Experts

Greg Acuna

Greg Acuna has an unusual combination of business and creative experience writing, directing and producing mediaprojects, managing complex ventures for major companies and is a serial entrepreneur. He has a degree in political science from University of Southern California and a Masters degree in playwriting from San Francisco State University. He has written/directed one feature film, co-written two other produced features, been a script doctor on several projects, directed an  animation/ live-action TV pilot as well as plays for the theatre. Other accomplishments include several productions of his plays, poetry published in four countries, composing songs, directing music videos and writing two novels. He has taught screenwriting at the university level, written articles for animation magazines and judged film festivals including “Chitrakatha” at India’s prestigious National Institute of Design. He has also been a consultant for Paramount Pictures, Exchange Cubed, Arthur Anderson, CNA and others. In business he specializes in assisting companies with strategy including putting difficult IT projects back on track.
Greg is originally from Los Angeles, but has lived in Goa for over 16 years. His company Earthlings Infotech is creating “Zarbul” a cooperative educational gaming platform to empower children to change the world. They have also developed the “Acting Kindly” app/game and will soon be releasing a printed card game version called “Acting Kindly in School.

Anand S P

Anand started his career as a research scholar and is currently, Associate Professor, leading the research group pursuing gravity and magnetic studies at Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Mumbai. He received M. Sc. (Tech.) degree in Marine Geophysics from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala and Ph. D. from University of Mumbai. Post Ph.D., association with airborne geophysical company in Canada exposed him to the new innovative techniques and processing methodology in the field of airborne magnetic and radiometric surveying.  Research interest of Dr.Anand includes studying the magnetic & gravity signatures of the lithosphere for exploration, hazard and geodynamics through a combination of satellite, aero, ground & marine magnetic and gravity data. His thesis formed the basis for the generation of (for the first time) a crustal magnetic anomaly map of India and its contiguous areas. Dr.Anand was one among the two participants from India selected by Kyoto University to attend the International Summer School KAGI 21(Kyoto University Active Geosphere Investigation) held in Indonesia. He has been invited by various organizations to provide lectures / training programs in the processing and interpretation of magnetic anomalies for structural mapping and resource evaluation. He is member of various national and international bodies and has several publications in peer reviewed journals in addition to being reviewer of several national and international journals.

TR Ananthnarayanan

TR Ananthnarayan has spent several years involved in the study and practice of the various aspects of Indoor Free Flight Aero-modelling. He provides consultancy to plan strategies and execute workshops/events in the various categories of indoor free flight aero-modelling around India and abroad. He also conducts training for instructors who can then go on to conduct workshops in their respective regions, in order to create a larger pool of indoor free flight aero-modellers.

Sharmishta Banerjee

She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2005 from University of Hyderabad. She worked at Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, India, and later continued her postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory of Transcriptional Biology on mechanisms of Rho-dependent termination in E.coli. She worked briefly at Molecular Cardiology Unit, Lerner Research Institute, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA on role of integrins in prostate cancer metastasis.

She is the recipient of Young Scientist Award 2005 from the Indian National Science Academy, BioAsia Innovation Award 2008 from Bio Asia – The Global Bio Business Forum and Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award 2011 from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India.

Currently as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, she primarily teaches Immunology and Enzymology along with various topics on Infectious diseases.

Pinak Dange

Nitin Ghatpande

Former Group Director, Power System Group, ISRO Satellite, Bangalore. Served ISRO in various capacities till October, 2015, and had major contributions in the field of Spacecraft Power Electronics. Given various presentations on Mars Mission and on Hindu Panchang over the last few years.

 

Manish Jain

Manish Jain graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1993) with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He also finished a few courses at Stanford. He currently works at the IUCAA Science Center in Pune making short films on interesting research, designing toys and activities, conducting workshops and teacher training, and making popular science films. Prior to IUCAA, he worked in the area of chip design for 19 years at Synopsys in Bangalore and Mountain View, California. Most recently he was a Director R&D leading the Low Power Simulation efforts. Manish has always had a passion for science and in 2013 he decided to spend all his energies to bring back the gleam in the eyes, to make learning joyous. Manish spends a lot of time these days looking at the science behind the simple toys in the videos and is passionate about sharing the magic with people.

Manish currently heads CLI. The motive of CLI is helping school teachers and students with hands-on, experiential education, the Creative Learning Initiative (CLI) at IIT Gandhinagar aims to provide a space and environment where learning can be joyous and lead to conceptual understanding. Apart from the school community, the initiative engages with students of IIT Gandhinagar as well, and also collaborates with faculty to help with improving the classroom experience by devising appropriate demonstrations and projects. CLI currently working with almost 500 KVS schools and 274 Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Middle Schools.

He is very interested in making esoteric science/research pedantic so that it can reach general populace
and can speak in their language. He has a few popular animated films in Earth Science/Astronomy.
Manish firmly believes this approach can revolutionize learning since toys speak the language that
children understand. He can be reached at manish.jain@gmail.com

 

Nishant Jain

 

Sriramji Jyotishi

Sriramji Jyotishi is a visiting professor at Mahahatma Gandhi Ayurved college, Wardha, Maharashtra. Before that he retured from  Shri Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur, after serving there for 36 yr as Assistant Professor.  He provided evidences to the Ayurveda principles, through Chem./Biochem./in vitro/in vivo experiments based M.D.(Ayu.) projects, totaling 73 till date, such as:

Animal model for Shadaras Siddhanta, Agneya dravya and body development. Agneya        dravya and Paka Kriya, Panchmahabhautic environment and plant growth, Dhoopan effecting biological and biochemical factors, Colorimetric method to study Twak Snigdhata , Laghu and Guru guna of Ahar dravya, studies regarding Tulsi added to  cooked food and water, Vipak in vitro, standardization with respect to Ayurvedic parameter and SOP, Vish and antidote Etc. along with several research papers,  articles and monographs in API,.

He was Project officer for Ayu. Pharmacopoeia; Principal Investigator for standards of Cow urine – IIT New Delhi and prepared kits for testing-   (1) Vermi-compost, soil and Bio-manure, and (2) Standards of Cow urine.

He worked out toxins-testing in crop for the project of Indian school students, ‘Shireen’ (Centre point School, Nagpur.), for which she received Silver medal in US. Further he studied change in microbial flora in soil for her crop, for which she received Bronze medal in US.

He designed/fabricated/assembled 20 instruments/apparatus most economically, few of them are, Modified Clevenger Apparatus, Total solid determination assembly, Colorimeter for phenol assay in gomutra.  Semi-micro precipitate-measurement apparatus, Tracer for macroscopy, etc.

He is Patron- Vijnana Bharati, Vidarbha; Trustee- World Ayu. Foundn, Bengaluru. & Patron- NASYA; Member- Governing Council, Vijnana Bharati, Bharat,(2012 -2014 and 2016 onwards).

He was President-Vijnana Bharati, Vidarbha,(2007-2016) Secratory- Vijnana Bharati, Bharat (2010–12).

He has been honoured with 1) Dhanwantri Puraskar-1998; 2) Dhanwantri Puraskar-2000; 3)  Dr. Pradeep Tiwari Ayu Puraskar-2008; 4) Go seva-Vishwa Go gram yatra Samman; 5) MEDSCAPEIndia Award 2012 ; 6) Dhanwantri Sanman– 2013; 7) Felicitation -Teachers Day 2014. 8) Honored as Chairman for Baidyanath annual Dhanvantari-Triyodashi National Award Ceremony –  2014.

 

 

Rama Jayasundar

Rama Jayasundar is one of the most erudite, articulate and widely travelled ambassadors of ayurveda today. She acquired her PhD in NMR (Physics) from Cambridge University, UK, in 1990 and has been on the faculty of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) since 1993. Between 2002 and 2008, she took 5½ years leave from AIIMS to pursue a BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) degree from Chennai. Her area of specialization is Biomedical NMR – Radio-frequency (RF) coil designing and building, RF pulse sequence programming, clinical imaging and spectroscopy, Neuroscience applications of MR. She has wide experience in both experimental and clinical MRI and spectroscopy. She developed indigenously, a low cost RF transmitter / receiver coil for clinical use, for which she received the Young Scientist Award. During her stint as a visiting Professor at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany, she worked on functional MRS techniques. She has a number of research publications, awards and honours to her credit. Using her vantage position as a physicist and an ayurvedic physician, she is currently involved in scientific research in ayurveda, its concepts, methods, pharmacology and clinical practices using NMR, MRI and a number of analytical techniques. She is also actively engaged in dissemination of knowledge of the science behind ayurveda.

 

Nandan Kudhyadi

Nandan Kudhyadi has more than sixty-five documentaries to his credit on varied subjects. Several of them have won top national awards, and have been screened at various international film festivals like Cinema du Reel, Tokyo, Brussels, Vancouver, Pusan, Hawaii, Karlovy Vary and others.

His much talked about film RASAYATRA has won the Golden Lotus National Award for the Best Non-feature Film of the year 1995, for ‘its sensitive and imaginative transposition of music, into a dignified cinematic expression’. It also won the Jury’s Special Mention at the Brussels festival. It was chosen for the NHK Asian Film Festival at Tokyo, as also for the INDOMANIA Festival at Paris. It has traveled all over the world as part of the NETPAC Asian Discovery Selection -1996.

Nandan Kudhyadi graduated in Fine Arts before specializing in film direction at the famous Film & Television Institute of India at Pune. He has worked with celebrated international filmmakers like Michelangelo Antonioni and Krzysztof Zanussi, apart from Mani Kaul and Ketan Mehta.

His cinema has the excitement and energy of a new generation of filmmakers, who are tackling contemporary issues with new perspectives and a keen insight into Indian culture and society.

BIOGRAPHY of Nandan Kudhyadi

Mahesh Kulkarni

Mahesh Kulkarni is maths teacher at Swami Vivekanand Vidyalaya, Aurangabad, Maharastra. His area of expertise includes mathematics teaching and Vedic mathematics. He has participated in Maths Samikshan Workshop and has helped in publication of books on Vedic mathematics.

 

Onkar Kulkarni

Onkar Kulkarni is currently pursuing engineering in Aeronautical engineering. He’s extremely enthusiastic about Aeronautical engineering and has worked on various projects related to aeronautics. He won a popular choice award in Climate CoLab 2016, a climate change conference in aviation industry organized at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

 

Surendra Kulkarni

Ramesh Kumar

Shekar Mande

He currently as Director leads India’s premier research organisation, National Centre for Cell Science, Pune. He is a distinguished International scientist in the field of Cell Science

Awards:

  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Biological Sciences, 2005
  • B M Birla Young Scientist Award, 1999

Academic Interests:

  • Proteins structure and function
  • Biology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, probed through structural analysis of proteins, various biophysical and biochemical approaches
  • Applications of Graph Theory to large scale protein interaction networks
  • Computational methods to analyse large-scale biological data

Deepak Pathania

Industrial Designer from NID, Ahmedabad (graduated: 1995) and a compulsive hands-on inventor/problem solver.

In Mumbai from 1995, started Design Intervention in 1998 and started the Goa branch studio in Feb 2012.

Founder and Creative Director of:

  • Design Intervention (i) Pvt. Ltd. – www.designintervention.biz
    • A multidisciplinary design and execution firm.
  • D’Art of Science – www.youtube.com/dartofscience
    • Creating Innovative science/DIY based products and presentations packaged as videos with TV standards of production.
  • Sci-FI: Science Festival of India  – www.scifiindia.com
    • A unique multi-city science fair likened to a Science Center on the move.

Other engagements:

  • Visiting faculty to NID Ahmedabad (across courses in Furniture, Transportation and Lifestyle & Accessory Design programs till date),.
  • Jury member for DFC http://www.dfcworld.com/india/node.aspx?nid=641&Country=17
  • Member of the Education Committee of GCCI
  • Management Committee Member of the Margao ITI
  • Jury member for “Industrial Design Trophy” for NASA (National Association of the Students of Architecture) (2013 & 2014).
  • At Goa College of Architecture designed a new orientation program in 2012, which has been continued till date.

Team Phoenix

Team Phoenix is society of robotic enthusiasts from Goa registered under the Societies Registration; Govt. of Goa. Team Phoenix is involved mainly in the field of Competitive robotics and have achieved podium finish in many State and National level Robotics Competitions. IIT Madras, GEC Spectrum, BITS PILANI Goa are few notable victories.
Team Phoenix also conduct Workshops on programmable robots, Combat Robots, Embedded Systems and Internet of Things for school and college students in Goa have crossed the mark of 1000 students from various Goan schools and engineering colleges.

Team Phoenix represented India with their 120lb (54.5 kg) category wireless Combat robot, first robot from the state of Goa and amongst only 40 teams across world which participated in the International Robowars Competition at TECHFEST 2017 , the annual quarterfinalist and Ranked 5th at International Robotics Challenge.

Team Phoenix with high winning rate, quick learning and unending quest for excellence is the leading robotics team in Goa and also amongst the top teams in India.

 

Arvind C. Ranade

Arvind C. Ranade is a scientist working for Astronomy and Space Science Communication and Popularization in Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He did his Ph D in Astronomical Spectroscopy from Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. He has contributed through research papers and research reports. He is actively involved in writing popular articles and scientific columns in print media and also contributes as a subject expert in various electronic media. He is involved in the publications and production of audio and video programme on astronomy in Vigyan Prasar. He has conducted more than 150 workshops and conferences on astronomy and space sciences including telescope making at national and regional level. He has been honoured with Lilabai Pitkar Award for the first rank in the Department of Space Sciences of University of Pune in year 2000. He has been awarded with “Aacharya Shree” by Vipin Joshi Foundation of Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh in September 2013. He represented India in the International Conferences in Poland, Columbia and Qatar. He was the coordinator of First National Science Film Festival and Competition conducted by Vigyan Prasar. He was the coordinator of Largest Practical Science Lesson Event of breaking Guinness Book of World Record by conducting Chemistry Practical by 2,000 students during India International Science Festival in 2015. Presently, he looks after the network of Science Clubs VIPNET programme of Vigyan Prasar. He is a life member of Astronomical Society of India, Meteorological Society of India and Indian Science Congress Association.

Prajwal Rao

Everyone cannot visit planetarium and experience the amaze of night sky. So Prajwal Rao thought to build something innovative and affordable. Prajwal Rao is pursuing Masters in physics at Manasagangothri university of Mysore. Innovative mind of Prajwal thought to build a planetarium which is transportable and affordable to all the local schools and colleges. And he started working on his idea. Every great success comes with a failure. His first model did not work but stubborn minded Prajwal did not give up and he built a portable planetarium in the year 2014-15. After building the conveyable planetarium Prajwal decided to visit the schools and colleges in Mysore for presentation on Solar system and gave session about the planetarium. Prajwal not only gave the presentation but through his sessions he cleared all the small doubts of students. Till now Prajwal has reached more than 2000 students. He explored his sessions to all the nearby places of Mysore. In the presentation, he shows the night view of sky and what exactly happens out there in the sky. Clearing all the misconceptions about astronomy and astrology is one of the prior objects of Prajwal’s presentations. He wants to eradicate the pseudoscience facts. 

 

Ramakant Sarode

Ramakant Sarode is maths teacher at Dharmaveer Sambhaji Vidyalay, Aurangabad, Maharastra. His area of expertise includes mathematics teaching and Vedic mathematics. He is also a member of Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum research and has contributed in various mathematics textbooks in Maharashtra state board. He has participated in National Vedic Maths conference held in Vijayvada, AP 2017 and has conducted various workshops on Vedic Mathematics.

 

VSS Sastry

VSS Sastry has interest in origami and teaching maths through origami. He has written more than 10 books on mathematics, origami and science, noteworthy being “Origami fun and mathematics” and one on “Vignana Vyanga”. He’s also interested in low cost aerodynamics and palm held aeroplanes. He has conducted various workshops and inspiring lectures on mathematics, origami, working models of Jantar Mantar, cartooning. He was honored at Japan Habba and also Kannada Sahitya Parishad. He also holds limca record for higher unit origami sculptures.

Ryan Vaz

 

Experts of SCIFFI 2017

Dr Arvind C. Ranade

 

Dr. Mandar Bhanushe

 

Dr. Sharmistha Banerjee

 

Dr. Shekhar C. Mande

 

Deepak Pathania