M. Mahdi Assefzadeh received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2011. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Rice University. Mr. Assefzadeh was the recipient of the Texas Instruments Distinguished Fellowship in 2012 and the Michael and Katherine Birck Fellowship at Purdue University in 2011. He was also the Gold medal winner of the National Physics Competition in 2006 and the Gold Medal winner of the 38th International Physics Olympiad in 2007.