Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has been recognized as one of the top 10 pioneers of changing the world through the IoT (Internet of Things) by Connected World magazine for 2017. In past, Connected World has celebrated leading business leaders such as Glenn Lurie (AT&T), Eric Babolat (Babolat), and Elon Musk(Tesla) to name a few but this is the first year they have recognized the oustanding achievements of educators.
Building something new is rarely an easy task, but Dr. Khoshnevis is taking a universal approach to construction with the hopes of building a better world—literally. Dr. Khoshnevis serves as a professor of engineering at the University of Southern California, and he is also the founder and CEO of Contour Crafting, which specializes in large-scale 3D printing technology for the robotic construction of buildings and other large structures.
At Contour Crafting, Dr. Khoshnevis is developing solutions that sound like the stuff of science fiction films. He and his team are creating products that will allow for more efficient planetary and terrestrial construction for human outposts. The building solutions have been lauded by NASA and could be revolutionary as space stations continue to explore space and attempt to colonize this new frontier.
While Dr. Khoshnevis’ ideas reach far beyond Earth’s stratosphere, they originate back on his home planet. Contour Crafting delivers applications that address homelessness in countries around the globe. The goal is to provide better, faster building solutions in order to help the millions of people who have lost their homes due to natural disasters, or who have been displaced from wars or other ongoing conflicts.
In addition, Dr. Khoshnevis’ research has led him toward other innovations in 3D printing, biomedical, oil and gas, renewable energy, fabrication, and robotics. He is further exploring the role robotics will play in construction management, in addition to an idea called “telefacturing.” Telefacturing is based on the remote operation of manufacturing operations using IoT technology.
Dr. Khoshnevis’ desire to help those in need comes from a personal place. He was greatly impacted by the life and death of his father, and he believes the events that play out in peoples’ lives not only shape who they are, but also have far-reaching impacts. Dr. Khoshnevis believes human triumphs and failures teach important lessons about reality, and he hopes his contributions drive new discovery and bring something worthwhile to the world.