"Injustice anywhere is the threat to injustice everywhere", Martin Luther King, Jr.
No doubt by now you have heard of President Trump's Executive Order (EO) proposing a 90-day suspension of visas and immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya. Anthony Romero, Executive Director of ACLU directed his organization to try to stay the ban, as many state governors and law makers of all parties stood by protestors against this unjust, un-American order that singles out certain national origins whereas statistics shows their people were never (Zero count) involved with killing even one American in the US (1975-2015).
As the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH), we also would like to raise our voice and announce that we do not stand with religious, race, and nationality bigotry. We strongly condemn this discriminatory order that is not only risking the interests of the United States, but also puts a strong burden on the members of our community. This EO is affecting immigrant communities everywhere and we would not stay silent till reconsideration of this EO by the White House. To show your support, please consider signing the following petition that has been signed by thousands in our profession including several Noble Laureates to oppose the Immigration Executive Order. https://notoimmigrationban.com
Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has been recognized as one of the top 10 pioneers of changing the world through the IoT (Internet of Things) by Connected World magazine for 2017. In past, Connected World has celebrated leading business leaders such as Glenn Lurie (AT&T), Eric Babolat (Babolat), and Elon Musk(Tesla) to name a few but this is the first year they have recognized the oustanding achievements of educators.
Professor Cumrun Vafa of Harvard University has been selected as one of the three recpients of Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics in 2016. Professor Vafa has been acknowledged for numerous deep and groundbreaking contributions to quantum field theory, quantum gravity, string theory and geometry, and statistical derivation of the Bekenstein-Hawking area-entropy relation that unified the laws of thermodynamics with the laws of black hole dynamics and revealed the holographic nature of quantum spacetime.
Professor Ali Hajimiri of Caltech has been named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). According to the NAI press release, “Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.”
Professor Hajimiri has 82 issued U.S. Patents and several dozen more pending. He has also been issued many International Patents for his inventions.