Meet Sepehr Bastami, an aerospace research engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Bastami conducts cutting-edge aeronautics research, serving on two projects related to sustainable aviation and human contributions to safety in aviation.

Prior to joining NASA, Bastami earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied under Zoltan Nagy and Kerry Kinney.

“Drs. Kinney and Nagy are phenomenal mentors. Their mentorship styles are unique and impactful. They build close personal relationships with their students and maintain open channels of communication. I first learned about the Whole Communities—Whole Health research grand challenge in 2018 when Dr. Nagy invited me to be a part of the team, which is where I also met Dr. Kinney. Dr. Nagy has been one of the most influential mentors I’ve ever had, and his mentorship has been a critical factor in my success.” Bastami said.

Bastami credits his time working with the Whole Communities—Whole Health research grand challenge with helping him land his job at NASA.

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