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.