2018 Tillman Scholar

Zeeshan Parvez

Marine Corps
University of California - Los Angeles
Ph.D., Materials Chemistry

“I want to increase the survivability of our armed forces deployed in harm’s way.”

Zeeshan has had a strong affinity for military culture, camaraderie, and mission since youth. His time in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets (USNSCC) working with Navy and Marine special operations personnel served as the catalyst that pushed him to enlist in the Marine Corps. He naturally gravitated towards the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Serving as an explosives expert, he led his team in all matters that related to the training and implementation of explosive devices. During his deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he trained host nation forces in explosive offense and defense.

In the Marines, Zeeshan quickly realized the dangers that explosive devices pose to American and allied forces. After separating, he pursued advanced degrees in chemical engineering, energetic chemistry, and business, so he could make a more sizable contribution to the community he served. At UCLA, Zeeshan is furthering his research as a doctoral student in materials chemistry.

His goal is to develop a business that focuses on research, development, and training for military personnel. He hopes to give our armed force members the physical tools including protective equipment they require to increase situational awareness and survivability. His ultimate objective is to disperse knowledge that can supplement force protection protocols and reduce inherent risk associated with proximate explosive exposure.