Jasmin Moghbeli

(Major, U.S. Marine Corps) NASA Astronaut Candidate Summary: Jasmin Moghbeli has been selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. She will report for duty in August 2017. The New York native earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a Master’s degree ...
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Abbas Ardehali

Dr. Abbas Ardehali, a professor of surgery and medicine in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been selected a 2017 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Ardehali will receive the award at ceremony on May 13  at historic Ellis Island ...
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Important Announcement about Executive Order on Visas

ALERT MARCH 16, 2017 Important Announcement Executive Order on Visas On March 15, 2017, the United States District Court in Hawaii issued a ruling barring the Department from implementing Sections 2 and 6 of Executive Order 13780 suspending visa issuance and entry into the United States.  On March 16, 2017, a federal district court for the District of ...
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The Inaugural Address

Remarks of President Donald J. Trump Friday January 20, 2017 Washington DC (As Prepared for Delivery ) Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to ...
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Ali Khademhosseini

Ali Khademhosseini is a Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a faculty at the Harvard-MIT’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and as well as an Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.  He is also a Junior Principal Investigator at Japan’s World Premier International ...
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Nasrin Sotoudeh

Name: Nasrin Sotoudeh Occupation: Human Rights Lawyer Date of Imprisonment: September 2010 Charge: Propagation Activities Against the Regime; Cooperating with the Center for Human Rights Defenders; and Endangering National Security Sentence: Six Years in Prison and a Ban from the Practice of Law for Ten Years She has been released from prison.
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Hamid Reza Moradi Sarvestani

Name: Hamid Reza Moradi Sarvestani Occupation: Religious Minority Practitioner (Gonabadi Dervish), Human Rights Activist Date of Arrest: September 4, 2011 Charge: Propaganda Against the Regime, Insulting the Supreme Leader, Agitation of the Public Consciousness, Establishment and Membership in Perverse Groups, and Disruption of the Public Order. Sentence: 10 Years and 6 Months in Prison He ...
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Atena Farghadani

Name: Atena Farghadani Occupation: Cartoonist, Painter. Date of Arrest: January 10, 2015 Charge: “Coolition Against the Security of the System”, “Propaganda Against the System”, “Insulting the Leader, the President and the Members of Parliament” and “Charged for Artwork Expressing Political Defiance”. Sentence: 12 Years and 9 Months in Prison She was released on June 3rd, 2016.
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Mohammad Seifzadeh

Name: Mohammad Seifzadeh Occupation: Human Rights Lawyer Date of Imprisonment: October 2010 Charge: Collusion and Assembly with Intent to Disrupt Internal Security; Propagation Activities Against the Regime; and Establishing the Center for Human Rights Defenders Sentence: Nine Years in Prison and Banned from Practicing Law for 10 Years
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Behnaz Sarafpour

Behnaz Sarafpour is an Iranian-American New York City-based designer who introduced a line of women’s apparel bearing her name in 2001. She attended Parsons School of Design, where she was honored with the Golden Thimble Award, and has held design positions at Isaac Mizrahi, Narciso Rodriguez, Richard Tyler, Anne Klein, and Barneys New York. Her collections are presented in New York with the ...
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Cyrus Nowrasteh

Cyrus Nowrasteh was born in September 19, 1956 and is an Iranian-American screenwriter and director of theatrical films, television shows, and made-for-TV movies. He is best known for his involvement in the controversial docudrama The Path to 9/11. Of Iranian descent, he was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. Nowrasteh attended New Mexico State University on an athletic scholarship and ...
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Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born on April 7, 1933 and is an Iranian-American University Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, and a prominent Islamic philosopher. He is the author of many scholarly books and articles. Nasr is a Muslim Persian philosopher and renowned scholar of comparative religion, and writes in the fields of Islamic esoterism, Sufism, philosophy of science, and metaphysics. Nasr was the ...
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Amir Naderi

Amir Naderi was born in August 15, 1946 in Abadan and is an Iranian-American film director, screenwriter, and photographer. He is best known for The Runner and Vegas: Based on a True Story. Amir Naderi grew up in Abadan. He became interested in photography and cinema at an early age. As a filmmaker he was inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography of urban experience ...
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Isaac Larian

Isaac Larian was born in March 28, 1954 in Kashan, Iran and is an Iranian-American businessman and entrepreneur. He is the Chief Executive Officer of MGA Entertainment, the biggest privately owned toy company in the world. Born to a Jewish family in Iran, Larian arrived to the United States alone at the age of 17. After graduating from California State University, Los Angeles in civil engineering, he started a business exporting ...
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Siavash Alamouti

Siavash Alamouti is an Iranian-American engineer who is best known for the invention of the so-called Alamouti space–time block code, filed in 1997 and patented jointly with Vahid Tarokh. Alamouti’s code is a 2 transmit antenna space-time block code and has been adopted in various global standards. Formerly an Intel Fellow and the CTO of Mobile Wireless Group at Intel Corp., since March 2010 he is ...
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Omid Kordestani

Omid R. Kordestani was born in 1963 in Tehran, Iran and is an Iranian-American businessman who works as senior advisor to the Office of the CEO and Founders at Google and as Non-Executive Director at Vodafone. Omid Kordestani was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up there attending Andisheh Don Bosco School, an Italian Catholic school in Tehran that emphasized education and language skills. He ...
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Ehsan Yarshater

Ehsan Yarshater was born in April 3, 1920 and is the Iranian-American founder and director of The Center for Iranian Studies, and Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Columbia University. He was the first full-time professor of Persian Studies at a U.S. university since World War II. Born in Hamedan, Iran to a middle class family, ...
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Alecko Eskandarian

Alecko Eskandarian was born July 9, 1982 in New Jersey and is an Iranian-American former soccer player. He is of Armenian-Iranian descent and is the son of former soccer player Andranik Eskandarian, who played soccer professionally for the New York Cosmos, and the Iranian national football team. Alecko last played for Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy. He currently is the assistant coach for New York Cosmos. Prior ...
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Soroosh Sorooshian

Soroosh Sorooshian is an Iranian-American distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California Irvine and currently serving as the Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing. Dr. Sorooshian was born in Kerman, Iran in 1948 and is a member of such prestigious organizations as the National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics. He was also a chairman for the Global Energy and Water ...
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Amir Ali Sadollah

Amir Ali Sadollah was born August 27, 1980 and is an Iranian-American professional mixed martial artist. Sadollah was born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Richmond, Virginia to an Iranianfather and an Irish-American mother. Amir began mixed martial arts as a way to stay in shape. He began to take the sport more seriously after working as a surgical technologist at VCU Healthsystems and ...
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Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan was born on May 3, 1972 and is an Iranian-American writer and scholar of religions. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, a Research Associate at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy, and a contributing editor for The Daily Beast. His books include the international bestseller No god but God: ...
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Ramin Bahrani

Ramin Bahrani was born on March 20, 1975 and is an Iranian-American director and screenwriter. Bahrani was born in North Carolina, to Iranian parents. He received his BA from Columbia University in New York City. His first feature film, Man Push Cart (2005), premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2005) and screened at the Sundance Film Festival (2006). The film won over 10 international prizes, was released theatrically around the world, and was ...
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Homayoon Kazerooni

Homayoon Kazerooni is a roboticist and professor of Mechanical Engineering at theUniversity of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kazerooni is the director of the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory and also the Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Berkeley Bionics. The Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory is also affectionately known as “KAZ LAB”. Dr. Kazerooni’s work focuses on the control of human-machine systems ...
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Farzad Bonyadi

Farzad “Freddy” Bonyadi was born in 1959 in Tehran, Iran and is an Iranian-american professional pokerplayer based in California. He has won 3 World Series of Poker bracelets. Bonyadi moved from Iran to America in 1983, where he worked as an executive host in the LA Commerce Casino and as a shift manager at Hollywood Park Casino. Bonyadi first came to ...
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David B. Samadi

Dr. David B. Samadi is the Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in New York City. He is a world renowned board-certified urologist and an oncologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of urologic diseases, prostate cancer, kidney cancer andbladder cancer, and specializes in advanced minimally invasive ...
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Ferial Govashiri

Ferial Govashiri currently serves as the Personal Secretary to the President of the United States. She got her bachelor of political science from University of California, Irvine in 2005 and got into Politics in 2007 when she joined Obama’s Presidential Campaign working in the Department of Scheduling and Advance at his Chicago Headquarters. After the ...
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Sarah Shahi

Ahoo Jahansouz (Sarah Shahi) was born in 1980 and is an Iranian-American television actress. Shahi was born and grew up in Euless, Texas. She is the daughter of Mah Monir, an interior designer, and Abbas Jahansouz Shahi. She has one older brother and a younger sister. Her father’s family left Iran two years before the Iranian Revolution. She is a descendant ...
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Ala Ebtekar

Ala Ebtekar was born in July 21, 1978. He is an American-based visual artist who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ebtekar is known primarily for his work in painting, drawing, and installation that explores the juncture between history and myth, forging a multi-faceted project that melds Persian mythology, science, philosophy and pop culture together. ...
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Mark Changizi

Mark Changizi, Iranian-American theoretical neurobiologist, science writer, and author, was born in 1969 in New Jersey to an Iranian physician father and an American mother. Mark got his bachelor in Physics and Math from University of Virginia in 1991 and his Math PhD from University of Maryland in 1997. Mark not only studied math during PhD, ...
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Ida Saki

Ida Saki is a dancer, dance teacher, Mind Body Dancer Yoga instructor, choreographer, and performer. She was born and raised in Dallas, where she graduated from Booker T. Washington Performing Arts Center with honors; she then moved to New York City to continue her education and training at New York University. She continues to keep a close relationship with her Iranian ...
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Sahar Nowrouzzadeh

Sahar Nowrouzzadeh is an Iranian-American foreign policy expert and was born in Connecticut in 1982 to Iranian parents. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Iran nearly 50 years ago when her father began his residency as an OB/GYN. Sahar currently serves as a Director for Iran on the National Security Council (NSC) at ...
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Bobak Ferdowsi

Bobak Ferdowsi was born on November 7, 1979 and is an Iranian-American systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He served on the Cassini–Huygens and Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission. Ferdowsi was born November 7, 1979, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is of Persiandescent; his father immigrated to the United States from Iran. His parents met in college. Soon after birth he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he stayed ...
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Saba Valadkhan

Dr. Saba Valadkhan  is an Iranian American biomedical scientist, and an Assistant Professor and RNA researcher at Case Western Reserve University. Saba Valadkhan was born in Tehran in 1974 to bright parents who had a great influence on her. She was qualified as a medical doctor in Iran, before moving to the United States to pursue post-graduate study at Columbia University in New York. In 2005, she ...
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Jamal Yagoobi

Dr. Jamal Yagoobi received a BS in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in mechanical engineering in 1984. After receiving his Ph.D., he worked for Westvaco Corporation as a research engineer before joining Texas A&M University in 1987, where he ...
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Farzaneh Milani

Farzaneh Milani is an Iranian-American scholar and author. She teaches Persian literature and Women’s Studies at the University of Virginia. Milani is Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures. She is also a poet, award-winning translator, and a recipient of the Carnegie Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Milani’s 1992 book Veils and Words: ...
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Abass Alavi

Abass Alavi is a physician-scientist specializing in the field of molecular imaging, most notably in the imaging modality of positron emission tomography (PET). Professor Alavi was born in Iran-Tabriz and received his medical degree from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 1964. He began his training in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center and the Philadelphia VA Hospital ...
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Tanaz Eshaghian

Tanaz Eshaghian was born on September 8, 1974 in Iran and is an Iranian-American documentary filmmaker. Tanaz Eshaghian left Iran with her mother at the age of six. She grew up in New York City, went to Trinity School and graduated from Brown University in 1996 with a BA in Semiotics. Her first film “I Call Myself Persian,” completed in 2002, told ...
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Hamid Akhavan-Malayeri

Hamid Akhavan-Malayeri was born in 1961 in Tehran, Iran. Hamid is an Iranian-American business executive, and the CEO of Unify GmbH & Co. KG (formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications) since February 2010. Hamid Akhavan holds Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) and a Master’s degree in the same fields from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hamid has ...
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Bahar Soomekh

Bahar Soomekh was born in March 30, 1975 and is an Iranian-born American actress and environmental activist. Bahar was born in Tehran, Iran, to a devout Persian Jewish family. She moved with her parents and sister, Saba Soomekh, to Los Angeles, California, United States in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution. Bahar speaks fluent English, Persian, Spanish, and some Hebrew. She attended Sinai Akiba Academy and Beverly Hills High School, where she played the violin in the ...
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Dara Khosrowshahi

Dara Khosrowshahi was born in Tehran in May 28, 1969  and is an Iranian-American businessman and the CEO of Expedia, Inc. Khosrowshahi received a B.S. in Bioelectrical Engineering from Brown University in 1991. Dara Khosrowshahi has served as CEO of Expedia, Inc., the world’s largest online travel company, since August 2005. Under his leadership, Expedia has extended its global presence to more than 60 ...
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Roya Hakakian

Roya Hakakian was born in 1966 in Iran and is an Iranian-American poet, journalist and writer living in the United States. Born and raised in a Persian Jewish family in Tehran, Hakakian lived through the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and actively supported it along with other liberals. As the Iran-Iraq war raged and restrictive laws became more common, she immigrated unwillingly to the United States ...
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Deep Dish

Deep Dish is a duo of DJs and house-music producers consisting of Iranian-American members Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia and SharamTayebi. Based in Washington, D.C., Shirazinia and Tayebi are well known for providing house or dance remixes of tracks of famous stars such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, Cher and Gabrielle, and for their live DJing sets. They often collaborate with artist Richard Morel and produced a dance hit with his song “True (The Faggot is You)”. ...
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Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, was born as Amir Esfandiari in December 8, 1978 and is a professional Iranian-American poker player and former professional magician. Esfandiari was born in Tehran, Iran. When he was nine years old, his family moved to San Jose, California. He graduated from Del Mar High School in 1997. At the age of 19, he changed his name to Antonio, ...
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Yara Shahidi

Yara Sayeh Shahidi who was born on February 10, 2000 is an Iranian-American actress. Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to an American mother, Keri-Salter Shahidi, and an Iranian father, Afshin Shahidi, a photographer. The family moved to California, for Afshin’s work, when Yara was 4. She is the older sister of child actor Sayeed Shahidi. She began her career when ...
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Ramin Najafi

Doctor Ramin Najafi is an Iranian-American chemist. Having emigrated from Iran to study in 1978, Ramin Najafi’s future plans were thrown into disarray by the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Under the guidance of Professor John Soderquist at University of San Francisco, he earned a B.S. and M.S. in chemistry, and then received his Ph.D. at University of California at ...
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Doreen Granpeesheh

Doreen Granpeesheh was born in 1963 and is an Iranian-American clinical psychologist and a PHD holder. Doreen was born in Tehran, Iran and went to school in England and Switzerland. Because of the Islamic Revolution, her parents chose for her to live in the United States where she completed grade school. At fifteen years of age, she received ...
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Nader Engheta

Nader Engheta was born in October 8, 1955 in Tehran and is an Iranian-American scientist. He is currently the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, affiliated with the departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Bioengineering, and Physics and Astronomy. He earned his Masters and PhD degrees from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.S. degree from the school ...
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Shohreh Aghdashloo

Shohreh Aghdashloo was born in May 11, 1952 in Tehran, as Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar (“Aghdashloo” is the family name of her former husband, Iranian painter Aydin Aghdashloo) to a wealthy family, and is an Iranian American actress. Aghdashloo started acting at the age of 18. Following numerous starring roles on the stage, she was offered her first film role in Gozāresh (The ...
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Baba Ali

Baba Ali was born Ali Ardekani in October 29, 1975 and is an Iranian-American comedian, games developer, businessman and actor. Although born into a Persian family, he was raised in a secular irreligious household in Los Angeles, California. From the age of 18, he studied many religions. At the age of 20, Ali converted to Islam after attending an Islamic camp. A worker in the IT field by profession in California, Ali ...
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Lily Afshar

Lily Afshar is an Iranian-American classical guitarist. Lily was born in Tehran. At ten years of age she first encountered the guitar and found out about her love for music while visiting a cousin who was taking lessons. Her prodigious skill and love of music eventually led her to The Boston Conservatory, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in ...
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Nima Arkani-Hamed

Nima Arkani-Hamed was born in April 5th 1972 and is an Iranian-American theoretical physicist with interests in high-energy physics. Arkani-Hamed is now on the faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He was formerly a professor at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. Arkani-Hamed’s parents are both Iranian physicists. His father was chairman of the physics department at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. Arkani-Hamed graduated from the University of ...
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Atoosa Rubenstein

Atoosa Rubenstein was born Atoosa Behnegar in Tehran, Iran in 1972 and is an Iranian-American entrepreneur and editor. She was the editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine and also the founding editor of CosmoGIRL! She is currently the founder of Big Momma Productions, Inc. and Atoosa.com. She was three when her family moved to Queens, New York and then later to Malverne, on Long Island. As an undergraduate ...
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Ali Javan

Ali Javan was born in December 26, 1926 and is an Iranian-American physicist and inventor at MIT. His main contributions to science have been in the fields of quantum physics and spectroscopy. He co-invented the gas laser in 1960, with William R. Bennett. In 2007 Javan was ranked Number 12 on the Telegraph newspaper list of the “Top 100 Living Geniuses”. Ali Javan was born in Tehran to Iranian parents ...
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Nadia Bjorlin

Nadia Alexandra Bjorlin was born in August 2, 1980 in Newport, Rhode Island and is an Iranian-American actress, singer, musician and model. Her parents are the Swedish composer and conductor Mats Ulf Stefan Björlin and Fary Dadashi, an Interior Designer from Iran. Björlin is fluent in English, Swedish, and Persian and is also schooled in the French, Italian, and Russian. She attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood ...
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Nariman Farvardin

Nariman Farvardin is an Iranian-American engineer and president at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. Formerly Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Maryland, College Park, he took office at Stevens on 1 July 2011. Farvardin was born in Tehran, Iran. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1984, one year after earning his doctorate, he ...
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Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour was born in 1978 in Tehran and is an Iranian-American novelist, essayist and writer. Porochista was born in Tehran and was raised in South Pasadena, California and the Los Angeles area. Khakpour attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York for her BA, majoring in Creative Writing and Literature. She received her MA from Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. After receiving her ...
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Navid Negahban

Navid Negahban was born in June 2, 1968 in Mashhad, Iran and is an Iranian American actor. Negahban took a liking to theater when he was 8 years old while provoking laughter from a large audience by portraying an old man on stage. He left Iran when he was 20 for Turkey and then Germany, where he spent eight-and-a-half years. In Germany, he worked for ...
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Shahrnush Parsipur

Shahrnush Parsipur was born on February 17, 1946 in Tehran and is an Iranian-American writer and novelist. She is the daughter of an attorney in the Iranian Justice Ministry originally from Shiraz. Born and raised in Tehran, she received her B.A. in sociology from Tehran University in 1973 and studied Chinese language and civilization at the Sorbonne from 1976 to 1980. Shahrnush ...
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Hamid Jafarkhani

Hamid Jafarkhani was born in 1966 in Tehran, and is an Iranian-American Chancellor’s Professor in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering. His research focuses on communications theory, particularly coding and wireless communications and networks. Prior to studying at the University of Tehran, he was ranked first in the nationwide entrance examination of Iranian universities in 1984. After receiving his B.S. degree in 1989, he studied at the University ...
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Mahnaz Afkhami

Mahnaz Afkhami was born in Kerman, Iran in 1941 and is the Iranian-American Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP). She is also the Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Iran. Her early childhood was spent in Kerman, Iran. When she was 11 a part of her family moved to the United ...
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Vartan Gregorian

Vartan Gregorian was born on April 8, 1934 in Tabriz, Iran to a Christian Armenian family and is an Iranian-Armenian academic, currently serving as the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gregorian was six years old when his mother, then twenty-six, died of pneumonia. His father, who worked for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in Abadan, was away from home ...
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Soraya Darabi

Soraya Darabi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Georgetown University. She is a renowned digital entrepreneur and pioneer in the social media landscape, Soraya is a leading authority on digital commerce and ways to apply new technologies to help foster efficiency, visibility and growth. Most recently, Soraya is the co-founder of ...
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Mohsen Mostafavi

Mohsen Mostafavi was born in 1954 and is an Iranian-American architect and educator. He is the Dean and a Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has been the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, and the Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Mostafavi received a diploma in architecture from the Architectural Association in 1976 and undertook research ...
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Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour is a television news anchor and foreign correspondent who has spent her career working for the American news network Cable Network News and the American news program 60 Minutes. She is of British and Iranian descent and is a naturalized American citizen. She is famous for having covered stories in many conflict zones, ...
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Firouz Naderi

Dr. Naderi is the director for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Formerly, he was the associate director for Project Formulation and Strategy (2005-2011) providing oversight of new business acquisition and strategic planning at JPL. Prior to that, he was the head of the Mars Exploration Program (2000-2005) a span of ...
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Goli Ameri

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Gholam Peyman

Gholam A. Peyman, MD recipient of National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States, President Obama, on America’s leading innovators and a Hall of Fame of Ophthalmology and retina surgeon who is also a prolific and successful inventor. Gholam Peyman has, thus ...
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Cyrus Habib

Cyrus Habib is an attorney and politician from the U.S. state of Washington. In 2012, Habib, a Democrat, was elected to represent Washington’s 48th Legislative District, which includes Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Kirkland, Medina, Redmond, and Yarrow Point, in the Washington State House of Representatives. He is a Rhodes Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and ...
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Rudi Bakhtiar

Rudi Bakhtiar (Rudabeh Bakhtiar) is the first Iranian American journalist to anchor a prime time news hour in the United States, called “CNN Headline News Tonight”. She has over a decade experience working for major international news outlets CNN and Fox News Channel. Bakhtiar was the Director of Communications for the International Campaign for Human ...
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Pardis Sabeti

Pardis Sabeti is an Iranian-American computational biologist, medical geneticist and evolutionary geneticist, who developed a bioinformatic statistical method which identifies sections of the genome that have been subject to natural selection and an algorithm which explains the effects of genetics on the evolution of disease. Sabeti is an Associate Professor in the Center for Systems ...
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Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari born September in Mashhad, Iran is an engineer and the Iranian-American co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. On September 18, 2006, a few days after her 40th birthday, she became the first Iranian in space. Ansari was the fourth ...
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Salar Kamangar

Salar Kamangar was born in tehran in 1977 and is a graduate of Stanford University. He is a senior executive at Google and the former CEO of Google’s YouTube brand. Kamangar holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with honors from Stanford University and was the 9th employee to join Google. He joined after graduating from Stanford in 1998. ...
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Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Morad Omidyar is a French-born Iranian American entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. Omidyar and his wife Pam are well-known philanthropists who founded Omidyar Network in 2004 in order to expand their efforts beyond non-profits to include for-profits and public policy. Growing up in Washington, D.C., ...
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Mina Bissell

Mina J. Bissell, Ph.D., is an Iranian American biologist and a world-recognized leader in the area of the role of extracellular matrix (ECM) and microenvironment in regulation of tissue-specific function, with special emphasis on breast cancer. She was born in Tehran, Iran and brought up in a well-educated and well-to-do family. By the time she ...
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Cyrus Amir-Mokri

Cyrus Amir-Mokri is the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Treasury Department and has lived in the United States since 1981 since his family immigrated from Iran following the 1979 Iranian revolution. After attending Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin for one year, Amir-Mokri attended Harvard College, graduating in 1986 with a degree ...
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Cyma Zarghami

Cyma Zarghami is an Iranian-American cable television executive currently serving as the president of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks’ Kids & Family Group. Zarghami was born in Abadan, Iran to an Iranian father, Gholam, and a Scottish mother, Catherine. The family later moved to Canada and finally to Englewood, New Jersey, where she graduated in the ...
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Esfandiar Baharmast

Esfandiar Baharmast is a retired Iranian-American football (soccer) referee best known for supervising two matches during the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France. At that tournament, he was briefly vilified for giving a controversial late penalty to Norway in the dying minutes of their first-round game with Brazil, only to be vindicated the following ...
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Nazanin Boniadi

Born in Tehran at the height of the Iranian Revolution, Ms. Boniadi’s parents relocated to London shortly thereafter. Later she moved to the United States to attend the University of California Irvine where she received her Bachelor’s Degree, with Honors in Biological Sciences. Ms. Boniadi then decided to study acting, which included training in Contemporary ...
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Shahriar Sadigh Afshar

Shahriar Sadigh Afshar was born in 1971 and is an Iranian-American physicist and a multiple award-winning inventor. He is known for devising and carrying out the Afshar experiment at Harvard University in 2004.Since July 2004, Afshar has been a Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University. His highest academic degree is B.S. His award-winning invention, KOR-fx, is considered to be the next step towards ...
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Haleh Esfandiari

Haleh Esfandiari who was born in 1940 in Iran is an Iranian American academic and the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.  Esfandiari earned her Ph.D. at the University of Vienna and her areas of expertise include Middle Eastern women’s issues, contemporary Iranian intellectual currents ...
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Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini is an American economist and was born in March 29, 1958 in Istanbul, Turkey, to Iranian Jewish parents. When he was an infant, his family lived briefly in Iran and Israel. From 1962 to 1983 he resided in Italy, especially in Milan, where he attended the local Jewish school and then the Bocconi University, earning a B.A. in economics. He received his Ph.D. in international economics from Harvard University in ...
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Davar Ardalan

Iran Davar Ardalan is the Senior Producer of NPR’s Tell Me More. She was born in San Francisco and has also lived and worked in Iran as a television newscaster for IRIB English News. Ardalan attended elementary and middle school at Iranzamin International School in Tehran and graduated from Brookline High School in Brookline, M.A. She earned ...
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Touraj Houshmandzadeh

Touraj Houshmandzadeh was born September 26, 1977 and is an Iranian/American (Houshmandzadeh is of mixed heritage: his mother is African-American and his father Persian) football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State. Houshmandzadeh has also played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, the Baltimore Ravens in 2010, and the Oakland Raiders in ...
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Faryar Shirzad

Born in1965 to Iranian parents in London. Faryar has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maryland; a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He formerly served on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House from March 2003 ...
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Roxana Saberi

Roxana Saberi is an Iranian-American journalist[1] and former Miss North Dakota pageant winner. She was born in New Jersey/USA on April 26, 1977 from an Iranian father and a Japanese mother. Roxana graduated in 1997 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with degrees in Communication and French. Ms. Saberi was chosen as Miss North Dakota in 1997 and was among the top ten finalists in Miss America 1998. ...
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Atefeh Riazi

Atefeh Riazi, a United States national born in Iran, was appointed as Chief Information Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Management by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May 2013.  Ms. Riazi started her professional career with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City.  During the period of 16 years, ...
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Shahriar Kamali

Shahriar Kamali, known as King Kamali, is an Iranian-American bodybuilder and was born in March 29, 1972 in Tehran, Iran. He is a retired IFBB professional bodybuilder. Nicknamed, famous as “The Persian Pearl” and “The Terminator”, Kamali, now lives in New Jersey and New York City. Kamali has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from George Mason University. The resulting knowledge about human kinesiology and sport nutrition combined with his distinctive posing ...
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Firoozeh Dumas

Firoozeh Dumas is an Iranian-American writer and was born in 1965 in Abadan, Iran. At the age of seven, Dumas and her family moved to Whittier, California. She later moved back to Iran and lived inTehran and Ahvaz. However, she once again immigrated to the United States; first to Whittier, then to Newport Beach, California. Dumas began to write and submit essays to obtain money ...
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Arash Ferdowsi

Arash Ferdowsi was born October 7, 1985 and is an Iranian-American entrepreneur. He is co-founder and chief technology officer of Dropbox. Arash graduated from high school in 2004 in Kansas. Ferdowsi attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he dropped out in his last year to focus on his business. Ferdowsi launched Dropbox in June 2007 with his business partner, Drew Houston, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In September ...
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Rostam Batmanglij

Rostam Batmanglij was born on November 28, 1983 to Iranian parents and is an Iranian-American songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist of New York-based indie rock band Vampire Weekend and electro-soul group Discovery. Batmanglij grew up in Washington D.C. His mother is the distinguished Persian cookbook author Najmieh Batmanglij while his father is a publisher. His parents are both Iranian and arrived in D.C. in 1983. His brother ...
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Omid Behrouzi

Name: Omid Behrouzi Occupation: Lawyer Date of Imprisonment: September 8, 2011 Charge: “Forming an Illegal Group,” “Acting Against National Security,” “Propaganda Against the Regime,” “Insulting the Leader of the Islamic Republic,” “Disturbing Public Order” Sentence: Seven and a Half Years in Prison. Behrouzi was among the dozens of prisoners of conscience held in Evin Prison Ward 350 reported to have been ...
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Emad Bahavar

Name: Emad Bahavar Occupation: Student, Political Activist Date of Sentence: January 10, 2011 Charge: “Propaganda Against the State,” “Insulting the Supreme Leader” Sentence: Seven Years in Prison, and a Ten Year Ban on Political Activities, Media Activities, and Internet Activities Bahavar was among the dozens of prisoners of conscience held in Evin Prison Ward 350 reported to have been injured or placed ...
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Ebrahim Yazdi

Name: Ebrahim Yazdi Occupation: Reformist Politician Charge: “Assembly Against National Security,” “Propagating Against the Regime,” and Establishing and Leading the Freedom Movement of Iran Sentence: Eight Years in Prison and a Five Year Ban on Social Activities Date of Sentence: April 16, 2012
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Abdolreza Ghanbari

Name: Abdolreza Ghanbari Occupation: Persian Literature Teacher Date of Imprisonment: December 27, 2009 Charge: Moharebeh (“Enmity Towards God”) Through Participation in the Street Gatherings on Ashura Day and Contact with Enemy Groups Sentence: Death, as of September 2013 – Ghanbari’s Death Sentence has Reportedly Been Commuted to 10 Years Imprisonment.
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Sayed Ziaoddin (Zia) Nabavi

Name: Sayed Ziaoddin (Zia) Nabavi Date of Imprisonment: June 2009 Occupation: Student Charge: Moharebeh (“Enmity Towards God”) Current Status: Imprisoned Sentence: 10 Years Nabavi co-founded the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education, an organization of students barred from studying as a result of their political activities, in 2007. He was arrested shortly after Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election for attending a ...
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Bahareh Hedayat

Name: Bahareh Hedayat Occupation: Student and Women’s Rights Activist Date of Imprisonment: December 31, 2009 Charge: Insulting the Supreme Leader; Insulting the President; Actions Against National Security; Propagation of Falsehoods; and Colluding for Assembly Sentence: Seven and a Half Years Plus Two Years from a Previously Suspended Sentence
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Majid Dorri

Name: Majid Dorri Date of Imprisonment: July 9, 2009 Occupation: Student Activist Charge: Moharebeh (“Enmity Towards God”); Acting Against National Security; Disrupting Public Order; and Relations with the Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization Current Status: Imprisoned Sentence: 6 and a Half Years Majid Dorri is a student activist who has been banned from continuing his education, sentenced ...
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Masoud Bastani

Name: Masoud Bastani Date of Imprisonment: July 5, 2009 Occupation: Reformist Journalist Charge: Propagating Against the Regime and Congregating and Collusion to Create Anarchy Current Status: Imprisoned Sentence: Six Years Husband of jailed activist Mahsa Amrabadi, Bastani is an Iranian reformist journalist. Throughout his career, he was arrested several times, most recently on July 5, 2009. He has suffered torture and abuse ...
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Kasra Nouri

Name: Kasra Nouri  Occupation: Unavailable Date of Imprisonment: March 14, 2012 Charge: “Propaganda Against the Regime”, “Acting Against National Security”, “Membership in a Deviant Group” and “Interviews with Foreign Media” Sentence: Four Years and Four Months Jail
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Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm, and Mahvash Sabet

Name: Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm, and Mahvash Sabet Occupation: Members of Yaran, the Coordinating Group for the Iranian Baha’i Community Date of Imprisonment: May 14, 2008 (Mahvash Sabet March 8, 2008) Charge: Espionage for Israel, Insulting Religious Sanctities, and Propaganda Against the Islamic Republic Sentence: 20 Years
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