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Babak Amir Parviz

Babak Parviz
Affiliate Professor
Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195


Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Chemistry and Chemical Biology)
University of Michigan, PhD (Electrical Engineering)
University of Michigan, MS (Physics)
University of Michigan, MS (Electrical Engineering)
Sharif University of Technology, BS (Electrical Engineering)
University of Washington, BA (English Literature)


Babak is a Vice President at Amazon Inc.

He received his graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. From 2000 to 2001 he was with Nanovation Technologies as a designer and product manager for photonic devices. From 2001 to 2003 he was a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University working on self-assembly, biomedical devices (he co-invented the method resulting in the founding of Claros Diagnostics Inc. (acquired by OPKO Health)), and organic devices. He has been an assistant professor (2003-2008), an associate professor (2008-2012), and an affiliate professor (2012-present) in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington. He was with Google from 2010 to 2014 where he was a Google Distinguished Engineer and a Director at Google [x]. He is the creator of Google Glass. He founded, built, and led the Google Glass program from 2010 till 2013. He is also the co-founder of the Smart Contact Lens program at Google. Babak's areas of interest span high-tech with social impact, novel communication and computing paradigms, biotechnology, nano and micro technology, photonics, and engineering at scale. Thousands of articles have been written worldwide reporting on Babak's work.

Select Awards and Recognition

IEEE CAS Society Industrial Pioneer Award (2014)

Best Mobile Product of 2013
Digital Trends for Google Glass

Grand Award: Best of What is New (2013)
Popular Science for Google Glass

Game Changer Award (2013)
From Laptop Mag for Google Glass

Best 13 Tech Products of 2013
ComplexTech for Google Glass

CNN 10 Invention (2013)
For Google Glass

Top 10 Gadget 2013
Los Angeles Times for Google Glass

T3 Innovation of the Year Award (2013)
For Google Glass

World Technology Award Finalist (2013)
Information Technology Hardware

Time Magazine Best Invention of the Year (2012)
For Google Glass

Most Contagious Technology of 2012
Google Glass chosen as the most contagious technology of the year by the Contagious Magazine

Advertising Age Creativity 50
Selected as one of the 50 most creative people of 2012

Selected as a member of the organizing committee of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2010 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (attendee in 2009)

McMorrow Associate Professor of Innovation (2009-2012)

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2009)
Highly Commended Paper Award Winner for the paper
Ehsan Saeedi, Samuel Kim, Babak A. Parviz, "Building flexible circuits with self-assembly", Circuit World, p 25-31, v 34, n 4, 2008

Nokia Foundation Visiting Professor (2008-2009)

Time Magazine Best Invention of the Year (2008)
Work on functional contacts chosen as one of the 50 Best Inventions of the year 2008

Your Health Top 10 Medical Advance of the Year 2008
Work on functional contacts selected as one of the top 10 medical advances of the Year 2008

Emerging Innovator of the Year Award 2008
Univ. of Washington School of Medicine, co-recipient with Tueng Shen Top Invention of 2008
Work on functional contacts featured as one of the Top Inventions of the year 2008

Outstanding Research Advisor Award
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Washington, May 2008

Exhibition at the London Museum of Science (2008)

MIT Technology Review 35 Young Innovator Award (2007)
Selected by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. (TR35)

Spanion Best Student Paper Award (Ehsan Saeedi) of the 3rd annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2007)
Ehsan Saeedi, Samuel Kim, james Etzkorn, Deirdre Meldrum, Babak Parviz, "Automation and yield of micron-scale self-assembly processes", 3rd annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2007), Scottsdale, AZ, Sept 22-25, 2007

Best student paper award (Sam Kim) of the 2nd IEEE NEMS conference (2007)
Samuel S. Kim, Ehsan Saeedi, Deirdre R. Meldrum, and Babak A. Parviz, "Self-Assembled Heterogeneous Integrated Fluorescence Detection System", 2nd Annual IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems (IEEE-NEMS), Bangkok, Thailand, January 16-19, 2007

National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award 2007
Title: "CAREER: Self-Assembly of functional systems within live cells"

Selected as a rising star investigator in genomics by the Genome Technology Magazine 2007
Featured as one of the 30 rising young investigators in genome science and technology

Distinguished Achievement Award
Electrical Engineering Department, University of Michigan, March 2000

First prize, Kharazmi Award
For design of a single-pilot single-engine airplane, February 1991.

Bronze medal, 22nd International Physics Olympiad 1991
Member of the National Physics Olympiad Team.

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