Parviz Famouri received his B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Kentucky State University in 1981. He then began his studies at the University of Kentucky, where he received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees all in Electrical Engineering. He joined WVU in 1990 where he is now a Full Professor and the Director of Electro-mechanical Systems Laboratory at the Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering.
He and his students are the authors of over 100 technical research papers. He has served as Principal Investigator for NSF, DoD, DoE, and NASA. He was elected as WVU Faculty Senate Chair in 2006-2007 academic year where he led more than 2,500 faculty members. He is a member and was the President of Morgantown, North Rotary Club.
His primary interest and expertise are in electric machines, power electronics and nanotechnology. He worked for Emerson Motor Company, St. Louis as an Engineering Scientist in 1994. In 1992, he founded and currently serves as the Director of the Electro-Mechanical Systems (EMS) Laboratory where many innovative products have been created and developed.