Soheil Eshghi
PhD Candidate - Electrical and Systems Engineering (University of Pennsylvania)
Graduating in 2015 and on the job market!

About


I am a Fourth-year PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania's Electrical and Systems Engineering Department. I am honoured to be supervised by Professor Saswati Sarkar and Professor Santosh S. Venkatesh .

My thesis is on the optimal control of epidemics in the presence of heterogeneity. I am interested in seeing how a more granular view of the spread of an epidemic can help us to design better policies.

My expertise is in various optimization and modeling methods, but I love solving all sorts of problems!

Education


2011-(2015)
PhD Candidate
University of Pennsylvania
Electrical and Systems Engineering
GPA: 3.84/4

2011-2013
MSc
University of Pennsylvania
Electrical Engineering
GPA: 3.77/4

2006-2010
BSc
Sharif University of Technology
Electrical Engineering
GPA: 17.65/20



Selected Courses


Penn

Optimization: Optimal Control, Dynamic Programming, Convex Optimization , Advanced Algorithms,
Probability: Advanced Probability, Stochastic Processes, Random Process Models, Estimation,
Economics: Game Theory, Dynamic Games & Social Learning, Information Theory,
Networks: Distributed Dynamic Systems, Network Theory, Energy Infrastructure, Green Buildings

Sharif

Maths: Linear Control, Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods, Engineering Maths, Ordinary Differential Equations, Probability,
Signals: Speech Processing, Digital Signal Processing & Lab, Signals & Systems
Coding: C++ Programming, Machine Language & Architecture, Microprocessors
Networks: Wireless Communication, Digital Communication & Lab, Traffic Control,
Energy: Power Systems Analysis, Electrical Machines (I, II, & Lab), Fields and Waves



Teaching


Penn

Completed Penn Center for Teaching and Learning's (CTL) Course in College Teaching, a semester-long program.

Teaching Assistant for Fourier Analysis (ESE325), & Digital Signal Processing (ESE576)
I held recitations, office hours, posed and graded homework & exam problems and projects

Sharif

Teaching Assistant for Computer Structure, Analog Circuits, Digital Logic, and Principles of EE,
Lab Assistant for Microprocessor Lab
I held recitations, supervised lab sessions, posed and graded homework & exam problems and projects



Selected Honors


  • 10/'10 - Offered Research Fellowship for PhD studies by the University of Pennsylvania

  • 10/'09 - Offered Unconditional Acceptance to Sharif University of Technology's MSc program in Electrical Engineering as an exceptional talent

  • 08/'06 - Iranian National Elite Foundation Scholarship

  • 06/'06 - Best combined result in the history of Iran's national university entrance exams:
    Azad Math-Physics: 1st/600k, National Foreign Languages: 1st/250k, National Math-Physics: 15th/400k

Research


Interests:


Optimal Control of Epidemics,
Influence, Learning, and Disagreement in Social Networks,
Management, Pricing, and Scheduling Policies for the Smartgrid

Research Internships:


Summer 2014
NEC Labs America
I devised optimal stochastic grid management policies.

Summer 2009
Iran Telecommunications Research Center
I worked on MIMO and random matrix theory.



Publications:


Journals:

  1. Eshghi, S., Khouzani, M., Sarkar, S., Venkatesh, S., "Optimal Patching in Clustered Epidemics of Malware", Accepted, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Networking, 2014

  2. Eshghi, S., Khouzani, M., Sarkar, S., Shroff, N., Venkatesh, S., "Optimal Energy-Aware DTN Epidemic Routing", Accepted, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2014

Conferences:

  1. Eshghi, S., Patil, Rakesh M.,"Optimal Battery Pricing and Energy Management for Microgrids", submitted to the American Control Conference (ACC), 2015

  2. Khouzani, M., Eshghi, S., Sarkar, S., Venkatesh, S., "Optimal Patching in Clustered Epidemics of Malware", Presented at the IEEE Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA), San Diego, California, February 2012

  3. Khouzani, M., Eshghi, S., Sarkar, S., Shroff, N., Venkatesh, S., "Optimal Energy-Aware Epidemic Routing in DTNs", Presented at the ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, June 2012

Working Papers:

  1. Eshghi, S. , Sarkar, S., Venkatesh, S.S., "Visibility-Aware Contagion of Malware Epidemics", to be submitted to the IEEE Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA), San Diego, California, February 2015

  2. Eshghi, S., Preciado, V., Sarkar, S., Venkatesh, S.S., "Optimal Control of Influence under Consensus Dynamics"

  3. Eshghi, S., Ghosh, A., Sarkar, S. , "Optimal Two-sided Markets in the Smartgrid"



Service

Reviewer for:

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering
IEEE Communication Letters
ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems

Memberships

IEEE, IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Communications Society, Penn Algorithmic Research Club

Consulting


  • Res Novae Partners, Consultant and Partner (2014-)
        We advised the CEO of a Penn Medicine bio-pharma startup on commercialization strategy. We were hired due to our performance in PGCC'14.

  • Penn Graduate Case Competition (Finalist), Team Member (2014)
        We formulated an exit strategy for a Penn Medicine bio-pharma startup, leading to the above.

  • Penn Public Policy Challenge (Semifinalist), Team Member (2013-2014)
        We proposed an analytic app/website solution to connect students to mentors in Philadelphia high schools

  • Penn Graduate Case Competition (Third Place), Team Member (2012)
        We developed an entry strategy for the transdermal delivery of Fluasterone for diabetes.

  • STEP Consulting Engineers, Market Research Intern (Summer 2008)
        I advised the CEO on the market for 4 fields, including pinch analysis, which led to their biggest contract in 5 years.

  • Penn Biotech Group (PBG) & Penn Graduate Consulting Group (PGCC) Member

Skills


Computer Skills:


C/C++, MATLAB (esp. CVX, GPOPS, and PROPT), Simulink, Assembly (x85, x51, PIC),
Python, R, HTML, VHDL, Visual BASIC and PASCAL

MS Suite (Excel, Powerpoint, Word), LATEX, Beamer, Prezi, AutoCAD, GNU (Ubuntu), Windows

**** I am proficient in the skills in bold ****


Language Skills:


English (Fluent- iBT 117, GRE 800-640-4.5, CPE), Persian (Native),
Arabic (Basic), French (Basic)

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