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Work experience

Jul 2007Present


McKinsey & Company
Formulated regional carbon strategy for a top-ten utility as part of McKinsey Climate Change Special Initiative o Estimated marginal costs of abating a ton of carbon in transport sector, e.g. hybrid vehicles, biofuels o Built NPV models to evaluate investments in clean technologies in US o Developed future scenarios of energy efficiency adoption, e.g. energy security focus, cap and trade focus, in the US and collaborated with NGO to present factbase to policy makers Analyzed global carbon abatement potential and prepared narratives for COP negotiations in Copenhagen o Counseled NGO on macro-economic implications of EU climate change policy o Benchmarked technologies with best-in-class and forecast future investments required to support low-carbon growth in developing countries such as India, China, Brazil, Mexico. o Prepared global best practice policy compendium on carbon mitigation o Led workshops with international climate negotiators at the UN Climate Change Summit on financing low-carbon growth Designed holistic product development strategy for key clients in Consumer goods, Telecommunication, Pharma and Industrial sector delivering annual profit of 15-20% o Prepared a low-cost business model for a global nutrition products manufacturer to launch infant food products in India (including product portfolio, manufacturing and supply chain design) o Developed ‘cleansheet’ cost models to estimate best-in-class manufacturing costs of products to support supplier negotiations o Integrated design innovation with customer insights to create end-to-end product development approach o Led capability-building workshops at a top-ten chemicals company on product development, delivering savings of 15% on a category spend of $ 30 M.
Aug 1999Jun 2007

Graduate Research Assistant

Doctoral research: Developed innovative technology to automate fabrication of thin elastomers more than doubling the production yield from 40% to 85% (US patent approved) Master’s Research: Collaborated with an industrial robotics research group and prototyped a virtual reality mockup of a manufacturing assembly plant (US patent approved)

Institute Committee representative

Sole representative of 6000+ graduate students on MIT's highest policy recommending committee Worked with a group of 12 senior MIT faculty members to recommend broad University-wide policy on education, research, recruiting and student community life.

Principal Investigator

MIT Microsoft iCampus Initiative: ShuttleTrack

Over a one year time period, co-led a group of student researchers to implement MIT ShuttleTrack – a web based tracking of the University Shuttle system which improved utilization, student safety and transport flexibility for the MIT Community. System was operational for five years until replaced with commercial service

May 2002Jul 2002

Summer Intern

Conceptualized a micro-robotics platform for inspection of aircraft engines (US patent pending) o Performed design verification in ProEngineer and Unigraphics o Created mechanical drawings with GD&T to obtain quotes from different manufacturing vendors.




Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research interests: Polymer film manufacturing, Interface separation mechanics, Peeling physics, Manufacturing automation, Computational/Analytical mechanics and Atomistic simulation techniques


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research interests: CAD/CAM, Computational geometry, Haptics, Virtual reality, 5-Axis machining, Manufacturing automation


Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Research interests: Twisting of fluid jets, FEA software development, Mechanics of cable-stayed bridges


Creative, goal-oriented, Business Management Professional with versatile experience in sustainability, climate change policy, clean technology strategy and product development implementation. Proven track record of creative problem solving and innovation in design, manufacturing, product development and sustainable city planning. Background includes general management, strategy, operations and new business development with a proven track record in technology innovation. A skilled negotiator who identifies synergies in complex settings and helps drive organizations towards long-term goals. Thrive in a results-oriented environment with focus on people as well as performance. Committed to pursuit of excellence, delivery of results and mentorship towards fellow colleagues .



·        MIT Karl T. Compton prize – highest student award at MIT (’05), for significant and sustained contributions spanning several years towards improving the quality of undergraduate and graduate student mentorship, campus residential life and student career development, e.g. Lead organizer for MIT Career Fair (2000, ‘01), Chairperson of MIT Graduate Student Leadership conference (’01), Leader of MIT Sidney-Pacific Graduate student community (2002-’07)

·        MIT William L. Stewart Jr prize for significant accomplishments in extra-curricular activities (‘05) for leading the two year effort to help MIT shape policy and programs around graduate student education, mentorship and professional development (’05)

·        MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Service award (’07) for sustained contributions to the department community spanning several years, e.g. Founder of Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers (2002), Leader of multiple presentations to department faculty and students on “How to improve advisor-advisee relationships” (2006-’07)

·        MIT Alumni Association Volunteer Honor Roll of Service (’07) for outstanding contributions to the MIT Alumni Club of Boston as VP of Volunteer Development

·        Commendation by the City of Cambridge for neighborhood outreach for leading a year long effort—SuPerkids science mentorship program and free tax preparation workshops for residents (’04)

·        MIT Presidential Fellowship, awarded to 30 within an incoming class of 1000 graduate students (1999)

·        IIT Madras Gold medalist for all-round academic performance (1999)

·        Certificate of Merit in Indian National Mathematics Olympiad Contest (1994)


  • ·Active leadership roles in philanthropic initiatives -- Raised $1000 for Multiple Sclerosis research (’08, ‘09) – and participated in the MS150 bike rides, riding 150 miles over a weekend.

  • Semi-pro photographer ( with exhibitions held in Boston, Cambridge and Chicago