Arash Rezaei graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering in 2010. After graduation he began working in the manufacturing industry, for RuggedCom. This Canadian company designs and builds industrial grade electrical routers and switches to operate reliably in harsh environments. The focus of his role as part of the Lean Process team was to streamline production processes through implementation of Lean principles. After the company was acquired by Siemens about 2 years ago, Arash moved to the New Product Introduction team, where he focused on ensuring smooth transition of products from the design phase to high volume manufacturing. Earlier in 2014, Arash took on a new role as a Supply Chain Analyst with Canadian Tire.
Arash was nominated to receive a certificate of recognition for his volunteer work with PEO York Chapter, and he was honoured with this award at the Fall 2013 York Chapter Certificate Presentation Ceremony. The York Chapter Awards & Recognition Director recently caught up with Arash to learn a little more about him and his volunteer efforts.
York Chapter (YC): What motivated you to volunteer with PEO York Chapter?
Arash Rezaei (AR): I've had the pleasure of getting to know Paymon Sani, the Education Director at PEO York Chapter, as his company was a supplier to my company and after a short time, the business relationship turned into a friendship. Paymon was kind enough to let me know a lot about the activities the Education Committee takes part in to promote the profession and help educate future engineers, about what engineering is all about - both of which were interesting and motivating reasons for me to want to be part of the team.
YC: How long have you been volunteering with PEO York Chapter, and for which events / programs / committees have you offered your time?
AR: It has been almost two years since I started volunteering with PEO York Chapter. I joined the brainstorming meetings for the 2013 Design Challenge, which started as monthly meetings, but soon turned into bi-weekly, and weekly meetings to finalize concepts, build and test prototypes, and fabricate the final apparatus for the challenge. As we got closer to the competition day, the meetings even turned into multiple times a week and the team of engineers led by Paymon contributed a lot of their time and efforts to plan and deliver the project on time. But at the end it was all worth it, as we realized our efforts matter when we saw the joy and engagement in the eyes of students who were competing against other teams during the Design Challenge we had worked so much to put together. After the Design Challenge 2013, I kept working with the team and we held the 2013 Mathletics competition and at the same time we are working on the next Design Challenge - so stay tuned!
YC: What do you like most about volunteering?
AR: To me, volunteering is the best way to give back to the community. I remember how inspired I became about engineering, when I used to hear stories about engineering from my father when I was a kid, and those stories made a difference in my life. I hope we can do the same for the next generation of engineers, by promoting engineering to young students and hopefully inspiring them to become engineers one day.
YC: What are some of your other hobbies?
AR: I have been playing competitive table tennis since I was 9 years old and although I've had to put it on hold for a few years from time to time, it still is my favorite sport. In the past 5-6 years I have been a member of the biggest club in Ontario, and maybe even in Canada, which is the Canadian Chinese Table Tennis Association, and I try to enjoy the game whenever I can.
Arash continues to lend his talents to York Chapter; most recently he has participated in the 2014 Design Challenge and he looks forward to participating in upcoming Education Committee activities, including the 2014 Mathletics competition and preparations for the 2015 Design Challenge. Thank you for your continued contributions Arash!