Amir Hesam Salavati

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I was born on June 8th,1984 in Tehran (capital city of Iran). I’ve had a wonderful childhood, full of sweet memories and here I am now: a 27 year old young man (?!) who wishes to go back and be a

child again, like many other people at my age. All right! All right! This is not what you are here for. So let’s skip fast forward to the time I entered university.

Having had a very exciting and pleasant time at high school, I entered Sharif University of Technology as an electrical engineering student. To everyone’s surprise, I ranked 1st among nearly 400,000 other students whom I was competing!

I finished my BSc in Sept. 2006 and started my graduate studies  n communication systems immediately afterward, again at Sharif. But this time, my rank was 43 time greater than the time I first began my studies at Sharif again. Although this seemed to be a failure for me, I never regret that because it was the price I happily paid to learn many things, spend my time as I planned for that and more importantly, to GROW U

P during my undergraduate period.

I received my MSc last September, again ranking first among my other classmates. But this time, I did it to show that being the first rank is not something that much valuable and difficult as many undergraduate students think. Because even some one like ME can achieve that! Honestly, in my opinion what’s more important is how much experience you gather, how much you grow and most important of all is the way you build your personalityand character.

I am pursuing my PhD at EPFL, hopefully to become a step closer to what I’d plan to be. And what is that? Let me put it this way: some while ago, on our way back from high school, some of my friends and I had a warm discussion about what we dream to become in future. That day, I told them what I had in my mind for a long time: to become an astronomer, an astronaut or the secretary-general of united nations! While the first two choices were an immediate result of my passion for astronomy and astronautics, the third option was a result of my strong desire to have such a great influence that I could make the world a better place to live.

To become an astronaut is not a dream these days as if you have a few million dollars, you can fly to heavens above. Being an astronomer is what I chose not to become when I decided to study electrical engineering in the university. But to be honest, becoming the secretary-general of UN is what I still dream about and is what I am trying to become. May be it remains a dream forever and never comes to reality. But even if that were the case, I wouldn’t be regretful if I’d done my best to fulfill this dream. And this is what I am trying to do: to do my best to fulfill my dreams even if everyone laughs at them.

In the end, I have to mention that although I am an idealist in planning for future, I am a pragmatist in action. In other words, I plan according to my dreams but act according to the reality, hopping not to have the fate of the bishop on whose tombstone is written:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it, too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now, as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world”.