After finishing his undergraduate studies in Aerospace engineering, Mahdi started his Masters degree in Aerospace engineering majoring in propulsion and energy producing devices. He was working on techniques for modeling acoustic characteristics of combustion devices. He then started his PhD in mechanical engineering in September 2007 in the field of theoretical and computational combustion in energy producing devices such as stationary gas turbines. His research interest is not only in energy production side, but also in the demand side. He is now focused on predictive models for building energy performance. He is working on evaluation of the performance of building energy modeling tools in the context of large-scale operational buildings.