Statement Of Purpose

Becoming a winner is what everyone wants, but most of the people forget the important part, “Where is it you want to be?”

For me, the answer is to become an industrial engineer with a specialty in energy storage systems, additive manufacturing, and their applications. It took me a great amount of time, thought, and consultation to find this answer. In order to explain my response in detail, I have to start from a few years back.

My name is Maryam Mottaghi. With respect to my perseverance, enthusiasm and talent in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics, I chose engineering at the University of Tehran (UT), the oldest and most prestigious university in my country, as my major because of its richness in aforementioned topics. It wasn’t until later on that I understood the real value of engineering and how this field can change the course of mankind’s life. For now, I am completely satisfied with my choice and think of it as my best decision in life.

During the first few semesters of B.Sc., the courses which imbibed me the most were those which involved electrochemistry, so I chose to focus more on this topic. On this route, I started to work on the project “Electrodeposition of Ni-Graphene on Cu base,” as a research job in the corrosion Laboratory of Professor Saremi Working alongside several graduate students in such a project, gave me a taste of research environments and requirements.

This research project and B.Sc. courses, steered my enthusiasm more towards engineering and its applications. Thus, I participated in the nationwide university entrance exam for graduate studies to continue my education and ranked 21st student among nearly thousands of students. I started my M.Sc. in engineering at the University of Tehran again. In the several projects I conducted, I found out that I need to get involved in projects with fabrication and measurement, and further on, in every single step of a project, from the definition of the measurement. As a result, taking into consideration the fabrication limitations in my country, I started to work on 3D printing of Li-ion batteries as my M.Sc. thesis under the supervision of Professor Seyed Farshid Kashani-Bozorg and Professor Farzad Khodabakhshi. In this thesis, the improvement of density power and energy density by 3D printing of anode was conducted. Therefore, a new structure with a solution for the crucial problem of the efficiency of batteries has been introduced. The project contained five main phases, including preparation of available and sufficient materials, designing an anode electrode using SolidWorks software, 3D-printing of the anode electrode, obtaining electrochemical results, and simulating the whole experimental section using COMSOL software. This resulted in the intensification of my interest in my studies. If I want to state specifically, my research interest includes energy storage, additive manufacturing, and simulation.

I was active in other areas like "designing", "simulating" and also "programming" during my master and I learned "SolidWorks", "COMSOL", "ANSYS" and also some programming languages like "MATLAB" and "Python", through self-study. I have a great experience with materials experimental characterization of different methods like XRD. I have had several pieces of training on X-ray diffraction techniques, and I was an expert operator for that.

Before graduating with my master’s degree, a Center of Technology Intelligence, which is located at Sharif University of Technology, offered me a position as a research assistant. There, we seek out cutting-edge technologies and our main job is innovating new products and services for industries and we have conducted many impressive projects for industries.

With respect to all the mentioned points, becoming an expert in my research area as an industrial engineer will help me achieve my ultimate goal in life. It is well worth mentioning that an engineer’s job always includes novelty. Becoming an engineer will give me the chance to confront new scientific challenges on a daily basis. In addition, walking on the edge of science will fulfill my passion for solving mankind’s problems and give me the opportunity to improve the quality of life. These features of an engineer’s job and my experience and interest in conducting research make this job my ultimate professional goal in life.

Currently, I am pursuing my Ph.D. at the Western University in the FAST lab at ECE department under supervision of Dr. J.M.Pearce working on 3D- printing for solar energy. I am reviewing the research papers in this field and you can find the literature reviews in 3D printing of batteries literature review, Silicon based batteries:FAST literature review, and Lignin-based energy storage devices literature review.

Background[edit | edit source]

Education & Qualifications[edit | edit source]

Ph.D. Engineering |Western University| 2022-2026

  • 3D printing of storage devices for solar energy
  • Under supervision of Dr. Joshua M. Pearce in FAST lab

M.Sc. Engineering |University of Tehran| 2017–2020[edit | edit source]

  • Total GPA: 16.58/20
  • Final year Dissertation:
  • 3D Printing of Lithium-Ion Battery with Carbon additives
  • Under supervision of Prof. Seyed Farshid Kashani-Bozorg and Prof. Farzad khodabakhshi

B.Sc. Engineering |University of Tehran| 2013–2017[edit | edit source]

  • Last Two years GPA: 15.94/20
  • Total GPA: 15.26/20
  • Final year Dissertation: ·
  • Electrodeposition of Ni-Graphene on Copper
  • Under supervision of Prof. Saremi

Work Experience[edit | edit source]

Research Assistant| IMIDRO-Sharif Centre for Technology Intelligence| 2019- Present[edit | edit source]

  • Seeking modern technology through co-op with universities
  • Research
  • Feasibility Study
  • Writing Reports


  • Feasibility Study of DRI powder
  • Surveying Urban mining
  • Surveying disruptive technologies (Artificial intelligence, 3D printing, Internet of things)
  • Surveying Futurism of electric vehicles
  • Surveying the global futurism reports
  • Surveying Blockchain, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality
  • Surveying long-term road-maps for new products, technologies, and energy consumption

Manufacturing Engineer| Rasta-group company| Part-time[edit | edit source]

  • Design (CAD-SolidWorks)
  • Simulation (COMSOL)

Research Interests[edit | edit source]

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Energy storage
  • Batteries
  • Free Open Source Hardware (FOSH)

Publications[edit | edit source]

2021- Hydrogen storage behavior of Mg/Ni layered composite materials produced by accumulative fold-forging[edit | edit source]

  • F. Khodabakhshi, O. Ekrt, M. Abdi, A.P. Gerlich, M. Mottaghi, J. Čapek, R. Ebrahimi, M. Nosko.
  • International Journal of Hydrogen Energy journal (Published)

2022- Yield and Toxin Analysis of Leaf Protein Concentrate from Common North American Coniferous Trees

  • Maryam Mottaghi; Theresa K. Meyer; Ross John Tieman; David Denkenberger; and Joshua M. Pearce
  • Biomass (Published)

2023- AC/off-grid photovoltaic powered open-source ball mill

  • Mottaghi, Maryam; Rahman, Md. Motakabbir; Kulkarni, Apoorv; Pearce, Joshua M.*
  • HardwareX (Published)

2023- Open Source Scientific Bottle Roller

  • Mottaghi, Maryam; Bai, Yuntian; Kulkarni, Apoorv; Pearce, Joshua M.
  • HardwareX (Published)

2024- A Review of 3-D Printing Batteries

Teaching Experiences[edit | edit source]

Teacher Assistant| University of Tehran[edit | edit source]

  • Additive manufacturing and 3D printing methods course
  • Teaching COMSOL simulation
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