Dr. Jay P. Gore
Principal Advisor

Dr. Jay P. Gore (an AIAA Fellow, 2009; an ASME Fellow; 2006; and a U. S. Presidential Young Investigator Award winner; 1991) is the Vincent P. Reilly Professor in Mechanical Engineering with courtesy appointments in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Gore holds a Post-Doctoral Certificate from the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Ph.D. and an M. S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and the B. E. Mechanical Engineering with first rank and Gold Medal from the University of Pune, India. His contributions to Higher Education were recognized by the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra in India in 2016. Dr. Gore was inducted into the Purdue Innovator Hall of Fame in 2014. Also, in 2014, McMaster University recognized him with a Café X award and Purdue University presented him the Discovery in Mechanical Engineering award and the Celebration of Faculty Career award. He received a nano-materials panelist award from the Materials Research Society in 2013. Purdue recognized his teamwork with an award for founding the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program in 2012. He served as a Jefferson Science Fellow within the Department of State in 2010-11 and remained on call until 2015.
Dr. Gore is serving as the Associate Head of Graduate Education within the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and with Purdue approval, he has served as the Principal Transformation Advisor and Vice Chancellor at Maharashtra Institute of Technology, World Peace University (MIT WPU), Pune, India during 2016 and 2017 and is currently serving as the Principal Advisor to MIT WPU. Dr. Gore was the founding Director of the Energy Center in Discovery Park at Purdue. 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 (1987-1991) prior to joining Purdue as an Associate Professor. Dr. Gore received early promotions to the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering and to the Chair Professorship. Jay 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. Dr. Gore has served as an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal. He has served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. He was the U.S. Editor of the 28th International Combustion Symposium. He has received the Best Paper in Heat Transfer Literature Award from ASME. He has also received Faculty Fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education and the U. S. Department of Energy.
Jay’s research is in the area of combustion and radiation heat transfer with applications to CO2 emissions reduction, pollutant reduction, efficiency enhancements, fire safety, and improved fundamental understanding. He has received over $20M in research funding and is currently serving as the PI for grants in gas turbine combustion, sprays and fire safety. He has advised the PhD dissertations of 30 students and MS theses of over 50 students. He has applied infrared radiation sensing knowledge to a wide range of multidisciplinary problems in aerospace, power, and medical diagnostics areas. He has authored or coauthored over 150 archival papers, 4 book chapters, and 250 conference papers.

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
Chairman,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.