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Mirzakhani Graduate Fellowship
Inspired by her ground breaking achievements and advocacy for women in the field of mathematical sciences, Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini-Fard and Anousheh Ansari have established a graduate fellowship in honor of Maryam Mirzakhani, the indomitable, award winning Iranian American mathematics professor at Stanford University. Yassini and Ansari see Maryam as an embodiment of the contributions that the Iranian community has made globally throughout history across the humanities, arts, and sciences. “Maryam’s contributions to mathematics are as significant as those of Khwarizmi’s groundbreaking innovations as the father of algebra more than 12 centuries ago,” says Yassini.
As specialist in theoretical mathematics, Mirzakhani was the first and to-date only female winner of the prestigious Fields Medal—considered the Nobel Prize of mathematics. In additional to many other awards and accolades, in honor of Maryam, her birth date was chosen as the day to celebrate the First International Women in Mathematics Day.
Yassini recognizes Mirzakhani as an present day example of global citizenship and hopes this fellowship motivates many young people, especially other female mathematicians, to pursue the field, carry out innovative research and inspires future global citizens who will be as humble and globally impactful as Maryam was. In 2019, Hannah Larson was awarded the first Maryam Mirzakhani Graduate Fellowship, and Isabel Vogt was awarded the first Maryam Mirzakhani Postdoctoral Fellowship. The hope espoused by the Mirzakhani fellowship appears to be off to a very promising start.
Already being treated for cancer when she received the Fields Medal, Maryam died of breast cancer in July 2017. Yassini and Ansari deeply hope this Fellowship will keep her legacy alive so she will continue to serve as an inspiring role model for young women in mathematical sciences.
Research Engineer,Purdue University
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Reyhaneh Rahbar-Rastegar, Ph.D.
Dr. Reyhaneh Rahbar-Rastegar is currently a research engineer at Purdue University. She holds a B.Sc. (2005) and M.Sc. (2010) in Civil Engineering from her home country, Iran, and a Ph.D. (2017) in Pavement and Materials Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. At Purdue, Reyhaneh works with the Innovative Materials and Pavements (IMP) Group by providing technical guidance, information, and resources to the other research group members. Additionally she regularly interacts with research project sponsors and transportation agencies to facilitate research project management.
Reyhaneh’s Ph.D. research focused on the characterization of asphalt mixtures and pavements containing recycled materials with the specific intent to evaluate the effects of asphalt volumetrics and aging conditions on the performance of asphalt mixtures.
Reyhaneh has been involved in a number of regional, national, and international studies over the past six years in the United States. She has authored and co-authored several articles and conference papers in international and national journals and conferences. She is also an active member of Association of Asphalt Paving Technologist (AAPT) and Transportation Research Board AFK30 Standing Committee.
Dear Dr. Yassini,
There is not enough words to express my gratitude for your (or Yas Foundation) continued support and encouragement. All the experiences and advices that you shared helped me to realize my true potential, and your mentorship has been an invaluable gift over the past five years.
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Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. Scholarship
40 years of industry service | $40,000 donation | Under 40 Rising Leader Award
Wilt Hildenbrand dedicated 4 decades of service to the telecommunications industry starting with his career with Cablevision in 1976 where he consistently lead the team in strategic moves that kept them ahead of competitors in digital video services, Pay Per View, Video on demand and deployment of a 100-mbps data service, even going head to head with Verizon Fios with newer, faster broadband offerings.
Wilt will be remembered for providing a “world of inspiration and support for the industry, a true visionary and leader that is badly missed in our world and industry.” To honor of his longtime friend and colleague, Rouzbeh, through his YAS Foundation has donated the initial $40,000 to launch a $200,000 five-year campaign funding campaign for the Wilt Hildenbrand Scholarship fund in partnership with the SCTE Foundation. He will present the initial donation to Yvette Kanouff, vice chair of the SCTE Foundation and a longtime family friend and colleague of Wilt , on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® in New Orleans. Mandy Hildenbrand, Wilt’s daughter, will present the Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. Under 40 Rising Leader Award for the first time since it has been renamed to honor her dad, during the Annual Awards Luncheon the following day, also at Cable-Tec Expo.