Faramarz Farahi

Dr. Faramarz Farahi, PV Fabric | Charlotte, NC

Born in a small town called Sabzevar in Iran, Dr. Faramarz Farahi has been in academia his entire professional life, and feels grateful that he is surrounded by young people who have a passion for curiosity, discovery and innovation. With a graduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, a Ph.D. degree in Physics with an emphasis on Fiber Optics, Dr. Farahi spends valuable time in laboratories, making observations and discoveries that eventually led him to an invention that he hopes will have far-reaching potential.

His PV Fabric invention is an alternative energy source that utilizes solar energy. He hopes this discovery will provide a means to bring energy to remote or disaster-stricken areas with little to no access to reliable energy. By generating alternative electrical energy, dependency on fossil fuels will thus decrease, allowing for a positive impact on the environment and bringing a solution to an increasingly eco-conscious world.

Dr. Farahi credits a natural curiosity as the driving force behind his innovative ideas, and suggests that everyone is a natural inventor, whether they realize it or not. Dr. Farahi holds over nine US/International patents, has over 20 years of experience in the field of Optics, and currently serves as Professor of Physics and Optical Science at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Outside of his work in Physics, Dr. Farahi enjoys spending time with his family, playing chess and reading.

“Curiosity is a natural desire to know the truth. In that search [for truth], being rational is important, but it is not enough. It is important that we courageously ask questions about ourselves and our world. Using reasoning to solve old problems is valuable, but we should also look for problems that haven’t yet been identified. So I hope my experience shows the viewers that asking the unasked questions is not only fun, it is uplifting. It is the start of a process that leads to an invention that will hopefully make a difference in people’s lives.”