Mentors

Students need mentors with industry experience and simulation background. You might wonder why? In the last year and half the SimInsights team has been working hard to develop industry parallel simulation tools for students at middle and high schools, community colleges and undergraduate levels. Although there is overall enthusiasm for simulation based learning approach, there is also quite a bit of resistance due to many factors, one of the important ones being lack of awareness of the power of simulations among teachers, administrators and students. Mentors with extensive simulation experience can solve this problem by helping students as well as teachers to appreciate the power of simulations.

Become a mentor and share your expertise and enthusiasm with budding engineers and scientists. Make a contribution to exciting young people to pursue STEM degrees and careers. Here is how the mentoring program works:

SimNewton ignites students’ imagination by letting them experience the power of mathematical modeling and simulation in a collaborative environment.

  • Mentors sign up on siminsights.com to have their profile listed.
  • When stuck on a modeling task, a student selects a mentor and asks a question.
  • Mentor receives email notification containing link to the student’s model. Mentor reviews the model and leaves a response for the student.
  • Student receives an email notification.
You can make a difference by motivating a young person to pursue a STEM career trajectory. Contact us today to learn how our distinguished group of mentors.

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.



Vinay Verma

Vice President, Technical Product Management,
thredUP.com, San Francisco Bay Area

Vinay manages the big data and analytics platform for the search and recommendation engine at thredUP.com. Prior to that, he was the Technology Lead at Xilinx, where he developed large-scale software algorithms for Graph Search Optimization. He led the multi-core router project, a state of the 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 behavior and how users interact with the web. He has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has a MS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT-BHU, India. He was an instructor of technology at the Mouse Squad Student Technology program in San Jose and a recipient of the Mouse Squad of California’s Volunteer of the Year Award. He is a recipient of nine US patents and has over ten international publications.




Ajay Dangi

Management Trainee
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited

I earned a B.Tech. degree in mechanical engineering from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University. My fields of interest are mechatronics, simulation and control systems. I have gained a smattering of experience in multibody-dynamic simulation (MSC-ADAMS), control systems (Matlab), bio-Sensors (QCM-Quartz crystal microbalance), microcontrollers (AVR Atmega), RF modules (Xbee, CC1020) etc. through various projects and hobbyist work at undergraduate level. Major positions of responsibility, Students Coordinator for TAC (Technical Activity Centre), IT-BHU for year 2009-2010. “Technical Events Head” for annual technical fest Technex – ’09. Have been active in robotics club and SAE (Society of automotive engineers). Major interests beyond technology are novels, music and sports.