Mr. Pirouzbakht graduated from Tehran Azad University with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mining engineering and a minor in exploration in 2005 and 2007. During his graduate studies, he earned the distinguished student award and scholarship from Tehran Azad University. After graduating from his Master’s, Mani was employed in Aalikav Zagros Mining Engineering Company and obtained experience in various aspects of exploration. He developed his interests in well logging and hydrocarbon exploration and decided to enroll in Rice's PSM Subsurface Geoscience track to continue his education in petroleum geology and pursue a career in the oil and gas industry. After graduation, he secured a full-time position with Agile Seismic.