Mahdi Emami’s career has taken him from Iran to Singapore and now the UK, where he’s recently joined the Generative Parametrics team. What drives him? What inspires him? And more importantly, how is he coping with the good old British weather?
In November, Generative Parametrics welcomed Mahdi aboard in a new developer role. His goal? To create innovative software for additive manufacturing. With a career embracing masters, post-doctorates and roles in mechanical engineering, manufacturing and mechatronics, there’s no better man for job.
“I graduated with a master degree in manufacturing and production from Iran’s Amirkabir University of Technology, then worked for four years in the country on manufacturing and automation projects,” says Mahdi. “I wanted to develop my research ideas and pursue a doctorate, so returned to the university to continue my studies.”
The six-year course saw Mahdi publishing frequently cited international papers and journals, covering topics such as a hybrid scanning-projection stereolithography process. Following approaches from US institutions including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in 2017, Mahdi opted for a postdoctoral research position in Singapore.
“For three years, my project was to fabricate micro-lenses and micro-optics to a level acceptable for industry. The process was typically complex and time-consuming. But through our work, we reduced the total manufacturing time on a customised lens to just one hour.”
What prompted the move from Singapore? “My family and I enjoyed living there. It’s dynamic and always changing, and the amenities like transport, are great. But I wasn’t permitted to stay for long.”
An online search uncovered an opportunity in the UK to work with Generative Parametrics on an additive manufacturing software project. Supported by the UK government, the project is a ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnership’ between Generative Parametrics and the University of Bath. “I like applying my technical knowledge to business, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to make a difference in the commercial world,” said Mahdi.
Mahdi’s interest in all things technical began at a young age. At home, his parents raised him in a nurturing environment where his formative skills could thrive. “Technology has always fascinated me,” he says. “I’d retrofit my toys, adding things to make them perform better, such as remote controls. My parents recognised my passion and provided me with components to work with. I’m very grateful for their support.”
Despite coming from two countries blessed with year-long sunshine, Mahdi has acclimatised quickly to the UK. “I really like British weather, especially cloudy days,” he smiles. “I enjoy relaxing by a window with a coffee and a book.”
So what’s next for Mahdi and his Generative Parametrics colleagues? “We’re busy planning and developing potential software solutions. Bringing everything together will be challenging – but rewarding and exciting too.”