execution—including day hikes and camping trips among others. I am sure these experiences would help me and the other board members to better serve our community. I look forward to being a part of the future board and would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity.
    Best,
    Ali

    Koosha Nassiri Nazif

    Candidate for Ombudsperson

    PhD in Mechanical Engineering
    Email: koosha AT stanford DOT edu


    I promise to save the next PSA board a lot of time and money using the experience I gained over the past two years as the president and financial officer of the PSA, helping them organize more and better events in the upcoming year for our wonderful PSA community.