December 18, 1999 - May 10, 2021
Sahar Sable Ferdowsi
Born December 18, 1999, Sahar soared through life with passion undaunted. Sahar grew up in Shoreview, Minnesota, but shared an empathetic love for family worldwide, as she was exceptionally close with her family in Iran and the U.S. Sahar was also no stranger to making friends, and while attending Emmet D. Williams Elementary School cultivated numerous friendships she has continued long past 6th grade. It’s at E.D.W. where her joy of music flourished. She started playing piano, then violin, and finally fell in love with the viola. She played the instrument into college, summiting with a performance at Carnegie Hall her freshman year at Iowa State University.
Before this crescendo, Sahar graduated from Roseville Area High School in 2018. It’s here where Sahar managed to dive into a headspin-worthy amount of interests: art, design, soccer, ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, longboarding—the list goes on.
Her passions were diverse: one moment she’d DIY design a pair of Vans skate shoes with a favorite hip-hop artist painted on the side, and the next she’d design an award-winning airplane landing gear for her group’s school project.
A tireless companion to her pets, Sahar always ensured time was made for them. Her dog Polar and cat Ellio, who she adopted in college from a shelter, would run to greet her as she walked into the room. She treated them with superhuman compassion.
But above all, it’s in the halls of Roseville Area High School where her steadfast dedication to science and space became crystalized.
Tireless nights she’d work at the dining room table, tussling with calculus equations and expounding thermodynamic theory. When asked why a life in this field was for her, she’d answer: “So I can actually help this place.”
With this goal she graduated from high school and began college at Iowa State University in 2018. A few months after freshman orientation she became involved with Aerospace Engineering, and was appointed the department club’s president later that spring. While rocket science was daily, air planes are where her true colors flew. She took pilot ground school and by junior year, Sahar was flying weekly. She later joined Engineers Without Borders and most recently, Boeing’s ‘Make To Innovate’ (M:2:I) engineering innovation club and aviation incubator.
When Sahar would come home for weekends or holiday breaks, the first topic of conversation was always how her flights were and what she planned to do next in school. Conversations would then divulge into what her and companies like Boeing and NASA were talking about over correspondence. Nights would end with watching interstellar movies like Hidden Figures and First Man. While films like these and scientists like Carl Sagan inspired Sahar, no one and nothing inspired her pursuit of flight more than her dad and mom.
After years of training and setbacks, Sahar was two weeks away from earning her solo flying license. She planned on taking a flight home from Iowa to Minnesota in celebration.
Sahar was spontaneous. She was constantly searching for another adventure. She pursued travel as if it were a hobby, making several trips to Iran to visit family, a summer trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua with her high school Spanish class, for she was fluent in the language. She used all of these experiences daily, and kept a worldly perspective on issues at hand. Sahar was a relentless advocate for women’s rights, in addition to an outspoken international education activist and clean energy revolutionary.
This summer she was looking forward to an engineering internship at Eaton Corporation in Oklahoma (hoping to get some horseback riding in while she was there). Throughout her journey she was determined to inspire other women scientists, and help make the world not only a habitable place, but a welcoming one. In 2022 she would have graduated from Iowa State with dreams of becoming a Mechanical Engineer with a concentration in green aerospace.
The thing about Sahar was that she fit no mold. Brilliant with dry wit, she’d masterfully maneuver through each and all situations she encountered with awe-inspiring grace. Empathy was ingrained in every decision Sahar would make.
Though the symphony of Sahar’s inspirational life has quieted, the brilliant blaze of her splendor lives on through all of us. Sahar won’t go quietly into the night.
We love you, Sahar. Always.
If you were unable to attend in-person, please click here for the recording of Sahar's Celebration of Life.
Celebration of Life
Friday, May 21, 2021
Visitation 1 hour prior
Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church
5025 Knox Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419