“The graduate school journey can come with unique personal difficulties that can derail the process from the first step,” Charleston said. “In my five years as a student of Dr. Reza, I was fortunate to see how he carefully created an atmosphere that facilitated the growth of each student so that they could meet these challenges head-on. Whether academic, financial or emotional, Dr. Reza showed that he was an excellent counselor, teacher, mentor and most importantly He is such a wonderful friend. He has shown the importance of pursuing goals with the highest level of quality and humility. I am grateful that I can be a part of his legacy and the impact he has had on my life.”
Ravi Kiran Pollini, who was Mirzaivar’s doctoral advisor, echoed Charleston’s comments.
“Dr. Reza is one of the kindest professors I have ever met. He is one of the best advisors a graduate student can have in his studies. He always tried to help the student in every possible way. His tireless nature motivated me a lot,” Pollini said. “I enjoyed working under him.” His supervision throughout the three years of my graduate studies. I carry his qualities of hard work and kindness as I move forward with my life.”
A memorial service for Mirzivar was held on 22 October, with many friends and family in attendance. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Nicolas and Rebecca de Champs Professor and Head of Department Azim Iskandarian and Professor Mehdi Ahmadian, who supported them throughout the period of Mirzivar’s illness and assisted in many arrangements for the memorial.
“Reza was a true and accomplished scholar, a genial friend, a kind advisor to his students, and an exemplary citizen of the Middle East department and our university,” said Iskandarian. “He always had a calm, humane demeanor with a strong sense of responsibility, dedication, and commitment to his academic duties. His knowledge was remarkable, his character was exemplary, his kindness boundless. He was a gentle soul and a much-loved colleague and friend. His early death certainly broke the heart and heart of our colleagues. He is sorely missed.”
Ahmadi looks back on the decade he worked with Mirzifar with passion and admiration.
“It has been a pleasure working with Reza since he joined Virginia Tech in 2014. We have collaborated on many projects together,” said Ahmadian. “He was one of the most brilliant, thoughtful, and responsible collaborators I have known. I have always admired his deep scientific knowledge in his field of expertise. Although not an experimentalist, he could always relate his scientific discoveries to the practice of engineering. His care and respect for students was exemplary, and he was certainly a favourite.” graduate students. We will greatly miss his friendship, guidance and professionalism.”
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University.