Shahin Namati-Nasab - Math Pre-sessional Section Solving an infinite horizons dynamic optimization problem

Resume; August 2008.

Graduate School: London School of Economics

In July 2008 I graduated from the London School of Economics with a master's degree in economics. I graduated with Merit, the equivlent of honors. The course sought to equip the students, in one year's time, with the tools needed to become competent economists ready to contribute to the analysis of our discipline. Due to the gap between undergraduate and graduate study of econoimics this led to a rigorous and immersive study of economics. In addition to learning advanced economics, LSE taught me true independent study and forced me to revise and improve my approach to learning and organizing difficult material. Most importantly, it pushed me to prove my work ethic through countless hours of self-motivated learning.

The other major benefit from enrolling at LSE was the diverse student body. It is believed to be the most diverse campus in the world and the makeup of my class reflected this reputation. Studying amongst such a international mix provided a superior global understanding and created a special perspective on world issues. Of course, the mix also didn't hurt the friendships and social networks.

Undergraduate Study: UC San Diego

I attended UC San Diego as an undergraduate for four years where I studied economics. The courses were stimulating and challenging and I am happy with my choice of focus. My first year I took general education requirements primarily and it wasn't until my first quarter of second year that I enrolled in two introductory economics classes. Enjoying the material, to a surprising degree, I quickly declared my major and proceeded to take the equivalent of 22 economics courses at UCSD and abroad. The same second year I studied the core classes required by the department. This helped provide a strong base of knowledge for going abroad. At the University of Glasgow (where the father of modern economics Adam Smith taught and wrote a large portion of his Theory of Moral Sentiments)I took four yearlong electives. Studying abroad proved most academically beneficial because I learned to write. Opposite UCSD's typical course structure of lots of short answer exams, all my classes were based solely upon written evaluation. I wrote eight 3000 term papers, listed to the right, by the time I finished. Returning to UCSD for my fourth year I rounded out the necessary courses and electives that allowed me to graduate. I also took a two quarter long senior honors essay seminar for which my courses abroad prepared me well. My professor Vincent Crawford, who is the co-editor of the well-circulated and respected American Economic Review, called my work a 'lucid and intelligent exposition and analysis of a fascinating and difficult topic'. My professor even asked to put my paper on the course website for future students as an example.

The hard work I put into my university studies are reflected by my achievements. I graduated cum laude from UCSD, had a 3.87 major GPA, was awarded department honors with the highest distinction, and was invited to join from Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest undergraduate honors society in America. Admission to the society is based on overall GPA, disciplinary depth and breadth, and other criterial excellence.

I graduated in June 2006, a proud economics major and proud UC San Diego student. I find that as time passes I become more and more fond of my time spent there.

Primary and Secondary Education

I went to Mountain View High School. Before that I went to Graham Middle School and Bubb Elementary School, which were also in my hometown, Mountain View, CA.