Born and raised in Iran, Ali started his aerospace engineering studies in 2005 at K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Iran. During his undergraduate studies, he focused on multidisciplinary modelling and design optimization applied to aerospace systems. In 2010, Ali began his graduate studies at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, working on developing chemical mixtures that mimic targeted properties of aerospace fuels. He also performs research on space debris through volunteering with the space generation advisory council’s space safety and sustainability project group.

An avid teacher, he has been the teaching assistant for the aircraft design course for two consecutive years. He has also taught aerospace sciences and engineering courses to high school students as part of the DEEP summer academy at the University of Toronto.

As executive co-secretary of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and with experience working in several different countries and in international environments, Ali believes that international collaboration is crucial for success in the proper exploration and utilization of space. Collaboration brings different perspectives and methodologies to the same table, leading to more innovative and optimized solutions. His vision is a day when we have more frequent space flights, not just for tourism, but also to explore our universe in more detail, using the space environment to advance our scientific knowledge, and using space resources for the advancement of mankind.

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Ali at the 2013 Tsinghua University IAF-SUAC International Student Workshop in Beijing, China.