Our People – Sasan Mojgani | Perseverance Personified

Sasan Mojgani is a Mechanical Engineer and Associate at iFactor. We sat down with Sasan to learn more about  one of iFactor’s most focused and dedicated team members.

 

Q: You recently passed the PE exam…congratulations! What advice would you give a candidate taking the exam for the first time?

A:

Start early.

Plan well (consider all events that may happen during length of your exam preparation – i.e. project deadlines, sickness, etc.) Allow for and anticipate emergencies interfering with your planned schedule.

Master the fundamentals.

Tag important sections in textbooks, ASHRAE Handbooks, etc. that you’ll use to prepare for the exam for quicker access during exam.

Solve as many problems as you can.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a young professional just entering the engineering field, what would it be?

A: Master the fundamentals and be thorough. Mistakes are inevitable but learn from them and don’t repeat the same mistake twice. Try to learn something new every day.

 

Q: What is the greatest work of engineering genius?

A: There are too many to name. I think the development of the steam engine revolutionized the industry many years ago and served as the catalyst for even more innovations. The advancement in electronics and communications is also remarkable. Just look at the smartphones we hold…it’s amazing how dependent we all are on this technology.

 

Q: What is the most exciting project you’ve worked on?

A: I would have to say the Ambulatory Surgical Center at Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center. The project included the complex design of four critical operating and radiology suites along with two other operating rooms. I passed the ASHREA HFDP exam a year prior so it was really rewarding to put some of the principles I learned into practice.

 

Q: Do you have any big|exciting plans in store for 2017?

A: Passing the PE exam was my biggest career goal for 2017! That was a huge goal checked off my to-do list.

 

Q: What might we find you doing on a typical Sunday afternoon?

A: Equal parts chores and relaxation. Also, planning my next week’s activities (both work and non-work activities).

 

Q: If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?

A: Eliminating any kind of war. I think the reason is pretty obvious…the world has become such a chaotic place. Other than that, I’d like to see how technology has advanced 100 or 200 years from now.

 

Q: You’ve lived in the Austria, India, Iran and the United States. What’s one thing you’ve taken away from your time in each country?

A:

  • Austria: Drink beer. Socialism is really chill in Vienna. They do a lot of things right.
  • India: How to be grateful for the life you were granted.
  • Iran: Iran is my soil and where my roots belong. There are just too many things to mention here…(as a side note: Iran is a country where the first charter of right of nations in the world (The Cyrus the Great Cylinder) was originated from. Iran is a very modern country, more than 90% of the adult population is literate, has amazing food and very hospitable people.
  • United States: That people are people, no matter where they are from, and how to embrace everyone no matter what culture they were born into. I am very fortunate to call this land my home now.

 

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

A: People who text while driving.

 

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A:

  • At work: Pay attention to the details, double-check your own work, and ask lots of questions.
  • In general: Be kind to one another, serve your community, and be thankful for what you have. Also, am very inspired by Martin Luther King’s saying: “If you can’t fly, then RUN. If you can’t run, then WALK. If you can’t walk, then CRAWL. But whatever you do KEEP MOVING.”

 

Q: I’m pretty awesome at _____________.

A: Cooking

 

Q: How many stamps do you have in your passport and what stamps do you hope to add in the next 5 years?

A: A: Nine. I plan on visiting Germany and Spain in 2017 and two countries each year moving forward.