What do you teach and how long have you been at UWMC?
Economics and some business courses - 29 years.
Where did you grow up and tell us about your educational background.
I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. I earned my bachelor’s degree in insurance and risk management from Tehran College of Insurance, affiliated with the University of Tehran. I came to the United States in 1977 and completed my master’s degree in economics at Western Illinois University. I got my Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Why did you choose a career in education?
So I could spend my career in an environment where I can be a lifelong learner and help others learn.
What do you like best about UWMC?
I like the small campus environment where you can easily work with students one on one and get to know them better. I have a number of students who have kept in contact over the years as they completed their bachelor’s degree and beyond.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
When I was in the first grade, I did very well in math and the teacher recognized me in front of the class by giving me a set of colored pencils.
What is something you learned from your parents that you carry with you today?
To always be nice, polite, helpful and respectful of others.
Outside of work, what do you do to relax?
I enjoy playing basketball, ping pong and bike riding. I also enjoy reading and doing Sudoku puzzles and occasionally watching good movies.
Do you have a favorite book or movie?
“Crime and Punishment” and a “Beautiful Mind”.
What’s been the secret to your success?
Hard work and patience.
What advice do you share with new students?
Attend your classes, work hard, don’t fall behind and have fun.