Academic Advisors


Gopi Meenakshisundaram

Professor of Computer Science,UC Irvine.

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

Robert G. Parker

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Robert G. Parker is Professor at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute and Professor at the Ohio State University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Parker is 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 honour 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 four Frontiers.

Chandrashekhar Upadhyay

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

Chandrashekhar Upadhyay received his PhD from the Aerospace department of 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 problems. He has made multiple contributions to the Defence, Railways and Aerospace industry in India. He has spoken at several international conferences as a guest speaker. In 2008 he also spent some time as a visiting 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 committee at IIT-K, and of 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.