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Dr. Safa Motesharrei is a Systems Scientist at SESYNC, and a PhD candidate in Physics (Econophysics) at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park. He has bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics, master's degrees in Physics and Mathematics, and PhD in Applied Mathematics/Public Policy from UMD. The focus of his work is on integration of the Human System and Population into the Earth System Models. He works with a cross-disciplinary team of renowned scientists including Eugenia Kalnay (Atmospheric Science), James Yorke (Mathematics), Matthias Ruth (Public Policy), Victor Yakovenko (Econophysics), Klaus Hubacek (Geography/Economics), Jelena Srebric (Engineering/Energy Sustainability), Robert Cahalan (Climate and Space Physics), and Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm (Hydrology/Water Sustainability).
Dr. Motesharrei's graduate studies were supported by doctoral fellowships from the School of Public Policy and the Department of Mathematics at UMD. In summer 2013, he was named the inaugural recipient of the Lev Gandin Fellowship, awarded by Dr. Genia Brin.