Science & Design

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Why Science


As a Turkmen girl, I grew up watching my grandmother weave precious Turkmen rugs in her backyard, every summer. Turkmen rugs have well-known structured designs and follow particular geometric patterns. As a young girl, I loved finding those patterns and simplifying them into basic geometrical shapes. I would think in my head “oh, that flower has 3 triangles in it! Why is that? “

For me, Geometry was the first hard-core science I was exposed to because of its relation to art and design. As a result of growing up with Turkmen rugs, clothing and culture, seeing the world as geometrical shapes and colors became second nature to me. Later on, geometry lead into math, statistics, physics, chemistry, and modern physics.

Education


University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dual Major: Chemistry and Studio Arts

Payame Noor University, Iran

  • Completed 3 years of undergraduate degree, Architectural Engineering and Design

Work Experience


Engineering Design Initiative Lab at UVA School of Education, Charlottesville, VA – June 2018 – Present

  • Technical Illustrator and Digital Arts Designer
  • Instructor for Intro to Maker Studio classes

Golara, LLC, Charlottesville, VA – April 2018 – Present

  • Founded a creative agency to conduct STEAM workshops
  • Management Consulting | Art Division
    GOLARA Follows the principals developed by Dutch social psychologist & social innovator; Dr. Ger F. Jonkergouw.
  • STEMart Workshops | K-12 and older
    – Piloted Global Artists Workshops and worked directly with refugee children to ease assimilation
    – Designed and lead a workshop on the art, science, and history of the color purple at the Tom Tom Founders Festival
    – Introduced math puzzles to art classrooms and taught principles of design at Buford middle school
    – Held community workshops at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
    – Hired, trained and co-taught workshops with other educators
  • Poetic Spaces | Experience Design
    Designed spaces based on light and light science. These spaces have to be experienced in small groups and intended to be meditative.

BrightSpec, Inc. Charlottesville, VA – June 2017 – May 2018

  • Product Design Associate and Associate Chemist

Arrived, San Francisco, CA – January 2017 – June 2017

  • User Interface/Experience Designer

The Fralin Museum of Art at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA – August 2014 – May 2017

  • All Departments’ Intern
  • Lead Student Receptionist

Open Bio Labs, Charlottesville, VA  –  September 2016 – February 2017

  • Director of Bio-Art and Architecture Vision

Activities


  • ARTECHOUSE, Washington, DC ; March – May 2018
  • The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Charlottesville, VA ; Feb 2018- present
  • Charlottesville Angel Network (C.A.N), Charlottesville, VA ; June 2017 – June 2018
  • HackCville, Charlottesville, VA ; August 2016 – May 2017

Projects (you can fund me to build you one)


Publications


International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, June 2018

  • “Enantiomeric Excess Measurements Using Microwave Three-Wave Mixing”