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    Dhimant Panchal

    Dhimant Panchal
    Professor Emeritus and
    Pro-Chancellor

    Dhimant is a senior and proven designer with over 35 years of experience in academics, industry, and consulting. He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and graduated in 1980, with Industrial Design stream and Product Design discipline. He has to his credit several patents and registrations for the design of hand tools and is a recipient of UNDP Fellowship. He has worked in diverse capacities at premier institutions, like 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 (MIT-ID), Pune. His past academic assignments include, Coordinator of Foundation Program at NID, Coordinator for Fashion and Life Style Accessory Design Program at NIFT, and Director of MIT-ID. He has also worked with industry as Chief Design Advisor at Karp Impex and Jyoti CNC Automation Ltd., and Design Director at Solsons Exim. He has extensive professional experience as a Design Consultant, in verticals ranging from home appliances, eye wear and jewellery, bio-medical engineering, CNC automation and tooling, memento and trophy designs. He has also worked on self-initiated assignments of designing products for the bio-medical, prosthetic, differently abled individuals, and cerebrally palsied children. A hard-core designer, his focus and interest spans across Product Design, Exhibition Design, and Corporate Identity. With an expertise in developing design pedagogy in areas of Industrial Design and Fashion and Lifestyle Accessory Design, he has crafted academic programs, which includes Design Foundation Programs and various courses at basic as well as at advanced levels. Dhimant is currently working as Professor Emeritus and Pro-Chancellor of Avantika University, Ujjain.

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    prasheel

    Prasheel Suryawanshi
    Dean - School of Engineering
    and Vice Chancellor

    Prasheel Suryawanshi is an established academician with a focused interest in Systems and Control, Signal Processing, Computing, Mechatronics, and their intersection towards Cyber-Physical Systems. He has a Doctorate in Control Systems from College of Engineering, Pune. Prasheel has more than 2-decades of experience in academics, research, and consulting, and his proficiency as a teacher and researcher has been widely acknowledged. Prasheel has pursued a deeper understanding of the dynamics between Design and Engineering, with a focus on Design-Centered Education. This liberal approach aims at, transcending disciplinary boundaries, creating new directions, giving birth to new ideas, and having the confidence to bring about a change. A passionate researcher, Prasheel’s primary research interests are in sliding mode control, uncertainty and disturbance estimation, active disturbance rejection control, and autonomous systems. He has made significant contributions in robust control, by combining uncertainty estimation techniques with sliding-mode control, and developing simultaneous state and disturbance observers for uncertain systems. Prasheel has received research grants to the tune of INR 5-million and contributed significantly in engineering and educational consulting. A celebrated author of 4-books, 3-book-chapters, and over 50-research papers in archival journals and peer-reviewed conferences, Prasheel is also the author of several monographs, technical reports, and white-papers. A Senior Member of IEEE, Prasheel is a holder of several prestigious awards for his scientific and professional achievements. Currently, Prasheel is Professor and Vice Chancellor of Avantika University, Ujjain. 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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    kriti 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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    Sukanta Kundu

    Sukanta Kundu
    Professor and Dean
    School of Design

    Sukanta has completed his engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur with specialization in Aeronautical Engineering and masters from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad specializing in Industrial Design. With more than 29 years of industry experience in India and China, Sukanta has been associated with many illustrious brands such as Bajaj, Philips, Surya Roshni, and Fiem Industries etc., where he worked in different capacities, spearheading the product design vertical in Home Appliances and Luminaries, introducing new product concepts and revamping the available products from concepts to production. With superior expertise in aesthetics and product innovation, and a black belt in Design for Six Sigma, he has set-up factories in India, led the R and D department, and supplied indigenously developed products and marked sales of upto 230 million INR in one month with zero product failure and no incidence report from market. A proven design expert and a leader, he has led multiple project teams from conceptualization to production and is widely acknowledged for value engineering and quality assurance of products. He has been awarded for the Top 100 LED projects by International SSL Alliance, Beijing, China in 2016, has been a runner-up in Simplicity Contest for idea and implementation of Server-based Quality Data Management System and received the company merit award for designing and production of RC2004 Rotating Grill in Desert Coolers. With a proven and avowed legacy in industry, Sukanta joins Avantika as a Professor in Industrial Design to propagate his knowledge among the young learners.

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    Raghav Pandey

    Raghav Pandya
    Coordinator
    Industrial Design

    Raghav Pandya is a hardcore industry professional with an Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Bhopal University followed by Masters in Design in Industrial Design from IIT, Delhi (CEED AIR 18). With immense experience of 15 years in the field of motorcycle design in world’s largest two-wheeler company ‘Hero MotoCorp’, he is credited for designing India’s most successful motorcycles and scooters; which cover around half of popular market share in India. With a global exposure doing design projects in Africa, Latin America and South Asia, he has also been a very active participant in various user researches in Milan, Cologne, Birmingham, Tokyo and New Delhi auto shows. He has also worked with international design studios and suppliers in Europe and Japan.His expertise includes all aspect of product design from concept development till product unveiling. As an industry professional, he brings superior acquaintance in product forecasting, benchmarking, product development, manufacturing processes and branding. He has proficiency in all design modes of sketching including clay modelling and surface modelling processes. His strongest hold is in understanding the market demand and transforming it into the most successful products. He also has deep insight in graphic design, logo design, color and trim selection, and has also looked into accessory design section in his previous association. His proficiency in the field and the passion for wide spreading industry-oriented education has brought him to contribute as a faculty member of Industrial Design in Avantika University.

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    Rupesh Gajbhiye

    Rupesh Gajbhiye
    Coordinator
    Communication Design

    Rupesh is a Raheja School of Art (LSR) Mumbai alumnus with a profound experience in the field of Applied, Graphic and Communication Design. He has 17 years of industry experience varied from media, entertainment, packaging, pharma and also as art educator. He has worked as a HOD and Art Director at various corporate. Before Avantika he was working as the Head of Department in Pharma company, where he has created various brand logos and packaging designs which has great market presence. He was also associated with University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) for M.Des Transportation Design in past. His work got selected in many national level competitions and appreciated well in industry.

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    Siddharth Majumdar

    Siddharth Majumdar
    Coordinator
    User Experience Design

    Siddharth has pursued his graduation in Multimedia and Animation from MS University, Tamil Nadu, and a Certification Program in Interaction Design from UC, San Diego. He is a User Experience Designer and a Design Educator holding intertwining experience of 7 years in industry and academics. He specializes in the field of interaction design, usability, and user experience. He has worked for many global illustrious brands such as World Gold Council, Star Awards, Birla Sun Life Mutual Funds, LinkedIn, Larsen & Toubro, etc. to name a few. With excellent problem-solving skills and know-how of the market today, he holds expertise in software such as Axure, Invision, Mind Manager Pro, Visio, and Adobe Office, etc. Apart from designing, he holds a great passion for psychology, arts, and music. His areas of specialization include user research, personas, information architecture, interaction design, heuristic evaluation, and user journey mapping, etc.

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    Ravikumar Jadhav

    Ravikumar Jadhav
    Coordinator
    Computer Science & Engg.

    Ravikumar is an Academic Associate with School of Engineering at Avantika University. He has a Masters in Engineering in VLSI and Embedded systems from MIT Academy of Engineering (AOE), Alandi, Pune. He was associated with TATA Communication Ltd as Network Associate. As part of this role, he has been awarded SOC Star recognition as the best performer during Jan 2017. He is an ardent researcher with interests in Energy Management, Smart Grid, Internet of Things (IoT). As part of his master’s program, he was instrumental in developing Smart Grid Data Management System using MATLAB Simulink. He has also authored publications for the international conferences across India on energy management systems and monitoring of transformer parameters using Internet of Things (IoT).

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    Prabodh Mishra

    Prabodh Mishra
    Coordinator
    Fashion Design

    Prabodh is an International Fashion Designer with 9-years of experience in the fashion industry. He has pursued Bachelor of Fashion Technology from NIFT and Masters of Science in International Fashion Marketing from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. An astute fashion designer with intertwining experience in industry and academics, he has been associated with wide variety of illustrious brands such as; Tell Us Fashion – UK, Redo Times – Noida, Victoria’s Secret – UK, Haut Monde Magazine – New Delhi, Blue Glue Bikinis – Indonesia, Amity School of Fashion Technology – Noida and Mody University - Rajasthan, in varied profiles. With a sparkling career, he started off with bagging the ‘Most Commercially Viable Graduation Project’ in his final year in NIFT and since then has worked as a Fashion - Designer, Journalist and Editor, Communication Marketer, Business Development Project Consultant, inculcating expertise in diverse fields of Fashion. As a Fashion Consultant, he was instrumental in giving life to Feronia Fashion Night making it the first androgynous fashion show in India. He holds experience in teaching bachelors and masters students and has crafted course curriculums in-sync with international standards. With a keen interest in research, Prabodh keeps on expanding his horizons and making himself a dynamic fashion protagonist.

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    M.B. Patil

    Manesh Patil
    Professor
    Environmental Engineering

    Manesh is a dedicated academic professional with a collective experience of over 15 years.He holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) Kanpur, followed by a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Technology. His research interests include Fuel Cell Technology, Non-conventional Energy, Mass Transfer, Energy and Environment. Over the course of his academic journey, he has authored and presented over 18 research papers in journals and conferences of international repute. He has been credited for drafting numerous monographs, technical reports, and white papers. He is member of professional societies like IIChE, ISTE and IAENG. He was awarded the Best Teacher of the Year, 2013 at MIT Academy of Engineering and received citations for contribution in academics, research and institution building.

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    Hemant Kaushik

    Hemant Kaushik
    Professor
    Communication Design

    Hemant is a Professor with Avantika University. He is an Artist, along with being an Art and Design Educationist. He has a Ph.D. from Barkatullah University, Bhopal in Drawing and Painting. With over 20 years of teaching experience, he has worked as a Principal, HOD, Art Director, and Guest Lecturer at various renowned private and government educational institutions. Before Avantika, he was the Principal at SDPS Women’s College. He was also associated with Government Fine Arts College, Indore as the Assistant Professor (Art Director). His expertise lies in Mural Design, Graphics, Etching, and Sculpture. Moreover, he has mastered Indian traditional Folk painting and Wash Techniques. He has won several national and international awards, including National Kalidas Puraskar. Additionally, he has been instrumental in conducting a variety of workshops and has authored several research papers and publications for Art, Design, and Education.

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    Muthupandian Cheralathan

    C. Muthupandian
    Assistant Professor
    Computer Science & Engg.

    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 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 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 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 and co-authored more than 20 technical papers.

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    Gautam Karve

    Gautam Karve
    Assistant Professor
    Physics

    Gautam is an avid academician, with an active research and industry background. He has an M.S. in Physics from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Before joining Avantika University, Gautam taught Physics, and Design and Technology to students of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum at Dr. Pillai Global Academy, Navi Mumbai. As a Junior Research Fellow at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-UGC JRF), he was involved in experiments of Laser Cooling and Magnetic trapping of gaseous Rubidium atoms, Atomic Spectroscopy and Electromagnetically Induced Transparency (EIT). Gautam was associated with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Navi Mumbai as a Geoscientist working on Electromagnetic methods for Oil and Gas Exploration. He was the Senior Research Scientist for the Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER), an R&D lab of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, involved in the calculation of radiation from a LINAC (Linear Accelerator) used in cancer therapy. His interest lies in DIY approach. He is always on the lookout for Physical and Mathematical principles that underlie the working of the day to day phenomena, by making devices and toys and developing methods that could be replicated by a larger group of people through simple experiments and designs.

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    chirannjib

    Chiranjib Narzary
    Assistant Professor
    Industrial Design

    Chiranjib Narzary is an Industrial designer from NID. He has many years industry experience with different areas. As a specialist in industrial design he has been associated with Foley designs Pvt. Ltd. (Bangalore), Y- walls design (New Delhi), Prof. Sudarshan Khanna (New Delhi), founder of toy and design in NID and Design Clinic Scheme (NID) Ahmadabad. Chiranjib has been invited as a guess faculty for MSMEs programs and has been design consultant for many organizations. Chiranjib was a regular faculty at Pearl academy in Delhi (Naraina) before joining Avantika Design University. He has a background in Bachelor of Fine Art (sculpture) and masters in Industrial Design (Toy and Game Design). He is experienced in product design, furniture design, technical innovations and crafts projects. He works through creating ideas, design innovation and development work and develops models and prototypes using different materials and techniques. He is proficient in free hand sketching, sculpting and realistic model making with several mediums. Chiranjib is design innovator as well as professional artist. His artworks include drawings, art installations, paintings, sculptures, products designs, furniture designs, bag designs and toy and game designs. Chiranjib is proficient in digital media and skillful for programs Illustrator, Flash, Adobe Photoshop, in Design, sketch up and 3D rhino and rendering in key shot. Currently, he is researching and practicing on Bamboo and Wooden experimentation for further development and enhancement of his professional expertise.

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    Rohit Lalwani

    Rohit Lalwani
    Assistant Professor
    Entrepreneurship

    Rohit Lalwani is the head for Industry relations at Avantika. He has been a parallel entrepreneur, corporate and entrepreneurship coach. He teaches entrepreneurship at premium management and engineering institutes including CIIE IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Indore, IIT Mumbai and Kharagpur etc. where he guides students to select entrepreneurship as a career option. His past work experience includes heading institutional sales for Asian Paints Karnataka, as a Business partner at Wonder Bath Pune, Marketing head for TalentBridge Technologies, Founder at Sparkpluggers Innovation Lab and Inventryx Systems Pvt. Ltd. He actively mentor’s start-ups in business development, marketing, and business strategies. He is also the enterprise scouting manager for Villgro Innovation foundation at Pune.

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    Sanyukta

    Sanyukta Kashalkar- Karve
    Assistant Professor
    Music

    Sanyukta has done her graduation and post-graduation in Music from University of Allahabad and Doctorate in Music on ‘Gurukuls of Modern Era’ from SNDT Women's University, Mumbai. At SNDT, she was also a senior research fellow and a visiting faculty member. She got qualified for Junior Research Fellowship (NET-JRF) from University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi with her research interest in Exploring Indian Music and Culture, and Women Musicians. Many of her papers are published in national and international journals, interestingly one of which, based on ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’ received inclusion at CET Academic Programs of University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA for two courses on Indian Music (Hindustani Vocal and Kathak). She has also presented a paper in an International Conference at Guangzhou University of Foreign Studies, China. With an interdisciplinary approach towards seeking and imparting knowledge, her education interest lies in a variety of fields like theatre, films, human emotion and character design in films, interior design and mass media. Moreover, she has been an active participant at various dramas, thematic shows of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Travelling is one of Sanyukta's favorite leisure activities, which she believes has taught her several enriching experiences of life. She feels globetrotting helps one to be independent and contributes to understanding diverse cultures.

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    Mukund

    Mukund Jethva
    Assistant Professor
    Sculpture

    Mukund is post graduate alumni of Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. He has 15 years of experience in teaching and freelancing. He is associated with various private and government educational institutions as a visiting faculty. He has conducted several symposiums, art camps/ events and various exhibitions in painting and sculpture. He was nominated for HRD, department of culture for national scholarship and nominated for merit scholarship through MSU, Baroda. He also won the 44th Gujrat Lalit Kala Academy award for the best sculpture in 2004. Prior to this, he was working with UPES as an assistant professor. He has expertise in sketching, sculpture, and painting.

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    Varun Tiwari

    Varun Tiwari
    Assistant Professor
    Industrial Design

    He has a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur, Post Graduate degree (M.Tech.) in CAD/CAM & Automation from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai and a Under Graduate Bachelor’s degree (B.E) in Mechanical engineering. His research interests include Computer Aided Design, Product Design, Decision-making, Bio-inspired Design and Knowledge-Based Engineering. His doctoral research work mainly focused on capturing the intent of the designer during the early stages of design process, where information is available in vague form. He has the honor of receiving a silver Medal at his University for best Ph.D. Thesis in the Mechanical Engineering for the year 2017. He has published various research articles in peer-reviewed International Journals and International conferences. His research paper on design process automation has been awarded Certificate of Merit for the 2013 International Conference of Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Systems held at London, U.K

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    Kapil Sharma

    Kapil Sharma
    Assistant Professor
    Product Design

    Kapil Sharma is an established designer with interest in Life Style Product Design, Sustainable Materials, and Graphic Design. He is a Graduate in Product Design from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune and augmented that with a Diploma in Graphic Design and Diploma in Electrical Engineering. He has over 10-years of experience in academics and industry. He was associated with Ecowings, Indore as Principal Designer and has worked as a faculty with SDPS Women's College, Indore and Design Institute of India. He is a product designer and handled various projects for many reputed brands like Apple, BMW, KLM Royal Dutch Airline, Tata, Mahindra. L&T. He has also worked with Zagato, Milan, Italy and has explored variety of automotive projects. He is passionate about upcycling, craft, innovation, and design education. His work and products have been published across the world and many brands have recognized his thoughts into international magazines and blogs. His products have got international recognition in many countries like USA, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, UK. He loves to inject new innovations and develop sustainable products for the betterment of the environment which not only inform the significance of environment but also motivate people to become responsible and educated. He is currently serving Avantika as Assistant Professor in School of Design.

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    ambrish-polekar

    Ambrish Polekar
    Assistant Professor
    Communication Design

    Ambrish is a 3D-Visualizer and AR-VR Developer and has plied his trade in Game Design, Film and Video Design, and Animation for 10+ years. He has a Bachelors in Fine Arts with specialization in Animation Design from the School of Fine Arts, Indore. He has various international certifications in Design and has proven expertise in the field of 3D Animation, 3D Visualization, Game Engines and VR Technologies. He was associated with Appesperta, Ahmedabad as AR and VR Project Head and has also worked as Technical Head at Archilizers, Indore. His love for teaching has taken him to various schools and colleges as a faculty for training and development. He has successfully executed industry projects in 3D Architecture Visualization, 3D Animation, Graphic Design, Web Development, Mobile App Development, 3D Mobile App Development. He has a special interest and expertise in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality with multi-faceted skill-set in Unity 3D, Unreal engine, Intermediate level scripting C#, Unreal blue print, 3Ds Max, Maya and V-Ray. Ambrish is currently working as Assistant Professor in the School of Design.

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    Madan Mune

    Madan Mune
    Assistant Professor
    Graphic Design

    Madan Mune is an artist and design professional with 32 years of vast experience in industry and academics. He completed his Foundation in design from Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai and pursued Government Diploma Course in Applied Arts from L. S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai. Since then, he has worked as an Art Director at various corporates, handling diverse domains such as advertisement, media, packaging and printing, and has also been involved in a number of government and industry projects in the field of design. His experience in academics include leading the Graphic Design vertical in Design Institute of India. He is a well-known expert in the field of calligraphy and typography. His work in the industry is widely recognized and has won him several awards such as Maharashtra State Poster award for his 'ban-alcohol' themed poster 'Mrityu chakra' and Dainik Bhaskar Agency Award for poster ‘Mitti ke Ganesh’.

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    Reshma Chavan

    Reshma Chavan
    Assistant Professor
    Computer Science & Engg.

    Reshma has Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Computer Science from Pune Institute of Computer Technology and Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Information Technology from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune. She is a professional with almost 9 years of hardcore industry experience in the field of web applications and analytics, web project management, enterprise resource planning, data analysis, software project management and e-commerce SEO. She started her career as a software developer with Persistent Systems and went on to join several other brands such as WhiteHedge Technologies, Search Box Technologies, Technnovation Labs etc as a project manager and technical lead. Her proficiency in the field of software tools and technologies is widely acknowledged. At Avantika, she contributes as a lecturer and software developer and has been instrumental in creating and conducting course modules related to programming along with senior educationists and is also credited for leading the coding club at the campus.

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    Anand Upadhayay

    Anand Upadhayay
    Assistant Professor
    Space Design

    Anand Upadhayay is an architectural designer, educator and practitioner. Immediately after completing his bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2016 from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Jammu and Kashmir, he founded and started his own studio by the name of ‘atelier.au’ which, aims to develop a center of observation, research, and application in the field of architecture and design. Since then, he has worked on many architectural projects and has created a niche for his work in the industry. Anand has worked extensively on diverse range of projects under the mentorship of Dr. B.V. Doshi; a Pritzker Architecture Prize winner and the Founder of Vastushilpa Foundation. He has also been named as a 361° Scholar for his portfolio in 2013 and has also bagged the Design Excellence Award as a Team Leader and Design Head in University of Westminster International Design Competition 2015 in London. Currently, he is working on a proposal for design and development of water resources and waste management project for urban rejuvenation of Katra in Jammu and Kashmir and several other architectural projects. His special interests include urban studies, ancient indian architecture, proportions and light.

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    Amar Mithapalli

    Amar Mithapalli
    Assistant Professor
    Fashion Design

    Amar Mithapalli has done Diploma in Fashion design from JRVGTI, Pune and M.Sc. in Fashion Design from YCMOU, Nashik with elite candidature. A professional with intertwining experience in Industry and Academics, Amar holds more than 11 years of academic experience in leading institutes across India and has worked with various corporate houses as a designer, project consultant, production manager and fashion show coordinator. A pioneer in the experiential learning of Fashion Design, his client list boasts of renowned designers like – Hemant Trivedi, Vikram Phadnis, Ken Frns and many more. Amar has choreographed numerous fashion shows across Pune, Mumbai, Indore and Goa. Apart from being one of the most prominent choreographers in Western and Central India, he also has strong international clientele across Europe. Amar firmly believes that "Educators are Innovators" and with this philosophy his passion for educating and adding value to students’ lives is undeterred.

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    Jyotirmoy Pathak

    Jyotirmoy Pathak
    Assistant Professor
    Space Design

    Jyotirmoy Pathak has pursued Bachelor of Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and, Master of Design and Doctorate from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. His experience includes working as a Senior Architect on various residential, educational, and commercial projects, along with urban and interior design projects. A technical aficionado, his knowledge of diverse architectural and design software and hands-on proficiency is commendable. He has won many competitions such as PNB Design Competition, Water-front Development Design Competition, and Toran Design Competition to name a few and, has been a consistent participant in the NASA competition and led his college as the unit secretary for ZoNASA 2010 bagging the best and the maximum number of trophies in the competition held in SMVDU, Jammu and Kashmir. An Architect and Design professional, his knowledge and experience boasts of the blend of both, making him an academician with interdisciplinary skill-set and the mind-set to impart holistic knowledge.

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    Rupal Joshi

    Rupal Joshi
    Assistant Professor
    Fashion Design

    Rupal is an experienced fashion designer with BFA in Fashion Design and M.Sc in Fashion Technology, from University of Pune. With a collective experience of 10 years in industry and academics, she has designed and worked on various freelancing projects, and crafted the journey of numerous students into the Fashion Industry through her expert guidance and mentorship. She has also parallelly led and designed for her entrepreneurial venture, ‘MAUU’, dealing directly with the Weavers and Manufacturers in Sarees all over India and showcasing her work across the region. Her experience includes designing for ‘Bagh Print’ for the Promotional Center for Central Government, and handling fashion shows with various fashion leaders. One of her expertise includes conducting workshops for skill enrichment, out of which her passion lies in the field of Surface Ornamentation and hand skills.

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    Rushikesh Pawar
    Assistant Professor
    Computer Science & Engg.

    Rushikesh has Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from MIT Academy of Engineering (AOE). At Avantika, he is instrumental in developing the program curriculum for the engineering curricula, under the guidance of senior educationists. A keen researcher, he has a profound interest in Artificial Intelligence and Mathematical Modeling. Rushikesh has a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) certification on space exploration. He is currently engaged on a research project about single point balancing dynamic system design analysis. He has been instrumental in working on projects focused on Robotics, with a particular interest in drone design and measurement analysis, and multi-wheel robotic platforms. Rushikesh has worked in the capacity of technical consultant for academic level research projects. He has been engaged in working on MATLAB and Simulink Model-based design approach since past few years. Interestingly, he has even developed his MATLAB library toolset that helps academician and researcher to work in the field of autonomous robotics.

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    Dheeraj Chugh
    Assistant Professor
    Product Design

    Dheeraj has pursued masters in Product Design from MIT Institute of Design, Pune. A graduate in automobile engineering, Dheeraj hosts interdisciplinary skills of an engineer and a designer, blending both to deliver cutting-edge design solutions and strategies. With three years of experience in the design fraternity, he has worked with Studio Alternatives in Pune where he was indulged in upcycling industrial and household waste to curate different products and propagate this knowledge to create awareness about design through lucrative workshops. He has also worked with Pathways World School in Gurgaon as a Product Design faculty, sowing the seed of design as a creative and critical thinking tool at the school level, through crafting design-based teaching strategies and modules. With his experience, Dheeraj has come to believe that, “Design has the power to bridge the gap between the old and the new, the rich and the poor, the abled and the differently abled.” With a keen interest in academics, he finds passion in wide-spreading design education and training the budding designers for their pursuit.

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    Rajat Akre
    Assistant Professor
    Industrial Design

    Rajat is an Electrical Engineer and has pursued his master’s in industrial design from IIITDM, Jabalpur. He has worked with Andslite India Pvt. Ltd. as the lead industrial designer where he generated new product concepts and designed innovative lighting solutions. He is a technical aficionado with an acute inclination towards the field of design, which has led him to publish a patent in the first year of his career. He has worked on a variety of projects which include designing a sustainable chess board, L Study lamp, earthen retrofittable 3 stage frugal water purifier and many more. His skills include hands-on expertise in sketching, marker rendering, CAD/CAS, CAD rendering and prototyping. With keen interest in design thinking, design and user experience research methods, task analysis, CAD and ergonomics, Rajat likes to identify problems and cater innovative solutions for them.

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    Kaliprasad Mahapatro
    Assistant Professor
    Computer Science & Engg.

    Kaliprasad is a researcher and academician with interest in Control System Design. He completed his master’s in technology with outstanding performance from Vishwakarma Institute of Technology in 2014 and was a recipient of GATE fellowship from AICTE, MHRD. He has been associated with MIT Academy of Engineering, Alandi as an assistant professor since 2014, and has been awarded the ‘Best Teacher of the Department Award’ in 2015. Being a passionate researcher, Kaliprasad has published several papers in high indexed journal and conferences like IEEE, Springer etc. He was awarded ‘Best Paper Award’ in IEEE International Conference on Computing, Communication, Control and Automation (ICCUBEA 2016) for his excellent research contribution in track of control and automation. His primary research areas include, sliding mode control, active disturbance rejection control for linear and nonlinear systems, PID Control – design and applications, control law design of energy scavenging from renewable energy sources. He has served for 2 years as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) for DAE- BRNS Gov. of India funded project. Currently, Kaliprasad is a professional member committees like IEEE, CSI and IAENG.

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    Atul S. Choudhary
    Assistant Professor
    Computer Science & Engg.

    Atul has pursued his post-graduation in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pune and is currently pursuing Doctorate from VIT Vellore University. His areas of research include Cyber Security and Cyber Forensics, in which he has many publications in peer reviewed conferences and journals. With significant experience in the field of Computer Science and Information Technology, he envisions to be instrumental in delivering outcome-based education with a focus on project-based learning. He has also pursued an International Engineering Educator Certification Program from Indo Universal Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE). He is a member of ACM and Computer Society of India, and continuously contributes and participates in technical events organized by such committees. Atul possesses sturdy acquaintance in the areas like Database, Computer Network, Operating System and Web development, and is always open to acquiring new technologies and skills in his technical domain. He follows the mantra of the great philosopher Heraclitus, - "Change is the only constant thing in this world.”

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    Kaustubh Kirtane

    Kaustubh Kirtane
    Assistant Professor
    Communication Design

    Kaustubh is an industry professional with more than 17 years of extensive experience in the fields of identity design, branding, packaging design, user experience design etc. He is professionally trained in a variety spheres like Design Thinking from IDEO University, Brand Management from University of London, Human Computer Interaction Design from Industrial Development Center, Information Structuring, Architecture and Visualization from Industrial Development Center, Responsive Leadership from MIT Labs etc. His core competency lies in sculpting brand identity, persuasive presentation, and user experience. He holds unparalleled expertise in software such as Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, XD, Dreamweaver, Skechup, and MS Office etc. He is a recipient of an international award by Aquent.com for his exemplary work. He is also instrumental in developing social instruments that are creating extraordinary business impact for organisations, maximizing ROI and impacting lives.

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    Asmita Biswas

    Asmita Biswas
    Assistant Professor
    User Experience Design

    Asmita has completed her graduation in Computer Science and Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology and has pursued her masters in Interaction Design from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design, and Manufacturing, Jabalpur. She has experience of almost two years in the IT industry in the domain of ERP software development and support. She has working experience in Wipro as well as in a Portfolio Start-up company of TLabs - EPaasthsala. Being in the core software development team of a Design farm - Lollypop Studio, she gathered and experienced the need and true essence of UX design knowledge. She holds expertise in software like Adobe Xd, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Balsamiq, InVision, etc. Her design projects are mostly on Physical/ Digital product and Service based User Experience. Her areas of specialization include Design Thinking, User Research, Persona, User Journey, Storyboarding, Information Architecture, Quick problem solving, Wireframing, Prototyping, Usability and testing, Visual ergonomics, etc. She also has experience in teaching assistantship throughout her masters and volunteered as a teacher in Jagriti club, a literacy drive by the institute. Other than design, she has special interests in Cognitive science, Photography, Environment protection activities, Music and Dance.

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    Pallavi

    Pallavi Nath
    Academic Associate
    Fine Arts

    Pallavi Nath is a professional artist and illustrator. She completed her graduation in sociology and after that did her BFA in 2014, specialization in painting from Govt. College of art and craft, Guwahati, Assam. She has been associated with Neelgar fashion Studio, Ahmedabad and many years at Fair crow art house as an artist where she worked on many different projects. Pallavi has learnt design, block printing, natural and chemical dye at Weavers` service center-Ministry of textile, Guwahati, Assam. As an artist she exhibited many art exhibitions in different places of Assam and done story book illustration as well. She does her painting with different medium. Her interest lies on block printing, natural and chemical dye, illustration and doodling. Currently she is practicing on bamboo and cotton fabric jewellery and garments hand stitch for further development and enhancement of her skills.

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    Krishnakant Pal

    Krishnakant Pal
    Academic Associate
    Industrial Design

    Krishnakant is a Graduate in Crafts and Design (Hard Material – Wood, Stone, Metal) from Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur. He also has a Diploma in 2D Animation and Graphic Design from Institute for Design of Electrical Measuring Instruments, Mumbai. He has an experience of 3+ years in industry. He was associated with Hitaishi - KK Manufacturing Company Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata as Senior Product Designer and has also worked as Product Designer at Designwise India Pvt. Ltd, (MUKUL GOYAL & TATTVA), Gurugram. He has been a delegate speaker at International Symposium (A Design Catalyst) and was awarded sustainable design (Cobbler's Mound) at the symposium. He has handled several professional projects in Exhibition Design, Photojournalism, Furniture Design, Lifestyle Accessory Design and Photography. He is proficient in Carpentry, Sand Casting, Sculpting, Product Photography, Stone Carving, Furniture, Natural fiber toys, Throwing & Pinching (clay), Metal Forging, Finishes & Textures, Prototyping. His expertise and interest lies in home accessories, home decor, lighting, furniture, games, and graphics. He has a strong orientation to design and crafts with various materials like metal, stone, wood, ceramics, terracotta, paper, leather, glass, etc. Krishnakant works as Lecturer in School of Design.

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    Shubham Saurabh

    Shubham Saurabh
    Academic Associate
    Graphic Design

    Shubham Saurabh has done his graduation in Graphic Design from MIT Institute of Design, Pune. He is a passionate designer with interest in visual thinking and carries an inclination towards learning from the nature, his surrounding, and movies. With a keen interest in illustration, he believes in learning through observation and indulges most of time into understanding human behavior and psychology which, inspires most of his work and enables him to deliver user-centric solutions. He was previously associated with Lokusdesign, which is an award-winning design studio based out at Pune with more than 15- years of work history in the field of consultation, branding, packaging and museum design. With deep insight into human psychology, he is rigorously indulged in the research of introducing new ways to inculcate design thinking in the current education system and how it can cater to the development of the right hemisphere of the brain and boost the cognitive capacity of the learners.

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