Candidates for the academic year 2005-2006

Dear PSA members,
Here is the results for the PSA election of 2005-2006. Congratulations to the new board!


President (1 position) Votes
Cyrous Jame 25
Maryam Khoshlahjeh 23
Keyan Salari 12
Board Member (4 positions) Votes
Cyrous Jame 51
Keyan Salari 49
Mahnoush Nik-Ahd 48
Maryam Khoshlahjeh 45
Shervin Shekarchian 44
Yaser Khalighi 35
Ombudsperson (1 position) Votes
Sina Sohangir --

Please submit your votes to Sam Kavusi.
Please select one candidate for president, four candidates for board members, and one candidate for ombudsperson.

Board Member/President
Graduate, Management Science and Engineering

My name is Cyrous Jame I am a first year graduate Student at the Management Science and Engineering department. I joined Stanford in Fall 2004 after being in the industry for about 2 years having graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. While at UC Berkeley, I had the privilege to work closely with ISCO, Iranian Student Cultural Organization and for two of my undergraduate years I was an ISCO officer. Those two years have provided me with an invaluable experience in planning and execution of events for a sizable Iranian student group. I was also the Editor-in-Chief of Perspective, the Iranian publication at UC Berkeley campus for two years.

I am running for the post of presidency because I feel that I have the necessary leadership experience and the passion to make PSA even a more successful student group. I intend to accomplish the following three well-defined goals as the president of PSA:

Board Member
Graduate, Mechanical Engineering

I would like to take this opportunity to nominee myself as a board member of PSA. I joined Stanford University in fall 2003 after I completed my undergrad work in Iran at Sharif University of Technology. Now I am working toward my PhD in Mechanical Engineering department.

One of my major objectives that I will focus on is to narrower the gap between several Persian groups such as undergrads and grads. In my opinion this goal can be achieved by holding events that attracts broader spectra of interest and encourage participants to interact effectively. My other plan is to have joint events with other international and American associations in order to present our rich culture and make new friends.

Board Member/President
Graduate, Aeronautics and Astronautics

Dear PSA members,

My name is Maryam Khoshlahjeh. I am a first-year graduate student at Aeronautics and Astronomics department. I received my B.S. from San Jose State University and have been working in the industry for the past two years.

As a new immigrant to U.S., I have been through many issues similar to the ones that the majority of PSA members are facing. With my first-hand experience, I can significantly contribute to helping students adapt to their new lifestyle.

  1. PSA has a strong voice not only in the Bay area, but also in the entire US. I think we should take advantage of this fact and try to ease traveling for Iranian students abroad. Past PSA boards started this effort and we should continue their work.
  2. PSA is a family to many people who are now living here by themselves. We should provide each other with emotional support and help with challenges in our lives. This is specially critical for those who have recently joined our community.
  3. PSA should provide an excellent networking opportunity for all the members who will get out of school in a few years. This includes social networking through joint programs with other schools as well as business networking with successful professionals in the area.
  4. PSA should provide a diverse range of activities and welcome creative ideas for memorable events.

I hope that you give me your trust and am looking forward to working with our outstanding candidates for leading an even better PSA.

Board Member
Undergraduate, Human Biology

Salaam, my name is Mahnoosh Nik-Ahd. I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in Human Biology. I was born in Iran and moved to the US when I was less than 2 years old, but I have been to Iran almost every summer to visit family. And although I have grown up here in the Bay Area, I always think of myself as a dokhtar Irooni before anything else.

My main purpose for PSA is this: to unite the undergraduate and graduate communities together and bridge whatever gaps that exist in order to make PSA much stronger and more enjoyable for everyone. I feel that there is a lot that we can all learn from each other and if chosen as your board member, I would do my best to serve as a link between these two currently segregated groups. I think it's unfortunate that we are all intelligent Iranians who could enjoy the company of one another, but there is a lack of friendship between a majority of the undergrads and graduate students simply because many of them don't know each another. I would like to change this. When other undergrads see that they are also represented in PSA by a fellow undergrad, I think that they will be more inclined to participate. Not only would I highly encourage more undergrads to come to Thursday lunches, but I would also help organize more dinners, picnics, and other outdoor activities that both groups would enjoy. I am sure that once more undergrads come to a few events and grow to recognize some other Persian faces, they will become much more regular participants in our community, just as I have. PSA is great today, but together, we could transform it into something much bigger and better.

Board Member/President
Graduate, Medicine and Genetics

My name is Keyan Salari and I am a MD/PhD student at the School of Medicine. As a long-time resident of the Bay Area (15+ yrs), I have witnessed how the Persian community here comes together to celebrate its wonderful culture, or just to simply enjoy each other's company. Serving as a highly active member and leader in UC Berkeley's Iranian Student Cultural Organization (ISCO) as an undergraduate, I carry with me a unique perspective on how another highly successful Persian student organization is run. As president of Stanford's PSA, I hope to extend some of the positive experiences I had with ISCO to the Stanford community. Specifically, being a second-generation Iranian and a recent undergraduate student myself, I recognize the importance of including students with varying backgrounds in our organization. I hope to spur more interest and participation in the undergraduate community here as well as organize a Norooz/Persian Cultural show. I look forward to serving you and the PSA community.

Board Member
Graduate, Electrical Engineering

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my candidacy for a member of the PSA board. I'm a first year graduate student in the department of Electrical Engineering. I've done my undergraduate studies at University of California, Berkeley (or as Tom Lee likes to say "the other university!")

My ultimate goal is to involve more Iranians in our events. Narrowing the gap between the graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford is critical. Organizing cultural programs that introduce our cultures to others such as an annual Norouz show would also be a big step towards getting our name heard. Unfortunately, there hasn't been much collaboration with other university's Persian student organizations in the past and this needs to be changed. For instance, we can join these groups in throwing a bigger party in San Francisco. I'll also be pushing for an annual alumni dinner to bring together Stanford's older Persian communities with the newer ones in hopes of making new connections and building stronger alliances.

I'm very open to any new ideas, feedbacks or concerns from the PSA members. I'll also be doing my best to learn from successes, failures and experiences of the previous PSA presidents and members of the board for higher participation of not only Iranians here at Stanford but Iranians in Northern California and Bay Area.

Graduate, Electrical Engineering
Email: sohangir at

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