Parmiss obtained her PhD in Materials Engineering from University of Alberta, Canada. During her PhD studies, she focused on water quality monitoring and developed a portable bacteria sensor unit.
She was introduced to the problems of rural communities regarding drinking water through her involvement with the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), a collaborative research center between Canada and India. During this collaborative research program, Parmiss was tasked to look into the current testing method, find out why these test methods may not be suitable for rural communities both in Canada and India, and come up with an innovative solution.
The proof of concept work she did during her PhD at U of A is the building block of our product, VeloCens™. As the CTO of our company, Parmiss is responsible for leading the research and development of future applications of VeloCens™. Parmiss is in charge of our reuse/recycle program that is designed to lower our products environmental footprint.
When Parmiss was three years old, she became very ill and had to be hospitalized for a week. The doctors suspected food or water that was contaminated with bacteria as the cause. Although she was too young to remember this event, she took her experience and used it as extra motivation to make a real impact on the world.
She co-founded Roshan Water™ Solutions with the goal to prevent people, especially children, from falling ill due to contaminated water and is working on this goal every day.