Zeeshan Parvez (he/him) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UCLA focusing on materials chemistry. As a Tillman Scholar and an active member of the veteran’s community – both internally and externally to UCLA – he strongly advocates for veterans’ rights, representation, and support.
He served in the United States Marine Corps with the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) as a critical skills operator, now known as the “Marine Raiders.” He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), with a mission focus on unconventional warfare and foreign internal defense. Through these experiences, Zeeshan found a sense of purpose to pursue higher education with a focus on providing new technology and training to increase the survivability of our military forces.
His current research focuses on organometallic materials and next-generation armor for military and law enforcement applications. He holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering, a master’s in energetic chemistry, a master’s in business administration; and was awarded the Joint Service Achievement, and Navy Achievement Medal while serving in the Marine Corps.