On Sunday May 15, 2016, the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage will be holding its nineteenth annual graduation ceremony honouring academic achievements by students of Iranian Heritage who will be graduating in the 2015/2016 academic year.
Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis' new fabrication technology received NASA’s top award in the international competition for technologies that can build structures and objects on the Moon and Mars. Selective Separation Sintering (SSS), a new 3D-printing process developed by Dr. Khoshnevis to enable the construction of physical structures in space won first place in the NASA In-Situ Materials Challenge. The competition was held in collaboration with the Kennedy Space Center and Swamp Works to advance construction and human habitation in space. The NASA competition mandated that competitors identify novel concepts in advancing the technology and methodology of utilizing materials found on Moon and Mars regolith, crushed basalt rock or others to construct structures or fabricate objects needed for future planetary and space missions.
On March 28, 2016 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) renamed an asteroid, formerly known as (5515) 1989 EL1, 'Naderi' after Dr. Firouz Michael Naderi, Iranian-American scientist.
Dr. Naderi communicated his surprise at hearing the extraordinary news through a Facebook post: "Tonight at NASA/JPL farewell party I learned that they have named an asteroid after me! I was overwhelmed." He then explained that Asteroid “Naderi” is about 10 km in diameter, orbits the Sun every 4.4 years, completes a full revolution every 5.2 hours, and orbits in the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. The asteroid does not cross Earth, but has an orbit a little more eccentric than most asteroids in the main belt. “It will be going around the Sun for billions of years after I am gone,” Naderi further said about the asteroid.
It is a great pleasure to inform you that our colleague, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, has been selected to receive the Khwarizmi International Award, which is administered by the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), Ministry of Research, Science and Technology. Becoming a KIA Laureate is a great honor as KIA is the highest scientific award in Iran given each year to top Iranian as well as non-Iranian scholars worldwide. Previous KIA laureates are all distinguished scholars including luminaries such as Professor Majid Samii, the world renowned neurosurgeon who resides in Germany, and several members of science academies around the world. It is a great honor to announce that this is the second time that an APSIH member wins a KIA award; Professor Muhammad Sahimi from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC won the Khwarizmi International Award for distinguished achievements in science in 2003.