Current Curriculum Vitae


2003: M.S. in Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
2001: B.E. in Electronics Engineering, University of Mumbai, India
1998: Diploma in Industrial Electronics, MSBTE, Mumbai, India

Awards and Honors

2013: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award (Northeast Region), Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
2013: Community Engagement and Scholarship Award, Penn State University
2012: Engineering Diversity Award, Penn State University
2011: Steered HESE to win the Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program Award from the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
2010: Lawrence J. Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award
2009: Ideablob Innovation in Teaching Entrepreneurship Award
2008: W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award
2006: One of two US delegates invited by UNESCO & Engineers for a Sustainable World to help establish an international ESW organization.
2001: J N Tata Endowment Fellowship for the higher education of Indians

Selected Grants

Ukweli Test Strips” Venture Well (Former NCIIA), Jan 2015 – Jul 2016, $25,000, Role: Co-PI
“HESE Affordable Greenhouses for Improved Livelihoods” USAID Securing Water for Food (SWFF), Nov 2014 – Oct 2017, $500,000, Role: Co-PI (Led by World Hope International)
“Affordable Greenhouses: Improving Livelihoods while Fostering Food Security and Sustainability”, EPA P3 Grant Program, Aug 2012 – Aug 2013, $15,000, Role: PI
“Affordable Greenhouses: Means for Improved Livelihoods and Food Security”, NCIIA Sustainable Vision Grant Program, Feb 2012 – Aug 2014, $39,850, Role: PI
“Social Entrepreneurship Course Development”, NCIIA Course Grant, Apr 2010 – Jun 2013, $10,000 planning grant + $29,000 Course Grant, Role: Principal Investigator
“Global Milking the Rhino: Innovative Solutions Showcase”, Marjorie Grant Whiting Center for Humanity, Arts and the Environment ($10,000), Johnson and Johnson ($10,000), Role: PI
“The Secret Life of Public Spaces”, Creative Campus Grant Initiative, Doris Duke Foundation, Jan 2011 – April 2012, $200,000, Role: Co-Investigator (Interdisciplinary team with faculty from Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Dance and Performing Arts)
“Mashavu: Networked Health Solutions for the Developing World”, NCIIA Sustainable Vision Grant Program, Feb 2009 – Jan 2013, $46,850, National Instruments Equipment Grant, $10,000, Numerous small grants, Role: Principal Investigator (co-PI: Peter Butler, BIOE)
“Assessment of the eplum model of student engagement”, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE), Penn State, Jan 2009 – Aug 2010, $15,709, Role: PI
“How Well-Networked Are Rural Women Agro-Entrepreneurs in Northern Tanzania? A Social Network Analysis Pilot Project”, Social Science Research Institute, Penn State University, $14, 520, Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Ladi Semali, Education; Other Investigators: Audrey Maretzki, Jill Findeis)
“From Research Lab to Product: Lab Automation Course to Enable Rapid Product Development”, NCIIA, Course and Program Development Grant to support “Sensor and Controller System Integration” Course, Oct 2006 – Apr 2009, $25,000, Role: Principal Investigator
“Sensor and Controller System Integration” course equipment grant, National Instruments, Oct 2006, Sept 2012, $50,000 (equipment), Role: Principal Investigator
“Design and Construction of a Hybrid Energy System in Kenya: The Precursor to a Manufacturing Capability”, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Advanced E-Team grant, March 2006 – Sept 2007, $12,000, Role: Principal Investigator

Service to the University

Co-Chair, Pathways Committee, Council on Engaged Scholarship, Penn State, 2013-2015
Co-Chair, Carnegie Elective Classification in Community Engagement Committee, Council on Engaged Scholarship, Penn State, 2013-2015
Member, Pilots Committee, Council on Engaged Scholarship, Penn State, 2013-2015
Member, Sustainable Communities Initiative, Penn State University, 2012-2015
Member, University Council on Engaged Scholarship, Penn State University, 2012-2014
Organizing Committee, Global Penn State Conference, October 2013
Chair of Identification Sub-Committee, Service Learning-Student Engagement Taskforce, Penn State, 2011-2012
Organizing Committee, Fulbright Global Food Security Conference, Penn State, March 2012
Member, Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge Advisory Committee, 2009-2012
Member, Fulbright Scholarship Committee, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Chair, Data Analysis and Signal Conditioning Session, COE Research Symposium, 2009, 2010

Service to the Profession

Associate Editor, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Contributing Editor, Engineering 4 Change
Program Committee, Mobile Communication for Development (M4D) Conference, Dakar, Senegal, April 2014
Program Committee, First International Symposium on Service Systems for Social Innovation, Warsaw, Poland, Sept 2014
Program Committee, Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact, Boston, May 2014
Advisory Panel, Recognition and Mentoring Program, Institut Pertanian Bogor (RAMP-IPB), Indonesia
General Co-Chair, Fourth International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE 2012), Seattle, October 2012 (Sponsored by IEEE and European Alliance for Innovation)
Program Committee, First International Symposium on Intelligent Mobile Technologies for Social Change (IMT4SC’09), Mragowo, Poland, October 2009
Reviewer for American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Conference Publications
Reviewer for International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering, Annals of Bioengineering, IFAMR, Technology in Society, and several other journals

Technology Consulting

“Control software for the Fiber Instrument Feed for the Medium Resolution Spectroscope at the Hobby Eberly Telescope”, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Penn State University, 2005-2006, $22,336, Role: Principal Investigator
“Roof Support Simulator for a long wall mine roof support control system”, United Mining Equipment, 2005, $4,000, Role: Principal Investigator
“Design of an ultra-low noise analog multiplexer and peak detector card for ultrasound transducers”, SecondWave Systems, Ultran Group, 2004-2005, $65,000, Role: Principal Investigator
“Spectrometer Data Acquisition and Analysis Suite to detect harmful bacteria in blood”, APD Life Sciences, 2003, $3,000, Role: Principal Investigator
“LabVIEW & FPGA Software Development for SmartResistor – Electronic Resistance Standard”, Ohm Labs, 2002-2007, Role: Co-Investigator