Shayan (Sean) Taheri, Ph.D. - U.S. Permanent Resident

Software Engineer, Computer Scientist

The United States of America

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Dr. Shayan Taheri is a self-taught Software Engineer, Computer Scientist characterized by his serious approach and attentiveness. He is diligent, motivated, and skilled, showcasing versatility and adeptness in learning and creative thinking. He is also a self-driven individual, constantly striving to hone his craft. His current research encompasses various topics within the great and expansive field of "Computer Science", including Software Engineering, Financial Software, Financial Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Electronic Design Automation, Computer Architecture, and Cybersecurity. His objective is to improve Computing Systems across several software metrics: Functional (i.e., Functionality, Usability, Reliability, and Consistency), Performance (i.e., Efficiency, Responsiveness, Throughput, and Scalability), Maintainability (i.e., Modularity, Reusability, Adaptability, and Testability), Security (i.e., Vulnerability, Integrity, Authentication and Authorization, and Confidentiality), Project Management (i.e., Cost, Timeline, Resource Utilization, and Defect Density), User Satisfaction (i.e., User Feedback, Adoption Rate, Churn Rate, and Net Promoter Score), and Operational (i.e., Availability, Backup and Recovery, and Compliance).

Dr. Taheri has been serving as a Software Consultant at HonestRank LLC (i.e., Industrial Company Number: 2047312, based in Raleigh, NC) since January 2022. His significant contributions to the company include: (1) playing a pivotal role in the research and development of algorithms and the creation of data modeling pipelines for a cutting-edge social media software application aimed at revolutionizing the way businesses are reviewed and rated; (2) consistently contributing to the company’s mission of providing users with reliable and insightful business recommendations; (3) spearheading the development of advanced recommendation algorithms, employing collaborative filtering, natural language processing (NLP), and deep learning techniques to deliver personalized and accurate business suggestions based on user preferences and historical data; (4) designing and implementing a robust data modeling pipeline that efficiently processed large-scale datasets, ensuring the software app’s ability to handle a high volume of user-generated reviews and ratings while maintaining low latency; (5) conducting extensive research on state-of-the-art techniques in sentiment analysis, text classification, and review aggregation to enhance the app’s ability to extract meaningful insights from user-generated content; (6) collaborating closely with the app’s development team to integrate machine learning models seamlessly into the production environment, optimizing performance and scalability; (7) conducting rigorous testing and evaluation of algorithms and models, employing techniques such as cross-validation and A/B testing to ensure their effectiveness and reliability; (8) playing a key role in driving user engagement by developing and implementing innovative features, such as sentiment-based recommendations and personalized review summaries, resulting in a significant increase in user satisfaction and app usage; (9) acting as a mentor to junior machine learning engineers and data analysts, providing guidance on machine learning best practices, algorithm design, and data preprocessing techniques; and (10) staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning by attending conferences, workshops, and online courses to enhance the app’s capabilities.

Dr. Taheri has also served as a member of: (1) the Executive Committee of the IEEE – Erie, Pennsylvania (PA) Section; (2) the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of the IEEE Physical Assurance and Inspection of Electronics (PAINE); (3) IEEE Women in Engineering; (4) the IEEE Young Professionals; (5) the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society; (6) the IEEE Computer Society; (7) the IEEE Industry Applications Society; (8) the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society; (9) the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society; (10) the IEEE Consultants Network; (11) the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT); (12) the IEEE Standards Association Individual; (13) the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Security and Privacy; (14) the IEEE Education Society; (15) the IEEE Biometrics Council; (16) the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation; (17) the IEEE Council on Superconductivity; (18) the IEEE Nanotechnology Council; (19) the IEEE Sensors Council; (20) the IEEE Systems Council; (21) the IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community on Cyber Security; (22) the IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community on Education; (23) the IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community on Multicore; (24) the IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community on Operating Systems; (25) the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Microprocessors and Microcomputers; (26) the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Computer Architecture; (27) the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Microprogramming and Microarchitecture; (28) the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI); (29) the IEEE Digital Privacy Community, (30) the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society; (31) the IEEE Reliability Society; (32) the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society; (33) the IEEE Computer Society Test Technology Technical Community; (34) the ACM Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W); (35) the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH); (36) the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA); (37) the ACM Special Interest Group on Microarchitecture (SIGMICRO); (38) the ACM Emerging Interest Group (EIG) on Reproducibility and Replicability (REP); (39) the IEEE Computer Society Special Tech Community on Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems; (40) the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Parallel Processing; (41) the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Software Engineering; (42) the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Systems Engineering; (43) the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); (44) the Society of Women Engineers (SWE); and (45) the ASEE - Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Division.

Dr. Taheri served as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK) at the Gannon University (GU) under the supervision of Professor Ramakrishnan Sundaram from August 2022 to May 2023, encompassing the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 academic semesters. Before joining the GU and contributing to its Christian Academic Education as well as its "STEM in Christian World" goals, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research (FICS Research) in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida (UF) under the supervision of Professor Mark M. Tehranipoor and Professor Navid Asadi.

He has acquired his Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) under the supervision of Professor Jiann-Shiun (Peter) Yuan and Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the Utah State University (USU) under the supervision of Professor Ryan M. Gerdes. Dr. Shayan (Sean) Taheri is a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States of America due to having advanced degrees and exceptional abilities. He has served as the Chairperson of the Educational Activities Committee (EAC) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Region 2 (which includes the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia along with the city of Washington, District of Columbia), the Faculty Advisor of the GU - IEEE Student Branch, a Professional Member of the IEEE, a Professional Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and a Professional Member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (ΗΚΝ) International Honor Society.

As an individual who is interested in continuous professional development, he has been doing research and teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) since 2009 over the course his Postdoctoral Fellow, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) programs. He consider himself as an extremely hard-working Software and Hardware Engineer with an array of credentials to support this statement. For complementing his diverse skill set, he has developed an excellent understanding of a wide range of high-level programming languages and Hardware Description Languages - HDLs (such as C++, MATLAB, and Python along with Verilog HDL and VHDL) and technical tools (for Application-Specific Integrated Circuit - ASIC and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Design from Synopsys, Cadence, and Xilinx vendors). This skill set has been demonstrated throughout his published research works, course projects, and teaching experiences. During his education, he has strengthened his supplementary proficiency as well such as problem solving, time management, team-oriented, engineering ethics, collaborative and tenacious attitudes, and being able to work in a high-pressure and challenging environment. This has resulted him in achieving professional competency in the major operational and technical areas toward becoming a knowledgeable researcher.