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April 21, 2017

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Cyrus Khazaei


Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m a civil engineer with a degree from the University of Alberta who has a passion for Python and “big data” world. I am also very much numerically oriented with years of experience in algorithm development. I would like to be considered as a candidate for Junior Python Developer position as I know that I have all the passion you may be looking for. Following is a summary of why I think my credentials match so well with your requirements: 1) I liked coding so much that during my BSc years, I audited courses in C++, data structures and Assembly language for my own interest. All my graduate dissertations were also heavily numerical and related to coding (they’re all peer-reviewed and published in journals). 2) My new interest is data analysis. After graduation, I started taking courses (and am actually taking them at the moment) on Udemy and Coursera on machine learning, Python and data sciences and I found this field very fascinating. I have so far educated myself with common things such as data cleaning, regression techniques, multi-level models, (un)supervised learning, train test, k-means clustering, decision tress, T-tests, ensemble learning, k-fold cross validation, detecting outliers, recommender systems etc. At the end of my CV, a small portfolio is attached from my visualisations in Python. 3) I love to be involved in diverse projects including those that require travelling and am happy and willing to relocate to Ontario at my own expense almost right away. 4) However, if I am not your best candidate, I am also interested in doing internships. I am eligible for government funded programs via Mitacs.

Finally, I am actively looking for a way to enter the world of Python and hopefully data sciences and thus this is the job that I will very much love and appreciate. I will contribute to the growth of the company and I will grow with it. I would like to thank you in advance for considering my application and I would very much like an opportunity to talk to you in person and discuss my candidacy further. Yours sincerely

Cyrus Khazaei


Cyrus Khazaei, EIT


Edmonton, Alberta

Tel: 780-***-****


Highlights of Skills

Advanced skills in coding, numerical modeling, visualization and secondary research

10+ years engineering research and problem solving experience polished through the completion of a Master’s thesis, PhD dissertation and employment as a research assistant

Self-motivated, fast learner, good listener and a team player who welcomes the ideas of other people but can also work independently

Proven ability to coordinate and prepare projects ensuring they are completed in a timely, efficient, and accurate manner

Strong analytical, detail-oriented, and organizational, with excellent verbal/written communication skills in working with diverse populations

10 years of experience in scientific writing, translating and editing journal papers Education

Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering (University of Alberta, Canada) 2009-2016 Focus: Microseismic response of rock masses for assessment of caprock integrity M.Sc., Geotechnical Engineering (Tarbiat Moalem University of Tehran, Iran) 2006- 2009 Focus: Thermo-mechanical constitutive modeling of saturated clays B.Sc., Civil Engineering (Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, Iran) 2002- 2006 Related Academic Courses (B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D)

Computer Programming, Fortran (B.Sc)

Engineering Statistics and Probability (B.Sc)

Engineering Hydrology (B.Sc)

Principles of Traffic Engineering (B.Sc)

Transportation Engineering (B.Sc)

Systems Engineering (B.Sc)

Quantitative Surveying, Cost Analysis and Project with Lab (B.Sc)

Engineering Economics (B.Sc)

Higher Engineering Mathematics (M.Sc)

Geology and Terrain Analysis (Ph.D)

Engineering Ethics and Integrity (Ph.D)

Related Independent Courses

C++ (audited during B.Sc)

Data Structures (audited during B.Sc)

Assembly Language (audited during B.Sc)

Fundamentals of Geostatistics Short Course

Introduction to Data Science in Python, Coursera

Applied Plotting, Charting & Data Representation in Python, Coursera

Data Science and Machine Learning with Python -

Hands On!, Udemy

Related Work Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Geotechnical Engineering Dept., University of Alberta 2009-2016

Demonstrated excellent independent research skills to achieve goals

Excelled at critical thinking and time management skills to meet deadlines

Analyzed 70+ laboratory test results searching for a predictive model

Developed an innovative solution to assess caprock integrity using field recordings 2

Conducted caprock integrity analysis for Weyburn carbon capture and storage project

Published 4 peer reviewed journal papers and wrote 15+ internal progress reports (see Appendix for the list of publications)

Intern at Itasca Consulting Group, Toronto Aug-Oct 2013

Developed and implemented an algorithm for capturing seismic data from a discrete element model

Developed and implemented an algorithm for replicating stratigraphy in FLAC3D from the reservoir model

Part-time Freelance Translator and Editor 2006-2016

Communicated effectively with 10+ authors to meet their needs

Translated and edited 30+ English journal papers

Proved efficiency in handling the work on time

Technical Skills

Engineering Softwares: FLAC3D, PFC3D, GeoStudio, Phase2, geoSCOUT, gINT, AutoCAD, ArcGIS

Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

Computer Programming: Python, C++

Languages: English (fluent), Farsi (fluent), French (beginner) Additional Training and Certifications

FLAC3D, Itasca Consulting Group Inc., Toronto Sept, 2013

Reservoir geomechanics online course, Stanford University June, 2014

Fundamentals of geostatistics short course, University of Alberta, Edmonton June, 2016

Work Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certified May, 2016 Community Involvement

Newcomers’ Representative, Iranian Association of University of Alberta (ISAUA) Mar 2014-Oct 2016

Demonstrated excellent team work skills to assist Iranian newcomer students in Edmonton

Developed an online framework to register and keep records of the newcomers and volunteers

Communicated effectively with 90+ newcomer students to Edmonton to identify their needs

Coordinated volunteers to assist newcomers in needed tasks such as airport pickup, temporary accommodation and mentorship

Safewalk Patroller, University of Alberta Jan 2015-Apr 2016

Box Office Volunteer, Fringe Theatre Adventures Aug 2015-16

Casino Volunteer, Steadward Centre at University of Alberta July 20, 2015 Other Information

Permanent Resident. Willing to travel and or relocate as required

Class 5 driver’s license


Appendix: Selected Publications (Those related to algorithm development are marked green) Books (co-authored):

1. Hamidi, A., Khazaei, C. (2008), "Flat Dilatometer test in Geotechnical Engineering", Sabzan Pub., Tehran, 136 p (book in Farsi).

Journal papers:

2. Khazaei, C., & Chalaturnyk, R. (2016). “A Large Scale One-Way Coupled Reservoir-Geomechanical Model to Study the Likelihood of Tensile and Shear Failure in the Caprock of Weyburn Reservoir for CO2-EOR Period.” Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. (Accepted upon revisions) 3. Khazaei, C., Hazzard, J., Chalaturnyk, R. (2016). “A Discrete Element Model to Link the Microseismic Energies Recorded in Caprock to Geomechanics”. Acta Geotechnica. DOI: 10.1007/s11440-016-0489-x. 4. Khazaei, C., Hazzard, J., & Chalaturnyk, R. (2015). “Discrete Element Modeling of Stick-Slip Instability and Induced Microseismicity”. Pure and Applied Geophysics, DOI: 10.1007/s00024-015-1036-7 5. Khazaei, C., Hazzard, J., & Chalaturnyk, R. (2015). “Damage quantification of intact rocks using acoustic emission energies recorded during uniaxial compression test and discrete element modeling”. Computers and Geotechnics, 67, 94-102. DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2015.02.012 6. Hamidi, A., Tourchi, S., & Khazaei, C. (2014). “Thermomechanical Constitutive Model for Saturated Clays Based on Critical State Theory”. International Journal of Geomechanics, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE) GM.1943- 5622.0000402.

7. Hamidi, A., Khazaei, C. (2012), "Studying the effects of temperature change on properties of clayey soils", Jadeh Journal, No. 72, pp. 203-213 (In Farsi).

8. Hamidi, A., Khazaei, C. (2010), "A thermo-mechanical constitutive model for saturated clays", International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 445-459. Conference papers:

9. Khazaei, C., Hazzard, J., & Chalaturnyk, R. (2015). “A hybrid FLAC3D-PFC3D model to study the microseismic response of caprock”, 13th International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM) Congress, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10-13 May.

10. Hamidi, A., Khazaei, C., Tourchi, S. (2013), “A review on techniques for disposing radioactive waste”, 8th National Congress on Engineering Geology and Environmental Geology, Mashhad, Iran 6-7 November. (In Farsi)

11. Hamidi, A., Khazaei, C. (2009), "Thermo-mechanical constitutive modeling of overconsolidated saturated clays", 17th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE), doi:10.3233/978-1-60750-031-5-409

Poster presentations:

12. Khazaei, C., R.J. Chalaturnyk (2012), “Damage Quantification Based on Acoustic Emission Activities and Energy Concept”, Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative Science Forum, September 10, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany.

13. Khazaei, C., R.J. Chalaturnyk (2011), "Hybrid modeling of injection-induced microseismicity in CO2 storage reservoirs", 1st Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative Science Forum, September 29, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 4

Sample portfolio from my recent courses

These are two visualization projects for which a large dataset was provided and thus I did the data cleaning and made sure the five Cairo’s principles namely beauty, truthfulness, functionality, insightfulness and enlightening were honored. The second one is actually an interactive plot where the user can set the horizontal bar location using the mouse and the colors would update based on the percentage covered below the bar (i.e. blue and red represent fully under and fully above the bar). Such charts are helpful in decision making. This was inspired by:

“Ferreira, N., Fisher, D., & Konig, A. C. (2014, April). Sample-oriented task-driven visualizations: allowing users to make better, more confident decisions. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 571-580). ACM.”

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