Industry Advisors


Dr. Shashi Aithal

Computational scientist Argonne National Labs, Chicago

Dr. Aithal has over 12 years of experience in computational techniques. His experiences span work in academia, industry as well as in national labs. His Doctoral thesis at the Ohio State University was form eth Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and discussed the numerical solution of plasma and reacting flows. Following which he worked as a senior research associate at the Center for Advanced Plasma Engineering at OSU. His work at CFDRC involved the modeling of weakly ionized flows in plasma discharges. From 2000-2002 he worked at Novellus Systems Inc at San Jose Ca, where he focused on the development of large-scale 3-D CFD models for fluid-flow/heat-transfer analysis in CVD reactors using commercial software such as FLUENT/CFD-ACE. This was followed by over 5 years at HyPerComp Inc where he worked on a variety of projects including finite rate kinetics, plasma enhanced combustion etc. Since 2009 he has been with Argonne National Labs where his work focuses on the modelling of reacting and plasma flows with applications in areas such as Plasma enhanced combustion, Gas discharge physics and materials processing etc.

Vinay Verma

Vinay manages the big data platform for search, recommendation engine and analytics at high growth start-up in Bay Area. Prior to that, he was tech. lead at Xilinx where he developed large scale software algorithms for graph search and optimization. He led the multi-core router project, which is state of art parallel computing software. He has broad technical expertise in software technology, big data platform, hardware design and large scale data mining/analytics plus strong skills in product management, marketing and business strategy. He is also interested in semantic web, consumer behaviour and how users interact with web. He has MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He has M.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engg. from University of Illinois, Chicago, and B.Tech in Electrical Engg. from IIT-BHU, India. He was technology instructor at Mouse Squad Student Technology program in San Jose and recipient of the Mouse Squad of California’s volunteer of the year award. He is recipient of 9 US patents and has over 10 international publications.

Atul Sahai

Senior Product Manager Microsoft Office Division, Microsoft

Atul has over 10 years of experience working at Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Altair Engineering in areas of pricing and licensing, product management and software development. At Microsoft, he has been focusing on the pricing and licensing of Microsoft Office for consumer channels. He received his B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institute of Technology, Varanasi and his M.S. from University of Illinois at Chicago. He also has an M.B.A. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institute of Technology, Varanasi and his M.S. from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Devesh Upadhyay

Technical Expert Scientific Research Labs at Ford

He received his PhD from the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2001. His areas of interest focus on modeling, control and diagnostics of dynamical systems. As part his doctoral work he worked with Prof. Vadim Utkin in developing Sliding Mode Control techniques for the complex gas exchange process in modern Diesel Engines. At Ford Motor Company he has been focusing on the modeling control and diagnostics of novel After treatment systems for lean burn engines. His research has taken on a multidisciplinary nature including aspects of Electrical, Mechanical, and Chemical engineering. He has also been active in areas of complex systems including applications in biological/physiological systems. He is the recipient of several awards within Ford and holds over 25 patents.