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The people with us define Avantika's education synergy.

Avantika has a diverse mix of faculty members with varied expertise. Even though they represent a range of different ideas, and perspectives they are well aligned and driven by Avantika’s core values.

Disciplinary boundaries do not minimize their approach, as they challenge the existing status quo to address issues for empowering students. Our faculty members serve as student advisors and mentors to offer a mutually beneficial faculty-student experience.

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    Vladimir Kulish

    Sanjay Dhande
    Chancellor and Professor Emeritus
    Former Director-IIT Kanpur

    Padma Shri awardee, Dr. Sanjay Govind Dhande is a notable Indian engineer and educationist. He was the former director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. Dr. Dhande is currently mentoring Avantika University as the Chancellor and Distinguished Faculty Member. Presently, he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. He even served as a part-time member of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Through charters for the Indian Institutes of Science for Education and Research (IISER) at Pune and Kolkata, he is actively assisting the Government of India to craft the vision documentation. Dhande has extensively worked in the field of Computer Aided Design, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling and Reverse Engineering. He was instrumental in developing AUTOLAY, an innovative CAD technology for the Indian Aeronautical Development Agency is currently in use by leading aircraft manufacturers around the world, and even utilized for the construction of light combat aircraft in India. He was also the founder director of PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur - a beneficiary of the protocol signed by the Prime Ministers of India and Japan. Under the aegis of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Dhande has even established the Indian Institute of Saddlery Technology and Export Management (IISTEM) at Banther near Kanpur to develop the traditional technology available in the region.

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    Kirti Trivedi

    Kirti Trivedi
    Professor Emeritus
    Communication Design

    Professor Kirti Trivedi is a veteran academician from the Design fraternity with over three decades of experience. He has a Master of Design (M. Des) from Royal College of Arts, London, and has a Post Graduate Diploma from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Before Avantika, Prof Trivedi was associated with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay for over three decades as a senior faculty member. Here he was instrumental in developing India's first Master's Degree Programme in Visual Communication at Industrial Design Centre (IDC). At present, he is also the Head of the National Design Team for Dandi Salt Satyagraha Memorial project of Government of India, Ministry of Culture, since 2010. He has been a visiting faculty to leading education institutions in Asia like – Nanyang Technical University (NTU), Singapore, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, Xinhua Beijing University, Beijing. Professor Trivedi is a prominent personality from the Indian Design Guild, and his work, write-ups on design and educational projects have been published in a variety of global design magazine and journals, including MODO, Domus, Design Industrial Design, and much more.

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    Vladimir Kulish

    Vladimir Kulish
    Distinguished Professor
    Mechanical Engineering

    Vladimir is an established academician with a focused interest in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Kulish has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas). Before Avantika, Vladimir was associated with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as the regular faculty member for over 17 years. An ardent academician and researcher, Professor Vladimir's primary research interest are in the area of mathematical modeling of energy-informational transport processes and transport phenomena in biological systems. Vladimir has been instrumental in developing a mathematical method (nowadays known as the method of Kulish). It allows solving complex problems in the areas of energy transport processes (e.g., ultra-fast heat transfer, start-up flows in nanochannels) and signal processing (e.g., biological signals such as electroencephalograms, electrocardiograms, and forecasting the behavior of multifractal time series). A celebrated author of six books and more than hundred publications in professional journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings, Vladimir is a holder of several prestigious awards for his scientific achievements.

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    Goncalo Pinto

    Goncalo Pinto
    Professor
    Mathematics

    Goncalo He has about three decades of academic experience in several disciplines of Mathematics and Statistics for undergraduates and postgraduate students. It spans across Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Calculus, Analysis, Differential Equations, Probabilities, Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics. He has a Ph.D. in Mathematics- Algebra from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Before Avantika, Goncalo was with Nazarbayev University as the Teaching Fellow in Mathematics at the Centre for Preparatory Studies. Significantly, he has been instrumental in developing and now under implementation academic programs such as a focused four-year course in Mathematics, and a one year Masters Course in Mathematics. Goncalo has published several books for undergraduate level students in Linear Algebra, Primitives and Integrals, Probabilities. An outcome of great lecturing initiative with Professor T. S. Blyth of St. Andrews University, Scotland, U.K.

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    prasheel-suryawanshi

    Prasheel Suryawanshi
    Professor
    Control Systems

    Prasheel is an ardent academician and a passionate researcher who has been diligently pursuing the objective of igniting and educating young minds for the past 20 years. He holds a Doctorate in Control Systems and was until recently working as Associate Professor at MIT Academy of Engineering, Alandi (D), Pune. His research interests include sliding mode control, uncertainty and disturbance estimation, active disturbance rejection control and observer design. He has authored 4 books, 5 book-chapters, and over 50 research papers in journals and conferences of international repute. He is also the author of a number of monographs, technical reports and white-papers. He is member of a number of professional societies like IEEE, IEEE-CSS, IEEE-IES, ACM, IET, IAENG, SSI, ISOI, INS, IE(I), IETE and ISTE. He is an educator par excellence and the same has been testified by his numerous students and peers alike. He has been bestowed with the prestigious MIT Foundation Day Award 2015 for contribution in academics, research and institution building. The guiding thought of his life is, "DO NOT GO, WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, GO INSTEAD WHERE THERE IS NO PATH AND LEAVE A TRAIL".

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    sanjay-jain

    Sanjay Jain
    Professor
    Industrial Design

    Sanjay is a Civil engineer from IIT Bombay, Class of 1984. Later, he did his Master of Design in Industrial Design at Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay in 1986. In an industrial career spanning about 20 years, he has served Indian industries in senior design positions - starting as Industrial Designer in Uptron India Ltd, Lucknow designing color televisions and electronic appliances for 7 years. He joined Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting since its inception, as Head of Product Design in 1993 and worked for 10 years. He and his design team helped Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting build design and innovation as its core business strengths and differentiators. Sanjay is a Motorola trained Green Belt of Six Sigma Quality Mission, Wipro. He joined MIT Institute of Design, Pune as Founder Director - Academics and helped build the institute as one of the most sought-after design institutes in India in last decade. He contributed to building various academic collaborations with prominent design institutes from Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and UK. Sanjay strongly believes that 'learning' and 'creating' should be intense joy for everyone involved in it.

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    Rakesh Dube

    Rakesh Dube
    Professor
    Mathematics

    Rakesh has a Ph.D. from the Central University of Allahabad, UP, India in Steady and Unsteady Hydro Dynamical Flows and Heat Transfer Problems. He is a thorough academician with over 20 years of experience and has held senior positions in the Department of Mathematics across renowned educational institutions from India. Before Avantika, he was the Professor and Head, Department of Applied Science and Humanities with ITS Engineering College Greater Noida, Dr. A P J Technical University, UP, India. Beyond this, he has also had international teaching experience with BITS Pilani at their Dubai Campus, and at Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Rakesh has published several research papers and conference papers. He has also co-authored curriculum books on Mathematics for Engineering students.

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    Heinz Scheifinger

    Heinz Scheifinger
    Associate Professor
    Sociology

    Heinz Scheifinger holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Warwick, UK, and has served academia in a number of countries around the world. He held postdoctoral positions in the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Later, he was a regular faculty member in the Department of Sociology-Anthropology at the University of Brunei Darussalam, the Department of General Studies at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, and the Department of Sociology at Keimyung University, South Korea. Also, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Singapore Internet Research Centre, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. Heinz’s research focus has largely been on the relationship between Hinduism and digital media. For example, he has considered the nature and implications of online darshan and online puja and looked at how Hindus in the diaspora have utilized the Internet to connect with Hinduism in India. More widely, he is interested in how the intersection of Hinduism and digital media is contributing both to the shaping of, and perceptions of, Hinduism. To this end, in addition to online fieldwork, he has carried out ‘traditional’ fieldwork in various Indian states. His work on Hinduism and digital media has been published in several international academic journals and a number of edited volumes. His broader academic interests are diverse yet intersect, and this orientation reflects Avantika’s interdisciplinary ethos. These interests include the sociology of religion, globalization, new technology and society, social media use, diasporas/transnationalism, classical and contemporary social theory, qualitative research methods, online research methods, and the sociology of the body.

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    Daniele Pantano

    Daniele Pantano
    Associate Professor
    English

    Daniele is an award-winning poet, literary translator, artist, editor, critic, scholar, academic, and teacher. Daniele has taught at the University of South Florida, served as the Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Florida Southern College, and directed the Creative Writing program at Edge Hill University, England, where he was Reader/Professor Extraordinarius in Poetry and Literary Translation. He has also lectured extensively on creative writing, poetics, literary translation, aesthetics, translingual, film, and contemporary world literature at numerous institutions and universities around the world. Before Avantika, Daniele served as the Director of International Relations at VanessaPlace Inc., a trans-national corporation whose sole mission is to design and manufacture objects to meet the poetic needs of the human heart, face, and form. A celebrated author, he has published twenty books of poetry and translations and holds degrees in philosophy, literature, and creative writing. His work has been published in numerous magazines, journals, newspapers, and anthologies worldwide. It including New European Writing, The Baltimore Review, The Cortland Review, Conjunctions, Gradiva: International Journal of Italian Poetry, Italian Americana, Jacket, The Mailer Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Versal, Verse Daily, The Wolf, and 32 Poems Magazine. Daniele's poetry has even been translated into several languages, including German, Albanian, Bulgarian, Kurdish, and Farsi.

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    Angela Willcocks

    Angela Willcocks
    Associate Professor
    Arts, Design and
    Engineering

    Angela is an Educator, Designer, and Artist. With a successful work experience of over 20 years that spans across academics and professional world. Angela has a Masters in Financial Arts (MFA) from University of California, Irvine in Arts Computation and Engineering (ACE), and MFA from Georgia State University, Atlanta in Drawing and Painting. Angela has successfully taught at many Universities and Colleges throughout the United States, including University of Redlands, Long Beach State University, California, Georgia State University, Emory University, and Spelman College, GA. At present, Angela runs an 'Open Shop Front Studio North Long Beach - Social Practice Art. Her artwork has been exhibited both internationally and nationally as a Digital Media Artist, sculptor, and painter. Angela recently completed an NEA public art grant - www.blotnbyte.com in Pasadena, CA (2016) as we 2 ALOT NEA Initiatives, Long Beach. Angela has participated in many conferences and performed works such as Precocious Puberty at UCLA, Los Angeles.

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    John Glynn

    John Glynn
    Associate Professor
    Psychology

    John is a young academician with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the UK. An ardent researcher and writer, John has been recognized by the Von Mises Institute, Austria, and even claimed top honor in their annual academic essay competition. John's research interests lie in the area of media communications, the psychology of social media, including the proliferation of fake news outlets and the impact of such outlets on the masses. He has focused on better techniques for expressing, analyzing, and combating such fake news outlets. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of communications, particular researchers with interest in the social media psychology. Additionally, John has even served on a handful of conference and workshop program committees when not engaged in academic endeavors.

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    Nilesh Kumar Rai

    Nilesh Kumar Rai
    Assistant Professor
    Physics

    Nilesh is a young academician with a Ph.D. in Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy from the Central University of Allahabad, India. Before Avantika, he was the visiting faculty at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal, India. Nilesh was a postdoctoral fellow at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, India, and Central University of Allahabad, India. Additionally, he was the Guest Lecturer at the Central University of Allahabad, India. With a deeper interest in academic research, his interest lies in experimental atomic and molecular physics using spectroscopic techniques. He has an extensive technical, and innovative expertise in various atomic and molecular spectroscopic techniques comprises as Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Photoacoustic spectroscopy, Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy and Transient Absorption Spectroscopy.

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    Ajit Kumar Sharma

    Ajit Kumar Sharma
    Assistant Professor
    Chemistry

    Ajit a Ph.D. from Allahabad University, Allahabad in Chemistry: Polymer nanocomposite material. Before Avantika, he was a Post Doctorate Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Ulsan, South Korea. He has also been with associated with Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur as the Project Scientist for a variety of different projects. He has over five patents registered under his name in India and South Korea as co-inventor. He has co-authored variety of publications in the field of Nanocomposite material and green chemistry for environmental and energy applications. For his significant research work, he has been associated with Ministry of Forest and Environment, New Delhi as the Junior and Senior Research Fellow. His academic and research competencies lie in Innovative Green Technology, Photocatalytic materials, Composite material for Li Battery, Wastewaters Treatment, Gas Purification, Organic Pollutant Removal and Recovery, Water splitting and Hydrogen production (artificial photosynthesis), Additive for warm mix asphalt (WMA) production.

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    Muthupandian Cheralathan

    Muthupandian Cheralathan
    Assistant Professor
    Electrical and
    Electonics Engineering

    Muthupandian is a passionate researcher with a Masters in Engineering (ME) on Power Systems from Annamalai University, India. His research interests include characterization and modeling of advanced electron devices, in particular, nanoscale multiple-gate MOSFETs and organic thin film transistors and carbon-based devices. Muthipandian even has an MS in Electronics with a Ph.D., from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain. His doctoral research mainly focused on the development of compact models for multi-gate MOSFETs using advanced transport models. Muthupandian was even a visiting researcher with Institut de Microélectronique, Electromagnétisme et Photonique (IMEP-LAHC) and DOLPHIN Integration, Grenoble, France. As part of his post-doctoral research with Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain, he was working on modeling of Organic thin-film transistors. As the research associate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, he was involved in implementing compact models in the i-MOS developing team. Muthupandian was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasil, working on modeling of 1D nanostructures for analog electronics. He has even authored or co-authored more than 20 technical papers.

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    Ambar Bajpai

    Ambar Bajpai
    Assistant Professor
    Electrical Engineering

    Ambar is an experienced academician with an M Eng in Communication Systems from BITS, Pilani, India. Bajpai has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. His areas of interests include iterative channel coding, visible light communication, 5G’s, and wireless sensor networks, all applicable into the domain of wireless communications. Before Avantika, he has been associated with the Northcap ( formerly ITM University) in India in the academic capacity as the assistant professor. During his Ph.D., he was bestowed with several opportunities to work for teaching assistantship across a variety of subjects related to communication systems in International School of Engineering (ISE) and Graduate school for web administrative work.During his academic journey, Bajpai also received various scholarships mainly prestigious graduate school scholarship, 90th-year Research Scholarship, and Overseas Academic Presentation Scholarship during his Ph.D. Before this, he received Govt. of India, GATE scholarship for his master’s degree in India. His work has been published in several International journals and conferences, and he visited many countries in Asia and Europe for scholarly presentation.

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    Mathew James Song

    Mathew James Song
    Adjunct Professor
    Architecture

    James has been involved in design education and the pursuit of design knowledge for the past two decades. Served as the faculty member, James has taught art, design, interior design and architecture at universities. He has even worked at major corporations and award winning design firms. He endeavors to motivate students to develop their creative abilities as innovative design thinkers to author that which will surround us in the future. His research pursuits include material relationships, natural systems and environments, theoretical concepts and evolutionary design principles. The research strives to develop better-built environments that exist in mutual symbiosis with their surroundings. He has a background in art and architecture with an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a graduate degree in Architecture from the University of Manitoba.

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    Mohd. Sazzad Hossain

    Mohd. Sazzad Hossain
    Adjunct Professor
    Architecture

    Mohammad Sazzad Hossain is an experienced academician with more than seven years of teaching expertise across leading global institutions and over 14 years of professional experience. Hossain has as Masters in World heritage from University of Torino, Italy with full scholarships, along with Masters in Diagnosis and Repair of Buildings with specialization in Conservation of Cultural Heritage from University of Seville, Spain and UNIRC, Italy with Erasmus Mundus scholarships. Before Avantika, Hossain was serving as the Associate Professor and Coordinator at the Department of Architecture, Southeast University, Bangladesh. Professor Hossain has a diverse teaching exposure with University of Padua, Italy. Hossain has been instrumental in conducting a variety of professional development training and workshops at difference universities in Bangladesh. He is conferred with Ice Today-Aqua Paint Interior Design Award from Institute of Architects, Bangladesh (IAB) in 2007. He is actively involved in different Projects of UNESCO and ICOMOS. He is also an elected information coordinator of the South Asian chapter, Erasmus Mundus Association. He participated in several international conferences, seminar and events and his research based articles are published in many reputed journals and books.

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    Dhimant Panchal
    Adjunct Professor
    Product Design

    Dhimant a senior and expert faculty member with over 25 years of experience. He has worked in diverse capacities at premier institutions, namely the National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, School of Interior Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Gandhinagar, Indus Valley school of Art and Architecture ( Pakistan ) and MIT Institute of Design. Prof Dhimant Panchal is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad in Industrial Design stream (Product Design discipline). He has to his credit several patents and registrations for the design of hand tools, Solsons Exim, and is a recipient of UNDP Fellowship. His focus and interest spans across Product Design, Exhibition Design and Corporate Identity Program. With an expertise in developing design pedagogy in areas of Industrial design and Fashion and Lifestyle Accessory design, he has crafted academic design programs, which includes Design Foundation Programmes, courses at Basic design level as well as at advance levels. He has extensive professional experience as a Design Consultant, where he rendered his services to industries ranging from Home appliances, Eyewear and Jewelry, Bio-medical engineering, CNC automation, and tooling as well as Memento and Trophy design for various renowned organizations.

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    Ranjana-Dani

    Ranjana Dani
    Adjunct Professor
    Graphic Design

    Ranjana is an experienced academician, teaching Graphic Design, Visualization, Advertising and Marketing Theory and Branding and Innovative Strategy through innovative concepts and methods regarding content and application. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the area of Colour in Brand Design from Visual Arts Department of the University of Pune. As the Senior Faculty Member, she has been with Maharashtra Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Institute of Design (ID) as the HOD for Graphic Design for more than seven years. Ranjana was the faculty member with Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, for teaching Graphic Design, Visualization, Media Planning and Theory of Advertising and Marketing. She has also coordinated, supervised, assessed government level exams conducted by the Directorate of Art, Mumbai. She was empanelled as an Expert Member of the Board of Studies by Bharati Vidyapeeth and D.Y. Patil College of Applied Arts (Both affiliated to University of Pune), and appointed by University of Pune (CAP) as Chairperson of examinations for all Advertising theory subjects for their degree courses. Ranjana is also a professional artist endeavoring to develop artistic skills and a distinctive style. Her works of art are in the collection of Collectors and Galleries in India and abroad.

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    Tina Louise Richardson

    Tina Louise Richardson
    Adjunct Faculty
    English

    Tina is an experienced university educator with a Master of Arts (MA) in English from University of Oregon. Tina is currently pursuing a research project on investigating how women's organizations transform civil society through their use of media. Before Avantika, Tina has had a diverse teaching experience in both American and British educational systems and across the United States and the United Arab Emirates. She was the Lecturer in the Media and Communications Programme at Middlesex University in Dubai for their undergraduate and graduate programs. Moreover, she was a regular faculty member at the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah. Beyond academics, Tina has also worked in Public Relations, Advertising, and Journalism verticals, along with music and retail industries. Tina has also been an active volunteer for the women’s rights organizations, environmental groups, and children’s advocacy. Also, as a consultant, she has been associated with government and educational institutions, non-profits and private industries, particularly in the development of social responsibility campaigns, with a vibrant focus on strategic planning and development, campaign development and integration, and media relations.

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    kuntal-de

    Kuntal De
    Adjunct Faculty
    Product Design

    Kuntal is a National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad alumnus with a diverse experience in both industry and academics. His interest lies in Education for Sustainable Development, Systems studies and development, Space-Structure and form, Communication Technology, Science and Liberal Arts, Environmental concerns. As a specialist in Product Design, he has been associated with DC(H), NCPDDP, NIVH, and Taj Khazana. With a deeper interest in handicraft sector, he has even developed the Bamboo and Cane Development Institute, Agartala, and Srinagar Craft Development Institute. Further, he has been significantly involved in UNDP Fibre and Handicraft Impact Assessment and Evaluation as well as “Handmade in India: Handicrafts of India.” He is also a regular faculty member at Dhirubhai Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar, engaged in developing and operationalizing the Master in Design (M Des) program in Multimedia. Kuntal is an Assistant Professor, Incharge H.O.D. FOR PreDesign at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute of Design (ID). Kuntal has been actively associated in a range of areas, from livelihood and youth forum facilitation to design for sustainable development. He had been a part of the shelter redesigning team; assigned to develop sustainable shelter for the aborigines (Onges) of Andamans after the tsunami. Kunal is conferred with Coronation Badge of His Highness from the King of Bhutan, 2014. He is also an Honorary Fellowship of Global Exchange in Leadership Initiatives (GEILI), 2012.

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    Debayan-Dhar

    Debayan Dhar
    Adjunct Faculty
    Human Computer
    Interaction Design

    Debayan has a Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in Human-Computer Interaction Design. He has an Institute Doctoral Fellowship and Institute Postgraduate Fellowship from IIT Guwahati. He was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship and conducted a part of his doctoral thesis at the University of Texas at Austin. Debayan is an Assistant Professor for the User Experience Design discipline at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute of Design (ID). Debayan is an ardent researcher with interests into human-computer interaction (HCI), instructional design, computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW), ubiquitous computing and social psychology. The emphasis of his research is on Human Centered studies using a firm Psychological Science and ergonomics platform with explorations in application design. His research investigated how design elements fosters test performance at multiple levels of analysis, including (a) how the design of interacting components of a computer-based test GUI interacts with the cultural dimensions to shape the test outcome of the students, and (b) how individual differences at various levels of computer anxiety and computer attitude is influenced by the GUI design elements in a computer-based test format. The outcome of this research has immediate applications in On-line Examination Format Design, Educational Technology and Instructional Design. He has worked on the National Program for Technology Enhanced Learning as a project to design and develop virtual learning environments for students outside the IIT system. Further, he was also involved in the design of various commercial web applications, social networking platforms and usability evaluation and redesign of various logistic web application systems.

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    Chaitanya Kachare
    Adjunct Faculty
    Transportation Design

    Chaitanya is a passionate academician with a diverse experience in Manufacturing, Automation and CAD service industries. Chaitanya is an alumnus of College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) with Masters in Technology (M Tech) in Manufacturing Engineering and Automation. As an active faculty member of Industrial Design at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute of Design (ID), he is responsible for managing cognitive courses with Design projects focused on transportation and mobility. Chaitanya has been associated as the faculty with the Mechanical Engineering Department of MIT, Pune. As a UGC approved faculty in the Workshop Department (Under Mechanical Engineering Department), he was involved in conducting various courses for mechanical and production engineering. In the Design Center of Dana Inc., he worked on design projects of vehicle lower frames and structures (underbody components and assemblies) for various programs of GM, Ford, Toyota, and VW. He was instrumental in setting up and functioning of rapid prototyping facility and delivered turnkey projects right from design to prototyping to various clients like Tata Visteon, Taco, Apollo Tyres, IIT Powai, Sancheti Hospital, ARAI, Bill-care. As the Design Engineer at Force Motors Ltd, he was a team member of Production Engineering Department (Engine Section) and supporting activities essential for design, development, manufacture and assembly of engines for various LMV and HMV projects.

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    Sugandha-Gaur

    Sugandha Gaur
    Adjunct Faculty
    Graphic Design

    Sugandha is a creativity enthusiast with a design and aesthetic experience. She has a Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) in Applied Art from College of Art, Delhi. An active academician and professional, she was associated as the Creative Mentor and an Assistant Professor in Miami Ad School, Mumbai, and College of Art, Delhi, respectively. Sugandha has worked as an Art Director for leading global brands at TBWA, Gurgaon. Sugandha is an Assistant Professor for Graphic Design at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute of Design (ID). Sugandha was the recipient of Junior Research Fellowship award by University Grants Commission, and a Silver Pencil Nomination award by D&AD for being a Tutor on a project done by students at Miami Ad School, Mumbai. Moreover, has recently submitted her Ph.D. thesis in Media Arts at the University of Delhi and look forward to enhancing her students’ understanding of exceptional advertising communication and design concepts.

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    Aroop-Dwivedi

    Aroop Dwivedi
    Adjunct Faculty
    Animation Design

    Aroop is a Graduate of Kanpur University and has expertise in Classical Animation and Pre-production. He has over 13 years of experience in the Indian Animation Industry, with a focused six years in imparting education in animation to the upcoming and talented young people from India. Aroop studied Animation Film Making from Heart Entertainment Limited, a studio launched with the sole purpose of servicing the 2D animation requirements of Hollywood. He has trained animation students for Raj Comics, Delhi; SCMS Group of Education, Cochin; Fergusson College, Pune and PES College of Engineering, Bangalore. He has also been involved in creating the syllabus and contents for the UG level Animation Programs that are offered at Jaipur National University and Karnataka State Open University. He was a part of the core team for Dataquest Entertainment Ltd during their start-up days.

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    Aarati Prakash Khare

    Aarati Prakash Khare
    Adjunct Faculty
    Interaction and
    Instruction Design

    Aarati is an ardent academician, she has over two decades of experience teaching elements and principles of Design. Aarati is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Interaction and Instruction Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She has a Master of Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. She also a profound industry experience with leading companies like LINTAS. Her approach to teaching focuses on an overall development of students by solving their design problems in an unconventional, innovative and creative way.

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    Rajeev Prakash Khare

    Rajeev Prakash Khare
    Adjunct Faculty
    Visual Communication and
    Industrial Design

    With a strong industry experience, Rajeev is a digital language and typography professional. He is trained by renowned calligrapher and father of digital Indian typography - Prof R.K. Joshi and Mr. Gopal Bhai Modi.He has a Master of Design in Visual Communication and Industrial Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Before Avantika, he was the Art Director with Delhi Press based in New Delhi, India. Rajeev is also an expert member of the Ministry of Information Technology of Government of India towards project review and steering group for development.

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    Ashwin Srisailam

    Ashwin Srisailam
    Adjunct Faculty
    Life Design

    A humanitarian and public speaker, Ashwin has about two decades of experience of learning, teaching and inspiring others on the art of living through inner growth. As a monk, he has traveled the world inspiring and teaching more than 50,000 people in 35 countries. He is passionately obsessed with the desire to raise human standards by encouraging the best of humanity through technology and synergy. His journey of learning and teaching has been focused on how people evolve as we take the attention away from the self (ME) to the other (WE). Ashwin is the Co-founder and CEO of world's first network of inspiration and ideas – Ahhaa, Inc an organization that is engaged in developing Virtual Reality led Inner Growth solutions.

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    Diane Bacchus-Quddus

    Diane Bacchus-Quddus
    Adjunct Faculty
    Life Design

    Diane is an innovator and a visionary marketer. She is an entrepreneur at heart and a speaker. Diane is on a personal development journey since past couple of years. As the Co-founder and President of Ahhaa, Inc Products her passion lies in bringing inspiration and kindness for future learners to enable them experience the transformative mind growth journey. In this process, she has worked and studied with the best of minds in the world, including Anthony Robbins and Monks from the Dharamsala. Before this, she was extensively associated with the Financial Services vertical, across Merrill Lynch, American Express and AIG, leading a successful corporate career. Diane holds a B.A. in Political Science/Sociology from the City University of New York.

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    Sanyukta

    Sanyukta Kashalkar- Karve
    Academic Associate
    (Adjunct)
    Music

    Sanyukta is an ardent researcher and academician. She is a post-graduate in Indian Music from the University of Allahabad. Sanyukta is currently pursuing her Ph. D. from SNDT Women's University, where she was a visiting faculty member. With an academic background in Music, she even qualified for the Junior Research Fellowship program from University Grants Commission (UGC). Interestingly, one of her papers based on Guru Shishya Parampara has been included in two courses of Indian Music (Hindustani Vocal and Kathak) by CET Academic Programs at University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA. Sanyukta likes to pursue a variety of other interests in the fields of Theatre, History, Interior Design and Mass Media, to name a few. Moreover, has been an active participant in various dramas, thematic shows on All India Radio and Doordarshan.

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    Yashna Jhamb
    Academic Associate
    Product Design

    Yashna has a Master of Design (M. Des) from MIT Institute of Design (ID), Pune. As a design professional, her focus includes Product Design, Industrial Design, and Interaction Design. At Avantika, Yashna has been instrumental in developing the program curriculum for the UnderGraduate and PostGraduate programs, under the guidance of senior educationists. Yashna is of the firm belief that Design in today’s generation must be of sustainable nature. Moreover, it should be user-centered and innovative which can thrive in the ever-changing world. Before Avantika, she was associated with Beautyraga as the Designer based in Delhi.

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