Dr. Pedram Ariel Rostami is a tech entrepreneur and technologist. In 2017, he Capitalized on his 15 years of engineering and consulting experience by lunching P.D.R. V.C., with the main focus on achieving operational excellence and an entirely new level of efficiency. Ariel's diverse experience in energy, metal, and tech industries, combined with seven years of senior engineering leadership and management roles in major consulting firms, has helped pivoting P.D.R. V.C. to achieve a diverse portfolio of successful businesses. As an avid computer programmer, Ariel and his development team, has created a state of art Artificial-Intelligence management tools for achieving operational excellence and efficiency in implementing Transient Agile Management (T.A.M.) concepts.

Early life

An avid swimmer, Ariel was being scouted by the National Swim Team by the age of 10. Ariel recalls those competitive days of practice and schooling. "It was kind of tough to operate on such level of competitiveness while going to school and keeping up my grades. Imagine being a 10-year-old who has to wake up at 4:00 am to get to the team’s morning training session, leave for school right after, head back for evening training after school, and finally get home around 7:00 PM, but still somehow manages to do well in school because it was expected. It was not easy, was never supposed to be, but it was also full of life lessons that I carry to this day. Now in my 30's, I still wake up 4:30 am to go for a run or hit the gym! But the most significant experience that stuck with me was that discipline and dedication pay off; whatever your goal might be, if you are disciplined, you can achieve it".

Ariel's experience of living in numerous states has exposed him to the diversity of American culture and its distinctive micro-economies. He fondly reminisces about his experiences before he established permanent residency in Los Angeles metropolitan, “I am not a big fan of moving, but it helped me to learn about each society even if it was for a brief time, not just on social fronts but also economic and cultural aspects of it as well".


Ariel earned his master's degree in Mineral Exploration at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. In 2013 he obtained his Ph.D. at U.N.R. with his dissertation that focused on the determination of an effective turbulent dispersion coefficient as a function of Reynolds number for a linear equation (Rostami et al., 2013) in which he studied and analyzed C.F.D. dispersion of the contaminate gases in the underground opening. Beyond academic studies, Ariel continues his educational quest by learning and reading about management and leadership, making it a focus in his career.

Industrial Experience

Ariel began his career as an exploration EIT at the Iranian Oil and Gas industries and later worked for a coal mining operation.

While pursuing his master's in the United States, he took on a part-time teaching role. Upon completion of his master’s program, Ariel was hired by Strathmore Minerals to work on Roca Honda Uranium deposit. During his tenure with Strathmore Minerals, he began exploring his entrepreneurial nature by starting his first industrial design company, which focused on car design and stylization of concept sports cars.

In 2010 he received an offer for a doctorate candidate position at the U.N.R. and did his dissertation at the Barrick Gold Strike mine in Nevada. Upon the completion of the doctorate program in 2013, Stantec hired him as a project specialist who quickly pivoted into a project management and later Senior Associate role. Ariel finished his tenure with Stantec in Dec 2019 and joined AWAYN leadership team as an Executive Director of operations. In January 2020 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at AWAYN.

Reflecting on the beginnings of his adventures as an entrepreneur and founding companies, Ariel says, "looking back, yes, we had our struggles and countless challenges, but our companies have grown substantially since, and the journey has only begun." Throughout the last decade, Ariel has expanded his horizons on every personal and professional levels. When questioned about this phase of his life and his hopes for the future, he says, "in the last decade or so I have learned so much about management, leadership and structuring companies and teams to succeed but most importantly never to give up and stay focused. The most fun I have is when we find solutions to problems, and when we find our way to overcome the obstacles."


Ariel has two distinctive hobbies, a passion for flying and a love of programming and coding. He has constructed a half dozen 3D printers and C.N.C. machines of various sizes used to print industrial models, which he considers his main hobby.

Pedram Ariel Rostami

2008-ROSTAMI Motors

In 2008 I Started my first industrial design company, which focused on car design and stylization of concept sports cars

2009-ROSTAMI Motors Press Coverage

I make plenty of sketches and 3D car models, but this time I set out to create a true dream car, for the appearance, I did not hesitate to give an aggressive and arrogant look, couple with a powerful and admiring echo of Stingray!

2017-P.D.R. VC

PDR VC main focus is on creating state of art Artificial-Intelligence tools for achieving operation excellence and efficiency in implementing Transient Agile Management (TAM) concepts and creating a mesh of Agile, Lean, and Kaizen methodologies. We combine various management philosophies and schools of thoughts with deep learning AI, based on client’s organization model and business objectives, to identify broken links, areas of improvement and getting the strategic bird's eye view. Our work encompasses a wide range of topics from fixing company’s structure and management/leadership practices to re-establishing or establish new operating culture.


In 2019 we started AWAYN. At AWAYN, we see traveling as a way to get out of our comfort zone, immerse in other local cultures, and to explore the world! We love adventures that give us the unique local experience rather than the same old tourist destinations, and that’s why we started AWAYN; to share, explore, and travel the world like a local!

“ discipline and dedication pays off; whatever your goal might be, if you are disciplined, you can achieve it ”

Pedram Ariel Rostami