Selected Awards and Honors

  • DARPA Director's Fellowship, 2017.

  • Office of Naval Research's Director of Research Early Career Grant, 2016.

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, 2016.

  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2015.

  • Prize Paper Award for the paper “Zero Duality Gap in Optimal Power Flow Problem” given by the IEEE PES Power System Analysis Computing and Economics Committee, 2015.

  • One of the 2 nominees of Columbia University for Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering 2015

  • Best Student Paper Award Finalist (as an advisor) for the 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2014 (link).

  • Invited to participate in National Academy of Engineering's 2014 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

  • Resonate Award, 2014 (Video: Fortune of CNN; Press Release: Reuters and Thomson Reuters).

  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2014 (see here for more details).

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2014.

  • Google Faculty Research Award, 2013.

  • Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize (best university-wide Ph.D. thesis at Caltech), 2011.

  • New Face of Engineering, named by the National Engineers Week Foundation in the United States, 2011 (see link 1, link 2, or link 3 for more details).

  • Senior Member of IEEE since July 2010.

  • Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master's Thesis Award (best master's thesis in the category of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering in more than 120 universities including Cornell, Harvard, Yale, McGill, and University of Toronto written in 2007-2009), 2010 (see link 1 or link 2 for more details).

  • Governor General of Canada‚Äôs Gold Medal (best campus-wide master's/Ph.D. thesis at Concordia University), 2008.

  • F. A. Gerard Prize (best master's thesis in the school of engineering at Concordia University), 2008.

  • Postgraduate Scholarship of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2008-2010.

  • Silver Medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad, Romania, 1999.

  • Gold Medal in the National Mathematical Olympiad, Iran, 1998.

  • Best paper in session in CDC 2006, ACC 2007, ACC 2008, and ACC 2010 (twice).

  • Elected full member of Sigma Xi Scientific Society, 2007.