We’re excited to welcome you to the CoLab team, Shahin! Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Paris, have lived on 3 different continents, and have been to more than 40 countries. I enjoy world exploration. After my bachelor’s degree, I decided to take a 6-month trip across Asia where I got my scuba license, rode some scooters, saw beautiful sights, and experienced new cultures. Along the way I’ve made a lot of new friends and memories that I‘ll cherish forever. Most importantly, it has shaped my perspective on the human condition and the world we live in.
PS: I just became a dad, so I’ve become somewhat of an expert at Dad Jokes:
Why don’t eggs tell jokes?
Because they’d crack each other up!
(Am I doing it right?)
How did you first get into engineering?
From my earliest memories, I’ve always been curious about how and why things work. Long before obtaining my engineering degree, it was already ingrained in me to value curiosity and to have passion for discovering MORE about the world around me—always pushing to make things better and more efficient. The first career I wanted to pursue was an astronaut, so that led me to aerospace engineering. Since then I’ve worked on projects that have gone to space but, unfortunately, I haven’t escaped gravity... yet…
Why did you join CoLab and what are you most excited about?
About a year ago I met someone from CoLab and realized its potential, as it seemed to resolve a lot of issues I was facing as an engineer. When the opportunity presented itself to join the team I had to dive in!
I’m most excited about enabling our customers to shape our futures. Working for a growing company with an amazing culture offers endless possibilities. It’ll allow me to put the theory learned through my MBA into practice, to help grow and shape a successful and sustainable business.
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
I know it says food is taken care of, but specifically I’d need Nutella—and lots of it!
And a telescope... a deserted island would make for some fantastic views of the night sky.