About us

The Dabiri Foundation was incorporated in1997 as 501(c)(3) organization. It is a non-profit corporation that is primarily involved in advancement of education. The involvement could be indirect as helping educational institutions or direct as an active effort to support projects defined by the board.

Founder & President

Ali Dabiri is the President of Dabiri Foundation. The foundation is active in the United States and Central America in education and agricultural areas.

Dr. Dabiri was the Chief Scientist at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a research and consulting company with 42,000 employees. He was with the company for 25 years till 2004. He was Professor at Sharif University of Technology in Iran from 1971 to 1979. He has over 80 publications in the areas of fusion technology, accelerator technology, energy systems, and surface physics. He has 12 patents in the areas of biomedical and energy systems. He recieved his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1970.

Vice president

Dana Dabiri is a professor in the department of Aeronautical engineering at University of Washington. He has  pioneered many novel measurement methods throughout his 25 year academic career that have allowed for global experimental measurement methods using imaging techniques, and has used them towards pursuing scientific questions of interest. He has developed the 2D Digital particle Image Thermometry and Velocimetry Method, advance 2D PIV methods, developed a free surface gradient detector method, and most recently was part of the team that developed the 3DDPIV method at Caltech. He has conducted numerous research programs in a number of fluid flows, including cavities, shear layers, bluff-body flows, and water waves. He recieved his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California in San Diego in 1992.


Bijan Modjtahedi has been in practice as a general, cosmetic and implant dentist since 1987 and has had his private practice in Orange County, California since 1992.  He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Marquette University School of Dentistry.  Dr. Modjtahedi is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Orange County Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Oral Implantology and the American Society of Osseointegration. He has further served as the Chairman for the Peer Review Committee of the Orange County Dental Society since 2007. Dr. Modjtahedi is also a Fellow of the American Academy of General Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.  He was named “Top Dentist” by Coast Magazine, based upon a survey of his peers, in 2007 and 2008.  Dr. Modjtahedi has taught at the University of California Los Angeles, School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics, and the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics. His research experience includes work on invasiveness of micro-organisms and their role in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease.  Dr. Bijan Modjtahedi is the grandson of the late Dr. Mohammad Ali Modjtahedi.


Ali Behnezhad is a professor in the Department of Systems and Operations Management at California State University, Northridge.  He joined the university in 1985 and in addition to teaching and conducting scholarly research he has developed several curriculum and programs for the university.  He has also been a university senator.  Dr. Behnezhad is past president of the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage and has served on the Board of Directors of the association since 1986.  He is also past president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Southern California Chapter.  He has been active in several other professional organizations such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and Decision Sciences Institute.  Dr. Behnezhad received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985.

Advisory board

Dr. Kaveh Farrokh is the author of three history books and has been recognized as an expert in the ancient history of Persia. His books have been translated into Russian and Persian. Dr. Farrokh teaches ancient Persian history at the University of British Columbia’s Continuing Studies Division. Dr. Farrokh is also affiliated with a number of world-renowned organizations, including Stanford University’s WAIS (World Association of International Studies) Society, the Hellenic-Iranian Studies Society, the UNESCO-affiliated Pasargard preservation Society, and the UN-affiliated and Nobel-prize nominated WAALM Institute in London where he is the Chair of the Cultural Diplomacy’s Department of Traditions & Cultural History (affiliated with the Academic Council of the United Nations System-ACUNS- and the International Peace Bureau). He publishes articles in peer-reviewed journals and publications such as Classic Arms and Militaria, Persian Heritage and the International Book of Dyslexia: A Cross Language Comparison and Practice Guide.

Dr. Farrokh has been noted for a number of citations including the Best History Book Award in London (2008), recognition by the Independent Book Publisher’s Association in the United States (2008), the Kayhan newspaper in London (the Iranian equivalent of the New York Times), the Scholarship and Merit Award (2009), the peer-reviewed Iranshenasi academic journal (2010) and the Wall Street Journal (2011). Dr. Farrokh has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the BBC, the History Channel, the Voice of America Network and the Leonard Lopate Show in New York City.


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