Fereshteh Ebrahimi PhD ’82 of Gainesville, Fla., died January 29, 2011. Fereshteh was born in 1951 in Tehran, Iran, and graduated summa cum laude from Arya-Mehr University of Tehran. She came to the United States in 1979 during the Islamic revolution with the goal of pursuing a graduate degree. At the time she received her PhD in metallurgical and materials engineering, she was one of the first women ever to receive a PhD from Mines. Following graduation, she joined the National Bureau of Standards. In 1984, she became an assistant professor at the University of Florida in the Materials Science and Engineering Department. She remained there for the rest of her career, ultimately becoming the associate chair of that department. An early pioneer in the research of nanoparticles, Fereshteh was widely recognized as an inspiring and challenging professor, and gained deep respect and admiration from both her students and her colleagues. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Schachter; daughter, Sara; brothers, Farrokh, Farhad and Firuseh; and her stepchildren Kaira, Nora-Leah and Seneca Schachter.
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