Dr. Naini earned a B.S. in Electronics Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, where he graduated first in his class. Professor Naini was awarded a highly prestigious Teaching Fellowship and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and Information Technology from University of Pennsylvania, the renowned Ivy League university and birthplace of the first electronic general-purpose computer in the world.
Dr. Naini has been a Professor, Department Chair, and College Dean at major universities throughout the world, such as University of Pennsylvania, Hawaii, American University in Cairo, Sultan Qaboos, Colorado, Florida, etc. Dr. Naini has been an active researcher, extraordinary teacher, designer of several state-of-the-
Dr. Naini has traveled around 400,000 miles after 9/11, devoting his life to promote world peace and to enhance the understanding and communication among people of all cultures, faiths, and backgrounds. In his programs he talks about the latest discoveries and research in science/technology intertwined with the astounding ancient wisdom and words of Rumi, Hafez, Khayyam, Attar, Ferdowsi, Saadi, and other mystics and poets.
Professor Naini has enthralled audiences world-wide, as a man of love and peace who has dedicated most of his life to be a student of Rumi (the 13th century Sufi mystic who has been the best-selling poet in the U.S. for the past several years and in whose honor UNESCO even named 2007 as the Year of Rumi), and other seers, sages, poet, and mystics. On Rumi’s birthday Dr. Naini was honored as the keynote speaker at the United Nations and spoke about how to achieve world peace and harmony through the teachings of Rumi.
Ambassador Ravan Farhadi, (14 year Afghanistan UN ambassador), one of the most prestigious Rumi scholars and Professor at Berkeley and Sorbonne, stated, “Of all the speakers throughout the world, Dr. Naini is the only one who knows by heart the important parts of Mathnavi and Divane Shams (Rumi’s books of poetry) and spontaneously translates them so beautifully and accurately into English."
Dr. Naini has traveled around 400,000 miles,and has been a keynote or main speaker at over 500 national and international conferences, seminars, workshops, talks, and programs with some of the most distinguished authors, academicians, artists, and Nobel laureates at numerous prestigious universities and cultural centers such as Yale, Princeton, Penn, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, George Washington, CalTech, UCSD, UCSB, USC, Sultan Qaboos University, American University in Cairo, University of Tehran, Niavaran Palace, Lincoln Center, etc.
Dr. Naini was honored as a distinguished keynote speaker at the two-day Florida Summit on Race, Culture & Human Relations in Florida’s capital. (http://www.youtube.com/
On Rumi’s Wedding Night (the night of Rumi’s passing), Professor Naini was honored as the distinguished keynote speaker at James Bridges Theatre at UCLA in a completely sold-out program including the Lian Ensemble. Dr. Naini was an invited speaker at the International Rumi Anniversary Celebration at University of Tehran, along with other international scholars. Dr. Naini was also honored as a special distinguished keynote speaker in honor of the Year of Rumi at an international conference in Antalya and Konya, Turkey. In addition, Dr. Naini was honored as the Special Keynote Speaker at the widely celebrated two-day Rumi Celebration, The Sun of Love, at the Niavaran Palace.
Dr. Naini was honored as a keynote speaker by Turkey's government and the Mevlana International Foundation at the 737th anniversary of the passing of Rumi in Konya, Turkey (the most important event honoring Rumi with around 100,000 people from all over the world traveling to Konya to memorialize him). Dr. Naini was given the title, “Rumi’s Nightingale,”
Dr. Naini has been featured in over 500 newspapers, magazines, websites, and TV and Radio shows world-wide, including PBS (TV special hosted by Emmy award winner Shohreh Aghdashloo) http://www.youtube.com/
Dr. Naini was also honored on Rumi’s birthday to be invited to write an article for a Malaysian magazine which was carried on international flights. In addition, Dr. Naini presented an 18-part TV series on an international network, Mysteries of the Universe and Rumi’s Discoveries, and was featured on the international TV three-part special: Rumi Documentary for The Year Of Rumi (2007 UNESCO). Dr. Naini was also honored for his extraordinary career and dissemination of knowledge, peace, and love by prestigious medical associations. For Norooz, Mrs. Anousheh Ansari (astronaut) and Dr. Naini were selected from among all the Persian-Americans to write a full page article in Iran Times, the oldest and most widely circulated Iranian newspaper (Persian/English)
Professor Naini’s talks, books, and articles have attracted a broad and culturally diverse audience with an array of topics encompassing science, technology, medicine, psychology, mysticism, the mind-body-spirit relation and balance, the magical effect of love on the human life and condition, the life journey and endeavor, literature, interfaith, poetry, etc. Dr. Naini’s electrifying and mesmerizing talks resonate within all who seek love, peace, and knowledge. Many people have commented that Dr. Naini radiates warmth and love and Rumi’s spirit moves in him and they have been “transformed by his talks” and “moved by his generosity of spirit.”
Everyone agrees that in these turbulent times, it is wonderful to see someone who passionately and eloquently speaks and writes about world peace, love, and serenity. Professor Nainiand his books appeal to people from all cultures, religions, backgrounds, and professions, since his approach is new and exciting, and based on an intriguing combination of the latest scientific discoveries and mysticism, but in simple terms that everyone can appreciate and enjoy. According to his audience and readers,
Dr. Naini has a unique ability to explain the most complicated scientific subjects in a very clear and easy to understand manner. He is a master in combining the most beautiful poetry and fables with state of the art topics and concepts. In the past book tours over 50,000 people have attended Dr. Naini’s talks and introduction of his book. It is amazing that information about Dr. Naini’s work has spread like wildfire, without any publicist or advertising up to this point.
Dr. Naini states that Rumi's life and teaching provide a true testimony and proof that people from all different religions, ethnicities, and backgrounds can live together in peace and harmony and that Rumi’s visions, words, and life teach us how to reach inner peace and happiness and finally stop the continual stream of hostility and hatred and achieve true world peace and harmony. Professor Naini states, “Love makes the earthly body soar to the sky, mountains dance, and the whole universe sing a heavenly song of divine unity. Love surpasses all the boundaries of race, nationality, gender, religion, civilization, culture, etc.”
As a result of Dr. Naini’s extraordinary programs, many people from different races, religions, and backgrounds have become closer and more understanding towards each other. For example, on a memorable night in one of Dr. Naini’s programs at United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Hindus, and Sufis all joyfully sat together and laughed and cried together as Professor Naini talked about love and peace and recited some of the most astoundingly beautiful mystical poetry of Rumi and other mystics in the original language, followed immediately by his spontaneous, magnificent English translations.
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