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".
Project Director - MITSOT
MIT World Peace University
Dr. Milind is currently working in the capacity of Project Director, MIT Group of Institutions, Pune, India, founded in 1983. MIT Pune is a multi-discipline, multi-locational centre of excellence with over 63 institutes imparting value based education to over 54,000 students across India. A dedicated Professional with 25 years of Academic Experience, Dr. Milind is instrumental in getting license of Private University for MIT Pune in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in India, as well as abroad. He has extensively travelled throughout the World for Technology Transfers, International Tie-ups, Collaborations and Faculty/Student exchange programs. Dr. Milind is one of the rare recipients of a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship by Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India on Telecom Technology Transfer. He has been relentlessly working towards realizing the Dream of the Past President, India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on the Project, Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA). After Graduating in Engineering, Dr. Milind acquired Three Masters degrees; ME (Electronics), MBA (Marketing) and MPM- (Personnel Management) along with Twin Ph. D.'s, the first in Business Management (International Trades) and the second Ph. D. in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (Wireless Sensor Networks). Dr. Milind's expertise lies in Research areas that include Technology Transfers, M-Education, M-Agriculture, M-Health, Smart Sensing Networks and ICT Innovations. He has also played a vital role in the prestigious International event, Robocon, since its inception in India, in 2005.
Dr. Yogesh Bhalerao is a committed educationalist, administrator and researcher. He competed his Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the then University of Pune. His PhD work entitled 'Thermal Analysis of Grinding Process' was well received and appreciated by distinguished experts in the domain. He has also been the proud recipient of the 'Young Scientist Award' from Department of Science and Technology (DST), India under the FASTTRACK Scheme. He continues to pursue his post Ph.D. research from the Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom. Through the many years of his work in the higher education sector, he has gained a rich experience that can be flexibly deployed across domains and functions. He has worked at all level of teaching practice and presently is leading the MIT Academy of Engineering as the Director, in its progression. As the Director, he continues to exercise leadership, demonstrate vision, and empower others to deliver the agreed Institutional strategies and objectives and achieve the highest possible standards of excellence. As an academician, Prof. Bhalerao has introduced innovative patterns, methods and designs of education. He continues to experiment with his teaching and leadership styles to effortlessly adopt to fresh challenges and opportunities. He has a strong publications record and his outputs continue to contribute to and make impact in the field of Engineering, Education and Administration. Prof. Bhalerao brings along his profound experience, progressive vision and enthusiastic efforts to all the endeavors he undertakes.
Professor - 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.
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.
Professor - 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.
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.