Mahdi Soltan Mohammadi

PhD Student

Office: GS 749

Interests: Compilers, sparse computation parallelization and optimization, program verification.



I grow up in Zanjan, a mid-size city located in north west of Iran. My home town has a four season weather with cold and snowy Winters (my favorite!); nice, cool, and rainy Springs; pretty, chill, and rainy Falls; and hot, and dry Summers! In that climate, you get to see nature go through different states of weather and vegetation changes, never a dull moment! I did my Undergraduate in Information Technology at IASBS, a local university at my hometown. After that, I went to University of Yazd to earn my masters in Computer Networks. Yazd is one of the oldest cities in Iran, located in the central part of my home country. Now, Yazd is a desertic city with hot and dry climate, pretty big change in terms of weather compare to my hometown. Immediately after finishing my Masters, I applied to PhD programs some in Europe and 9 in the USA. Interesting fact, University of Arizona was not among the 9 US universities that I originally applied for PhD programs! The thing is that, I was contacting professors directly in universities that I was applying into to improve my chance of getting admission. One of these professors was Dr. Michelle Strout at Colorado State University. After some interviews she gave an offer to become a Research Assistant in her group. Nonetheless, the funny thing is that, at the time, she was in process of moving from Colorado State University to University of Arizona. And, that is how I ended up in University of Arizona for my PhD studies!

​​​​​Research Interests

Compilers; Programming Languages; Parallel Programming; GPU Programming; Distributed Computing;

What long-term project do you want to work on?

Main goal of my research is to develop compiler techniques that would facilitate high performance programming, an integral part of fundamental research in any field these days, for anyone especially domain scientists whom usually are not expert programmers. I would like to continue this line of research in the future.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Collaboration with other researchers.

What are your career goals?

At the moment, earning my PhD by May 2020! However, I have not exactly figured out what I want to happen after that yet!

​​​​Tell us something interesting about yourself!

I love mountaineering, and have experience climbing number of highest peaks in my home country Iran. I have summited highest peak in Iran, namely Mt. Damavand, twice. Mt. Damavand has an elevation of 18400 feet, and is very interesting to summit for several reasons. Among those reasons is the fact that, it is a volcanic mountain. Being highest volcanic summit in Asia, Damavand is one of the Volcanic Seven Summits. I hope in near future, I could summit Mt. Denali in Alaska, which is highest peak in north America!