Dabiri Foundation - Advisory
Modjtahedi Fund Advisory Committee

Professor Kamran Abedini

Modjtahedi Fund Advisory Committee

Kamran Abedini is a Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the California State Polytechnic University Pomona (CSUPomona), President of Econoficient Engineering and Management Consulting, and a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), and The Art Center College of Design. His extensive experience in Industrial Engineering include engineering analysis of production facilities to improve work methods and also setting up training programs in various industries. He received his Ph.D. from USC in the Industrial and Systems Engineering after receiving three other degrees. He is the member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), previously holding the position of the Regional Vice President.  He was honored by IIE as the first recipient of the National Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. He has published numerous articles in the field of Human Factors and has established a Human Factors and Ergonomics laboratory at CSUPomona.

He has had advisory and official positions at organizations including the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage at which he had been elected President for three terms, and received the 2007 Distinguished Service Award. His most cherished award is a book presented to him by Dr.M.A. Modjtahedi, Principal of Alborz High School for being the spokesman for the class of 1973 at the annual graduation event, and a member of  the Extra-Curricular Activities Club for three years.

Professor Kaveh Farrokh

Modjtahedi Fund Advisory Committee

Kaveh Farrokh is an expert in the field of Iranian history and linguistics. He obtained his undergraduate arts degree and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, where he specialized on the cognitive and linguistic processes of Persian speakers. He is currently a learning and career specialist in Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kaveh at Langara College is also a Learning Psychologist and has a specialty in Learning Disabilities.

He has lectured at the University of British Columbia's Persian Legacy series and has provided seminars at Stanford University's World Association of International Studies (WAIS) conference. The History Channel has interviewed and filmed Dr. Farrokh on the topic of technology in ancient Persia for the series Engineering an Empire (2006).

He is a member of Stanford University’s WAIS, advisor of Iranian Studies for The Society of Hellenic-Iranian Studies, director of the Archaeological Department of the Pasargard Preservation Foundation, member of the Iranian-Canadian Congress, member of Iran Linguistics Society, member of Persian Gulf Preservation Society, and historical advisor to a film project titled

In Search of Cyrus the Great.

He is the author of "Elite 110: Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-642". He recent publication is Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War (2007) and he is  writing a new book entitled "Iran at War: 1500-Present".

Dr. Farrokh Mohamadi

Modjtahedi Fund Advisory Committee

Farrokh Mohamadi has more than 25 years of industry experience in the fields of advanced communication system and semiconductor product development. He has been involved at senior management and executive level with multiple startups and various fortune 500 companies such as Broadcom Corporation, Lucent Technologies, and National Semiconductor Corporation. Farrokh graduated from Alborz High School and received his B.S.E.E. from Arya-Mehr (renamed Sharif) University of Technology and M.S.E.E. and Ph.D.E.E. from Stanford University, and a M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. He has published dozens of technical articles, owns 17 granted and 30 pending U.S. patents. He co-founded the Society of Iranian Professionals in 1982.

Afshin Zand

Modjtahedi Fund Advisory Committee

Afshin Zand is CTO of Micro RFID Systems, a high technology wireless startup company in silicon valley. Prior to that he was Director of Systems Architecture at Centillium Communications. He possesses over twenty years of experience in technology development. Earlier in his career he was Chief Engineer of the F15 Eagle computer test system, under contract from IBM Federal Systems Division. He has researched material culture and social values that underline the development of material culture and technology historically, as foundations of socio-economic systems in the evolutionary development of various cultures. He holds the BSEE from MIT and carried out post-graduate work at Harvard University and MIT.