Hatef is a Master's student in atmospheric sciences and an MBA student. He also holds a BS in electrical engineering. In addition to being a full-time student, he works as a research assistant at the Desert Research Institute.
He has over eight years of work experience in industry and academia, as both a researcher and manager. As an undergraduate, he was the Chairman of the Students’ Scientific Association of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was also the Executive Manager of two Technical Communication Conferences. He is now a member of IEEE Industrial Applications Society, an active member of UNR’s student chapter, and has served volunteered with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).