Sajad earned his BSc. and MSc. degree in Iran and he is aiming towards a completion of his PhD from Auckland University of Technology. He has teaching experience as a university lecturer, as well as research assistant from AUT Structural lab. He also has working experience as a structural engineer in the Organization for Development, Renovation and Equipping Schools of Iran (DRES). His research and working experience include self-centering systems, structural dampers, and base isolators, as well as seismic retrofitting.