I was born in Tehran, Iran and received my BSc and MSc from Sharif University of Technology and my PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am currently an Associate Professor of Transportation Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of New South Wales (UNSW) and am affiliated with the Institute for Choice at the University of South Australia. Previously, I collaborated with the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral researcher. I am a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Traveler Behavior and Values (ADB10). I was bestowed the Fred Burggraf Award from Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies in 2008. I was a Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow in 2008. I also received an American Society of Civil Engineers Freeman Fellowship in 2009. In 2012, I was twice recognized by the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, with NSERC PDF Award and the Industrial RAND Fellowship. During my tenure at UNSW, I was awarded the Early Career Research Grant from the Faculty of Engineering in 2014 and 2016. in 2016, I received an ARC DECRA and an ARC Linkage grant.