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The journey so far

Industrial and Academic Experience

Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore, MD

Graduate Research Assistant, Dynamical Systems and Controls Laboratory : March 2023 - Present

  • Collaborating in the deployment of JHU ROV2 for its water testing, with a concentrated role in sensor fusion and control algorithms. Utilizing ROS and C++, to harmonize data from a Pro Scientific Quartz Depth Sensor and  INS System with gyros and accelerometers.

  • Direct involvement in prototype development, system troubleshooting, and debugging, significantly enhancing under- water intervention capabilities through advanced robotics and sensor integration.

Graduate Teaching Assistant : August - December 2023

  • Statistical Learning for Engineers: Delivered comprehensive instruction on supervised machine learning techniques such as neural networks, support vector machines, and linear/logistic regression. Conducted office hours to deepen students’ understanding of the mathematical principles underlying machine learning, with a focus on linear algebra and statistics. Provided feedback on assignments, emphasizing complex algorithms like Q-learning and Markov decision processes.

  • Robots, Sensors, and Actuators: Facilitated hands-on lab sessions to immerse students in working with essential electromechanical components including DC brushed motors, stepper motors, Hall-effect sensors, and encoders. Assessed student work on practical applications of electronic components and microcontroller programming, guiding the application of electromechanical concepts in broader engineering projects.

Mahindra and Mahindra (Automotive R&D)

Assistant Manager - Vehicle Integration Pune, India : Mar 2021 - Jun 2022

  • Spearheaded the mechanical design and system integration for an Electric Vehicle (EV) Pick-Up Truck, leading cross-disciplinary teams and applying systems engineering principles to optimize the vehicle architecture for manufacturability, assembly efficiency, and performance. This initiative marked the company’s first foray into the EV pick-up truck segment, blending innovation with meticulous engineering.

  • Played a pivotal role in the P112/P113 (1-2 Tonne Pick-Up Truck) mule build process, drastically cutting build time by over 70% through strategic resolution of design issues and optimization of component layout. My leadership ensured uninterrupted progress and adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols amid global supply chain disruptions, demonstrating agility and resilience in project management.

  • Directed comprehensive benchmarking analyses and conducted detailed physical teardowns to recalibrate vehicle performance metrics. My initiatives led to conversion of Voice of Customer into design input requirements and technical specifications, generating use cases, and developing test methods for system verification.

  • Innovated with the development of MATLAB algorithms designed to accurately estimate cargo weight based on engine load and predict fuel efficiency. These tools were instrumental in streamlining the product development cycle, enabling more informed and cost-effective engineering decisions, and substantially reducing the time to market for new vehicle models.

Mahindra University

Project Assistant Hyderabad, India : Nov 2020 - Feb 2021

  • Led the design and development of a cost-efficient vanadium-based Redox Flow Battery stack , demonstrating entrepreneurial spirit and technical proficiency in creating a low-cost, high-impact solution for energy storage research.

  • This was constructed using off-the-shelf components and with strategic material substitutions to minimize expenses. The project culminated in a significant 60% cost reduction, with the entire setup assembled for just 40,000 INR—far below the standard import cost of 1.8 Lakh INR.

  • Granted patent [Patent No. 202041048937] for the Portable Modular and Low-Cost Redox Flow Battery Stack, significantly impacting academic and industrial research by reducing the financial entry barrier for Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Research

Team Lead, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Hyderabad, India : Aug 2019 - Sep 2020

  • Spearheaded the conceptual design and system integration of Telangana’s first Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), leading a multidisciplinary team of 20 undergraduates in Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Science fields. Orchestrated synergistic balance among mechanical, electrical, and computational subsystems, utilizing SolidWorks for mechanical design and MATLAB for analytical calculations to optimize resource allocation.

  • Slashed project costs to 40% compared to counterparts like IIT-Bombay and IIITDM-Kancheepuram by securing and managing a budget of over 6 Lakh INR, leveraging cost-effective component selection.

  • Expedited the development cycle, completing a fully operational AUV in just 8 months compared to the 2-year timeline of counterpart colleges. Initiated a preliminary shift towards the Robotic Operating System (ROS) for future scalability.

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