Academic Advisors


Gopi Meenakshisundaram

Professor of Computer Science,
University of California, Irvine

Gopi Meenakshisundharam is Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Irvine. His research areas are computer graphics, geometry and topology of 3D objects, and multi-modal human computer interaction. He received his MS from the Indian Institute of Science in 1995 and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. He is a gold medalist in the bachelors program at the Thiyagarajar College of Engineering. He was awarded the prestigious Link Foundation Fellowship for his research in geometry in 1999. He received Second Best Paper awards two consecutive years, 2004 and 2005, from the Eurographics Conference, a top conference in computer graphics. He has served on several conference committees for technical programs and management in computer graphics.

Robert G. Parker

L.S. Randolph Professor of Mechanical Engineering,Virginia Tech.

Robert G. Parker is the head of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. His focus areas are robotics, autonomous and dynamical systems. He was previously at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute and was a professor at The Ohio State University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Parker is a fellow of the ASME and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 1999. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the US government to scientists and engineers early in their independent research careers. He also received the US Army Young Investigator and National Science Foundation Career Awards as well as the ASME Gustus Larson Award, SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award, and ASEE Outstanding Faculty Award. He was invited by the US National Academy of Engineering to the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Chandrashekhar Upadhyay

Associate Professor Aerospace Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

Chandrashekhar Upadhyay received his PhD from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1996. Following a year of post-doctoral work at ICES at UT Austin, he joined the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at IIT Kanpur where he is currently a professor. His areas of interest include Solid Mechanics, Damage Modeling and Advanced Computational Analysis. He is an expert on Finite Element Methods (FEM) and its application to structural mechanics. He has made multiple contributions to the defense, railway, and aerospace industries in India. He has spoken at several international conferences as a guest speaker. In 2008, he spent time as a consultant at the research labs of BOSE Sound Systems, where he also taught a specifically designed course in structural modelling. He is an active member of the academic review committees at IIT Kanpur and ARDB-India. He is also a participant of the NPTEL lecture series through his lectures on FEM. He is the recipient of the Aerospace Divisional Prize from IIE-India.