Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering), IIT Bombay 2010
M.E. (Instrumentation Engineering),COEP, Pune 2002
B.E. (Instrumentation Engineering), NMU, Jalgaon 2000
Teaching Experience: 11 Years
Research/Industrial Experience: 7 Years
Administrative and Managerial Experience: 8 Years
Technical Papers Published: 9
I was born in the city of Dhule where I grew up in a joint family. In our place, education was an almost neglected matter; however, my mother motivated me to excel at my studies and every achievement was appreciated by my family members. Every day after school, I used to help my hardworking parents in managing our family business. It was a practice in my school to take students on educational visits to police stations, fire brigade, manufacturing units, and hospitals to develop our practical knowledge, enhance our exposure to real-life issues, and make us aware of the working of different organizations. One such visit that became a turning point in my life, was a visit to Dhule Civil Hospital, where I was intrigued to learn that medical treatment significantly depends on medical devices. I was quite impressed by the applications of technology in the medical field, and after my schooling, I decided to work in the healthcare domain.
I started my learning journey in this direction and completed my B.E. and M.E. in Instrumentation. Subsequently, I aspired to earn a doctorate from IIT Bombay in Biomedical Engineering. That was not easy by any means, but my persistence paid off and my dream came true in the face of tough competition. At IIT Bombay, I not only learnt in-depth technology, but also essential administrative skills through handling the department library, organizing social activities at the hostel, making laboratory rules and regulations as the student Lab-In-Charge, and as Programme Coordinator for the national level nano-technology laboratory. It was also an enriching experience to handle international research groups as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada.
My journey at VIT began in 2011, where I have been teaching courses like Biomedical Microsystems, Biomedical Instrumentation, and Sensors. I was also entrusted with the responsibility of heading the Department for four years, during which tenure, the Department was accredited by NBA. To nurture our students to be industry-ready employees, I handled an MoU with GE Healthcare which led to the establishment of a GE Centre of Excellence Lab on the campus. I have collaborated with students in many projects at IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, Dynasense Technologies Pvt. Ltd., and TISS, Mumbai. I am continuing research at my alma mater IIT Bombay through projects along with my students. I am proud to share the success stories of students who have been gaining from such exposure and are doing well internationally. Sahil Potnis is working with Uber at USA after completing his MS from Cornell University (USA) and Indranuj Gangan is pursuing MS from John Hopkins (USA), to name a few. I explore opportunities for students in industries either through final year projects, internships or jobs and help them to improve their professional network. I like to mentor students, especially those who are from rural areas. I am pleased to be a member of VIT's Admission Committee since the last six years, and while counselling Engineering aspirants, I help them to identify their aptitude and interests.
Reading books and drawing are my hobbies, which help me in learning new concepts, adapting to new teaching techniques, and delivery of complex topics.