Dr. Mehdi Seyfi receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 09, 2014

Dr. Mehdi Seyfi came to Canada from Iran in 2009, and in only four years, his doctoral research into communications theory information theory and signal processing has already had a large impact on his field.

He has published and submitted over 20 articles in prestigious journals and conferences and to date, his papers have received about 100 citations — a major accomplishment for a doctoral student. He has also received several graduate awards and served as a reviewer for several IEEE publications.

SFU also helps support entrepreneurship: Since completing his degree, Dr. Seyfi has also founded a startup company called Spenta Technologies, which will measure, analyze, process and help users to intelligently control the energy consumption of their homes or offices.

Dr. Jie Liang, his co-supervisor and chair of the graduate program in Engineering, says, "Mehdi is the most dedicated student I have ever supervised. He has solid background in mathematics and communications, and strong motivation to do research. He started to generate novel ideas shortly after he joined us, and he never stopped after that, even after his graduation."

Dr. Mehdi says, "I would like to thank Prof. Sami Muhaidat, for his direction and support. I would like to thank him for giving me space and freedom to glide and explore the topics I felt more comfortable with."

He adds, "Prof. Liang is one of the best samples of a good supervisor. I learned from him that I have to be organized, precise and smart to be a good academic scholar. I would like to thank him for standing up for me and my future compassionately."

I also would  like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to Magnelab Inc. for giving me the opportunity to take part in their leading project. I really appreciated the time that I spent working with them on both a professional and personal level. Benefiting from the environment they provided to me, I certainly learned a lot about the unique aspects of wireless remote measurement and control.

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Mehdi Seyfi on his outstanding achievements which are being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

See also: All 2014 Convocation Award Winners

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