Jamal Mamkhezri is a third year Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He has two MA degrees in Economics from UNM and Allameh Tabatabai University (Tehran, Iran). His research interest mainly lies in the field of environmental and natural resource economics with a specific focus on energy (fossil fuel and renewable) and its consequences in terms of the number of jobs created/lost, economic impact, climate change, and water use. He is also interested in development and health economics.
Currently, Jamal is a research assistant for New Mexico’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant and working on part of a larger system dynamics model for New Mexico’s energy sector that incorporates economics, engineering, and hydrology. As a part of the EPSCoR funding, he is conducting a survey to study preferences of New Mexico residents for rooftop solar and smart meters this semester (Spring 2017).
Prior to coming to UNM, Jamal became national champion twice in mixed martial arts (kickboxing and full-contact) in Iran. He loves working out, outdoors, animals (the wilder the better), and nature. Since Fall 2016, he is training mixed martial arts at UNM. He has big dreams and is working day and night to achieve them. He has many mottos in life, one, in particular, is “the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory”."