2017 Tillman Scholar

Eiman Behzadi

University of Virginia

“My goal is to develop innovative technologies that empower service members to learn effectively.”

The son of Iranian immigrants to the United States, Eiman always knew he wanted to give back to the country that gave him and his family so much. After earning his Master’s degree in Public Policy at American University, Eiman decided to serve his country by joining the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst. During his time with 3rd Special Forces Group, he learned critical languages such as Arabic and Farsi, and taught culture and language courses to Green Berets. It was in the Special Forces language lab that Eiman discovered his true calling to help Special Operations Forces better equip themselves with the language and cultural expertise they would need for future deployments.

After five years of service, Eiman transitioned out of the Army. He subsequently developed a virtual reality start-up venture to pursue more efficient methods to educate and train Special Forces in the cultures and languages they serve with, relying on his firsthand experience in the Army. He plans to introduce both augmented and virtual reality solutions to mimic combat scenarios where soldiers can practice language and cultural immersion before they deploy.

Eiman is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Virginia to better position his startup venture so he can help train and prepare the Special Operations Forces community for their uniquely challenging missions.