Lifetime Achievement in Engineering to be Honored

Design News to present multiple awards at Pacific Design & Manufacturing Event in February 2015

Santa Monica, CA (January 28, 2015) – UBM Canon, the world’s leading advanced design and manufacturing industry resource, and Design News, will be announcing three major engineering awards, on February 10, 2015, in addition to their Golden Mousetrap Awards, a program that celebrates the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing.

Babak Parviz will be honored for Lifetime Achievement, although, at age 40, Parviz still has years of achievement to come. The former professor at the University of Washington came to the world’s attention when, while working for Google, he developed Google Glass, and then the Smart Contact Lens, which can display the wearer’s blood glucose level. He started experimenting with contact lenses as both a display device and a biomedical sensor back when he was still a professor. Parviz surprised many with a move to Amazon last summer, and is in charge of a project that is being kept under wraps at this point. Whatever his new project is, it is likely to be something that will make more people aware of the name Babak Parviz. Parviz is also a keynote speaker at MD&M West, which is co-located with Pacific Design & Manufacturing. He will be speaking about the future of wearable technology.

In addition, Design News will be presenting an award to the Rising Engineering Star, Manish Bhardwaj, a systems application engineer with Texas Instruments. Bhardwaj, 30, has contributed to the development of a software-based frequency response analyzer for power conversion systems and a reference design for motor control systems. He has also been involved in several solar power developments. The Rising Engineering Star award has been presented for the past three years, in partnership with Mouser Electronics.

Another award, Gadget Freak of the Year, will be presented to a group of Colorado State University engineering students, who devised a DDV-IP, a robotic remote-controlled drink delivery vehicle. What started as a school project for Doug Swift, Tyler Reedy, Rob Harvey, and Michael Habel, went beyond the class time, but they continued until it all worked. A video of this device in action can be found here. The team receives a $6,000 prize. Gadget Freak is sponsored by Allied Electronics.

All of these awards will be presented on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, at 5 p.m., in the Platinum 5 Ballroom.

January 28, 2015