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Testimonial of Hamidreza

Alumnus of the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master

Updated on May 10, 2021
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Hamidreza Pourzarei specifically chose the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master at Grenoble INP - Génie industriel to learn Industrial Engineering from a Sustainable perspective. Hamidreza currently lives in Montréal, Canada, where he is a doctoral student, researcher. The subject of his research project is to use engineering change management (ECM) practices as a basis for accurate BIM (Building Information Modeling) and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) comparison.

Hamidreza Please, introduce yourself?
My name is Hamidreza Pourzarei and I come from Iran (I was born and raised amongst people who tell stories weaved on carpets).

What is your current profession? 
Currently, I live in Montréal (Canada) and I am a doctoral student, researcher at École de technologie supérieure. The subject of my research project is to use engineering change management (ECM) practices as a basis for accurate BIM (Building Information Modeling) and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) comparison. I also recently awarded the best doctoral proposal (https://lartic.etsmtl.ca/index.php/en/news/item/44-plm20-best-doctoral-proposal-award).
In parallel, I am a Student Ambassador at École de technologie supérieure.

Could you explain your job responsibilities?
As a Ph.D. student, I am working theoretically on my project to update the project with the latest research studies. On the other hand, I am working with some industrial partners to evaluate and analyze the contributions of my research project.  
As a Student Ambassador, I am collaborating with the Student Service Office to help the new students.

What is your professional background?
I was working as a graduate researcher and project engineer.

What was your background before entering the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master?
I had a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering as well as a degree in planning and control the project.

Why did you choose specifically the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master and how did you hear about it?
One of the main ideas to apply for SIE was that I wanted to learn Industrial Engineering from a Sustainable perspective, which I think I got what I was looking for! I found this master from the Studyportals.com.

In your opinion, what are the main strengths of the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master program?
In my opinion, the first strength point of this master is the great people that are responsible. Like Prof. Di Mascolo, Prof. Tollenaere, and the admission staff, which they help me a lot. On the other hand, most of the courses in this master are selected precisely and they are project-based. So, they allow students to learn both theoretical and practical sides.

What was the most challenging course or project you had at Génie industriel?
I should say that there was a course: Information System Management. I learned a lot in this course and it helped me to find a path for my future. Because it gave me an idea of the concept of Product Lifecycle Management, which I am working in this domain in my Ph.D.

How did this Master prepare you for your career?
From the beginning, I wanted to continue my study at the Ph.D. level and this master helped me to do a research internship. The internship was between the G-SCOP laboratory in Grenoble, France and a laboratory in Polytechnique Montréal. This master opened the doors for me to reach the future that I was looking for.

What do you think about the way of life in Grenoble and its area?
A beautiful city and nothing else. I should also say I would always remember Grenoble as a home.

Do you have an anecdote to tell about your experience of studying here?
Hmm, the most challenging part for me was the first semester! Because I arrived in December and the semester had started in September! I worked hard and I could pass that period. However, after passing the first semester, the SIE responsible told me that I had to get a good GPA in the second semester otherwise I should do the first year again. It was a frustrating period, but I was so determined to reach my goal that I worked even more and I got the result that I was looking for.

What advice would you give to a student from your country who would like to come and study here?
Determine your goal, learn French, and be positive about the future. I would say also if you want something, go for it and you will have it.

Hamidreza Pourzarei was graduated in 2017.
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Date of update May 10, 2021

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