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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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, Dr. 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. Dr. 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, Dr. Prasheel is also the author of several monographs, technical reports, and white-papers. A Senior Member of IEEE, Dr. Prasheel is a holder of several prestigious awards for his scientific and professional achievements. Currently, Dr. Prasheel is Professor and Director 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".
IDC, IIT Bombay
Venkatesh Rajmanickam is an M.Tech in visual communication from Industrial Development Centre of IIT Bombay. Venkatesh is an established academician with over 25 years of experience in academics and industry. He started his journey as an interface designer with CMC Ltd., went on to join Kirloskar Multimedia Pvt. Ltd. as Project leader before finally entering into academics as Deputy Director of SP Design School in Singapore where he was instrumental in providing strategic and operational leadership, and in designing, validating, accrediting and implementing the teaching projects. Currently, he is working with IDC of IIT Bombay as a Professor and his area of interest is in the field of Human- computer interface design, Data visualization, Technology and learning, Design History and Affordable housing. He is also the chief mentor of the Information Design Lab at IDC and aims to lead and influence creation of unprecedentedly powerful ways of engaging with the complex challenges of the world.
Activity Chairperson - Education
Shashank Mehta is a principal faculty of Industrial Design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Currently, he is working as the Activity Chairperson of the Institute's Professional Education Program. A qualified mechanical engineer and product designer, he holds immense experience working as an engineer, designer and production in-charge with various small and large scale industries and the craft and social sectors as well. Over the last five and a half years, he has also served as the Project Head of the design clinic scheme for the MSMEs, a unique and ambitious design intervention scheme, supported by the Ministry of MSMEs, Government of India. In his academic journey, Shashank has taught at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, spanning various design disciplines. He is also credited for spearheading the introduction of new course modules such as - 'Design Process', 'Indigenous Innovations', 'Service Design', 'Design Audit' and 'Introduction to Experience Design', that are in sync with the rapidly changing demands and aspirations of the industry and economy in general. He was involved in conceptualising the first e-learning module on package design and also helped set up the country's first Design Business Incubator at NID. He has also worked extensively in the area of technology and design fusion, sustainability and indigenous innovation, and has authored various articles and research papers and anchored international workshops focused on design for development. All this coupled with sharp business acumen, he has acquired the much-needed holistic understanding of integrating user aspirations with industry constraints and demands, thus introducing viable design solutions.
Professor and Dean
PDPM IIITDM, Jabalpur
Puneet Tandon is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra and, a Master and Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Currently, he is a joint Professor of Design and Mechanical Engineering at PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur. He is also at present serving as Dean of Research, Sponsored Projects and Consultancy at the institute and also mentors its deLOGIC Lab and Soln Lab. His primary research interests include Innovative Product Design, Computational Support to Product Design, Knowledge-based Engineering Design, Computer Aided Design, and Hybrid Manufacturing. The works of his research group in the field of innovative designs are recognized at national and international level. Puneet has carried out multiple research projects funded by various agencies such as DST-RFBR (Indo-Russia), IMPRINT-India and DST-Advanced Manufacturing Technology projects. Besides this, he had carried out a couple of joint Indo-Japan (DST-JSPS) research projects, and projects funded from other agencies like DST/ SERB, DAE/ BRNS, MSME/ Design Clinic, MHRD, etc. He has two patents in his name and has authored 1 text book, 8 book chapters and more than 200 papers in referred journals and international conferences of repute. His research papers have also been awarded "Certificate of Merit" at the 2013 International Conference of Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Systems, World Congress at London in 2013.
Director and Chief Strategist
Turian Labs, Pune
Manoj is a Design Entrepreneur and a Design Thinker with more than 2 decades of experience across industries. He leads Turian Labs, a Design Thinking and Business Innovation company, which he cofounded in 2015. Prior to this, he cofounded a design company Onio and a digital branding company ITERNIA. Manoj uses his passion and expertise in Human-centered Design, Future Megatrends & Indian philosophy to catalyse disruptive innovation and cultural-change within organisations. He is an expert facilitator for CXOs/senior-leadership on Design Thinking and Future Envisioning workshops. Manoj has led the innovation engagements with global brands and organizations like Google, Microsoft, Philips, Infosys, Volkswagen, Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kohler, Saint Gobain, Suzuki, Wipro, Godrej, Titan and Govt. of Finland (Tekes), apart from several startups and SMEs. Manoj is the founder of annual insights & megatrends conference INDIANXT and Pune Design Festival. He speaks in the global forums on Design Thinking, Innovation & India insights. He is a visiting faculty at Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad and National Institute of Design(NID)-Ahmedabad. He has delivered lectures/course at Aalto University-Helsinki, Korea Institute of Technology-Seoul, Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai, Kanpur), National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi, Mumbai), WeSchool-Mumbai and Symbiosis Institutes (Design, Management). Manoj's other interest stretch across astronomy, philosophy, anthropology, Urdu & Hindi poetry, linguistics, Zen and sufism. He has authored a non-fiction book 'Skyway Interpreter' and tweets @lookinbard. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay 1992 batch, and PG from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in Industrial Design.
T. N. Hari
Head of HR
T.N. Hari is an IIT Madras and IIM Calcutta alumnus with over 30 years of experience in diverse management roles. In his 11 years of journey with Tata Steels, he was engaged in various engineering and project-management roles. From a technical aficionado to the HR head at BigBasket, his transition to Human Resource function started with being a part of Management team of several other ventures like Daksh (A BPO company acquired by IBM), Virtusa (An IT services company listed on NASDAQ), Amba Research (An investment research company acquired by moodys) and TaxiForSure (A taxi aggregation company that merged with OLA cabs) and etc. In his transition he brought in a lot of business and engineering perspectives, innovative inputs, structured thinking processes and problem- solving approach to break the conventional ways of practice in the industry and helped these companies sour to great heights. Hari's passion for scaling-up organizations by inculcating effective processes has earned him the credit of four successful exits in different industries. He is also an author and a strategic advisor at Fundamentum, and provides mentorship to multiple companies, start-ups and scale-ups. He keeps on mentoring young entrepreneurs and is extremely passionate about solving problems and building organizations for scale through clear & uncluttered thinking and relentless execution.
Manak Lal Jain
Dr. Manak Lal Jain is an experienced academician with a rich experience of 30-years in teaching, industry, and research. He holds a M. Tech. from IIT Madras and PhD from IIT Kanpur. He was also a Visiting Research Scholar at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), USA. His research interests include, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Reverse Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, Biomechanics and Biomodeling. He has published over 30 papers and presented his research on various international and national platform. Dr. Jain has received funding from AICTE under various schemes like Margdarshan Scheme, MODROBS, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, and RPS. He has also received funding under the FIST scheme of DST, New Delhi. He is an active Member of International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Community (i-FAB) and Member Secretary of Center for Science & Society. He is currently serving as Professor and Head, at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shri G. S. Institute of Technology & Science (SGSITS), Indore.
Director - MIT-ID
Dhimant is 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, Pune. Prof. Dhimant Panchal is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad in Industrial Design (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 advanced 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 designs for various renowned organizations.
Professor - Engineering
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.
Professor - 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.
Nominee of MPPURC
Professor Kamlesh Mishra is Director UGC - Human Resource Development Centre, Rani Durgawati University Jabalpur (MP), and Professor - Incharge for Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Geography at Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur (MP). He holds a Doctorate Degree from Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur, (MP) with specialization in Human Geography. He has 35 years of teaching and 28 years of administrative experience. Under his exceptional guidance, 11 Ph. D. and 18 M. Phil. degrees have been awarded. Currently six research scholars are pursuing their Ph. D under his able supervision. To his credit, he has five published books, 11 edited books and 12 research papers/articles. He also has been entrusted with number of portfolios at various universities and government bodies. At Avantika University, he will be the nominee of Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Private Universities Regulatory Commission, Bhopal.
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.