Professor Ashrafi received his BSc and MSc degrees in Electronics Engineering from K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran and MSE and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, USA in 1991, 1995, 2003 and 2006, respectively (all with the highest honor). He served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Alabama in Huntsville from 2006 to 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA where he is also the director of the Signal Processing Research Laboratory. His research interests are digital and statistical signal processing, graph theory and graph signal processing, estimation theory, and brain connectivity mapping.
Professor Ashrafi is the recipient of Outstanding Faculty Award of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, San Diego State University in both 2012 and 2013. He served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part-I: Regular Papers between 2011 and 2014 and received the Best Associate Editor Award in 2013. During his graduate studies, he also received the 2005 Iliana Martin Chittur Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the 2005 National Engineer’s Week Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the College of Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is a member of Phi-Kappa-Phi, Sigma-Xi and Eta-Kappa-Nu honor societies.