MIT-WPU Leadership

Dr. Jay P. Gore
Principal Advisor

Dr. Jay P. Gore is the Director of the Energy Center in Discovery Park. He is also the Vincent P. Reilly Professor in Mechanical Engineering. He served as a Research Fellow in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland prior to joining Purdue as an Associate Professor. Prof. Dr. Gore received early promotions to the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering and to the Chair Professorship.He is a past Chairman of the Central States Section of the International Combustion Institute and the ASME K11 Committee on Heat Transfer in Fire and Combustion. He has served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and was the U.S. Editor of the 28th International Combustion Symposium. Prof. Dr. Gore currently serves as an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal. He has received the Best Paper in Heat Transfer Literature Award from ASME and a Presidential Young Investigator Award. He has also received Faculty Fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education and the U. S. Department of Energy.

Prof. Dr. Gore’s research is in the area of combustion and radiation heat transfer with applications to pollutant reduction, efficiency enhancements, fire safety, and improved fundamental understanding. He has received over $10M in research funding and is currently serving as the PI for grants over $1M in gas turbine combustion and radiation heat transfer applications. He is applying infrared radiation sensing knowledge to a wide range of problems including Bio Heat Transfer, Food Science, and Optical Biopsy in collaboration with a large group of multidisciplinary scientists and physicians. His areas of interest include- Combustion, Turbulent reacting flows and pollutant reduction, Radiation Heat Transfer, and Biomedical heat transfer and fluid flows. He has authored or coauthored over 100 archival papers, 4 book chapters, and 175 conference papers. Prof. Dr. Gore has developed/revised 2 courses (Combustion and Advanced Combustion) at Purdue University and three courses in heat transfer and thermodynamics at the University of Maryland.

Mr. Anand Sudarshan
Founder & Director of Sylvant Advisors Pvt. Ltd.
Vice-Chairman of EDGE’s Vision Group.
Member of CII’s & FICCI’s National Committees on Education

Anand Sudarshan is the Founder & Director of Sylvant Advisors Private Limited. Anand is also an independent director at NIIT. Till June 2012, he was Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of MaGE, where he has had a distinguished career since May 2006.

He currently advises companies & entities in the education sector, and is also a fund advisor with TVS Capital Funds. He is active in supporting Government of India in policy formulation, and is a member of select Committees & Task Forces of the Planning Commission of India as well as the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Prior to his stint at MaGE, he was President, Adea International (a wholly owned subsidiary of Adea Solutions, Inc, Dallas TX), responsible for all global businesses of the IT Services & Solutions company.

In 1989 Anand co-founded The Microland Group and for almost 14 years he was part of the team that built it into one of the leading privately held Indian technology company’s chain.

V. G. Narayanan
Sr. Management Faculty,
Harvard Business School,
Ph. D in Business & MA in Economics,
Stanford University

V. G. Narayanan is the Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and has taught in several MBA, doctoral, and executive-education programs there since he joined the faculty in 1994. His research interests include executive compensation, control and coordination issues in supply chains, and activity-based costing and management.

Professor Narayanan did his Ph.D. in Business Administration, MA in Economics, and MS in Statistics at Stanford University. He received his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad).

Professor Narayanan has published in the Contemporary Accounting Research, The Harvard Business Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Cost Management, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and the Management Science. He has worked with many companies and authored a number of cases. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He serves on the board of directors of Leader Bank and the board of trustees of Fessenden School.

Dr. K. E. Seetharam
Founding Director,
Global Asia Institute,
Senior Engineering Faculty
at National University of Singapore ent Computer Scientist

Dr. Seetharam worked to develop and strengthen knowledge and data gathering and distribution across ADB to help spur innovative solutions to the varied development challenges in Asia. Between 2008 and 2012, he was on secondment to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University Singapore, where Dr. Seetharam was visiting professor and founding director of the Institute of Water Policy and the NUS-Global Asia Institute.

Mr. Nanik K. Rupani
Roopmeck Electricals Pvt. Ltd. & Chairman Emeritus,
Priyadarshni Academy

Mr. Rupani is the Chairman of Neutron Electronics Pvt. Ltd. which is reputed as a pioneer in providing state-of the art communication technology solutions and excellent customer care support. Neutron is the Polycom accredited Global Research Partner executing international Polycom installations in India. Neutron was the first to introduce video conferencing in India. It has pioneered in introducing Key Telephone Systems under the brand name of Meltron and had the most important customers in the country including leading corporates, Central Ministries and State Ministries.

Neutron is willing to tie up in Telecom field and it can also provide support to MNCs in customer care and also Sales Service. Neutron provides total Communication Solutions.

Mr. Nanik Rupani is also the Founder Chairman and now Chairman Emeritus of Priyadarshni Academy, a prominent NGO which provides educational scholarships to needy and deserving students, promotes the Indian classical performing arts among the youth, presents literary awards in four Indian languages, spreads ancient Indian wisdom to an international audience and has a biennial Global Awards program which has been called by many Indian leaders as India’s Nobel. Martin Luther King, Jr. III was an American awardee.

Mr. Rupani has the rarest of distinctions of addressing the Central Hall of Parliament on August 20, 1993 when the Academy paid tribute to the nation’s beloved leader, late Mr. RAJIV GANDHI, by presenting a life-size portrait of late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi to Mr. Shivraj Patil, speaker of the Lok Sabha, to be installed in the Central Hall of Parliament, New Delhi.