Ali Djalilian

Committee Member

Ali Djalilian, MD is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Illinois at Chicago. He is one the leading experts in the management of patients with severe ocular surface disease. He has  published over 150 journal papers and book chapters. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the journal The Ocular Surface.


Fahimeh Baftizadeh

Committee Member

Fahimeh is originally from Iran. She did her B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics at Ferdowsi university of Mashhad. Then she went to Trieste in Italy to pursue a PhD in biophysics followed by a postdoc at MIT in Boston. She is now a Scienctist at Allen Institute for Brain Science based in Seattle, working on identifying different cell types in the brain.


Dr. Jamal Rostami

Chief Compliance Officer

Dr. Rostami is a registered Professional Engineering (PE) in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia with over 25 years of experience in design, management, research, and teaching in the field of mining, tunneling, and underground construction. Dr. Rostami received his undergraduate in Mining Engineering from University of Tehran in 1987 with the high honor of first in his class. He obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in mining engineering from Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in 1992 and 1997, respectively. Dr. Rostami worked as a research faculty and deputy director of Earth Mechanics Institute at CSM until year 2000. Dr. Rostami joined the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 2007 where he is currently an associate professor, Centennial Chair and Interim Program Chair in Mining Engineering. Dr. Rostami has published over 130 papers and many technical reports. He is a member of SME, ASCE, ARMA, ISEE, IRSME, IRRMS, TRB tunneling committee, and Univ. of Tehran alumni association (Kanoon Fanni). He is the 2013 chair of the professional engineering exam committee, and a member of the structure and governance (S&G) strategic committee of the society of mining engineers (SME). He was the founder of Iranian Academic Association in Washington DC active for ten years before it was registered as Iranian American Academics and Professionals (IAAP) in 2013. Dr. Rostami is also an active member of the interfaith initiative of Center Country PA (IICC) since 2010.