MFF CARE Advisors

The Bhupat & Jyoti Mehta Family Foundation (MFF) has a very specific mission. The mission is to grow intellectual talent in India. The strategies to support this mission include creating new degree awarding schools in emerging fields.

Many of these new fields are conceptualized internationally. That it leads to another strategy. We must have collaborators from these organizations who can share their experiences and knowledge. They will be invaluable to guiding the growth of new schools, curriculum, research, and hiring.

This is the basis for the creation of the Collaborative for Academic and Research Excellence known as the CARE Team.

Members of CARE Team come from respected international universities. The members will work with selected Indian academic institutes. They work through the processes of creating a new school and degree programs.

Meet the MFF CARE Advisors

Dr. Pratim Biswas

Dean, College of Engineering, University of Miami

Pratim Biswas is dean of the University of Miami College of Engineering and a faculty member in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, with an affiliated appointment in the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Prior to joining the University of Miami, he was the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor and Chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Biswas received a PhD from the California Institute of Technology, an MS from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

For his exemplary contributions to the fundamentals of aerosol science and engineering, Dr. Biswas was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2019. He has won several teaching and research awards and was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Science, St. Louis in 2003 and a Fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research in 2009. In 2014, he was selected as a fellow of the International Aerosol Research Assembly; in 2017, he was elected fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering Science Professors. He is the current president of the International Aerosol Research Assembly (2018–22).

Dr. Biswas’s research and educational interests include aerosol science and engineering, nanoparticle technology, air quality engineering, environmentally benign energy production, combustion, materials processing for environmental technologies, environmentally benign processing, environmental nanotechnology, public health, and the thermal sciences.

Dr. Ananth Grama

Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science, Purdue University.

Ananth Grama’s research interests span parallel and distributed computing architectures, algorithms, and applications. His work on distributed infrastructure includes software support for dynamic clustered and multi-clustered environments. His recent work focuses on resource location and allocation mechanisms in peer-to-peer networks. His research on applications has focused on particle dynamics methods, their applications to dense linear system solvers, and fast algorithms for data compression and analysis.

Dr. Grama has authored several papers and co-authored a text book, Introduction to Parallel Computing: Design and Analysis of Algorithms, with Vipin Kumar, Anshul Gupta, and George Karypis. He is a member of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences and Sigma Xi.
Dr. Grama is the Samuel Conte Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. He also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Science of Information, a Science and Technology Center of the National Science Foundation. He joined Purdue in 1996 as an Assistant Professor and has been there since. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota (1996), an MS in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University (1990), and a B. Engg. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (1989). His primary research interests lie in broad areas of parallel and distributed computing, large-scale data analytics, design and simulation, and applications. Dr. Grama’s work has been recognized through a number of awards, including the NSF CAREER award (1998), Purdue University Faculty Scholar (2002), Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2014), Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Minnesota (2015), and Amazon Research Award (2021).

Dr. Rajesh K. Gupta

Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Embedded Microsystems, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Founding Director of the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, University of California San Diego.

Dr. Rajesh Gupta serves as the founding director of the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute and as a distinguished professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. Professor Gupta’s research is in embedded and cyber-physical systems with a focus on sensor data organization and its use in optimization and analytics. He currently leads NSF project MetroInsight and a co-PI on DARPA/SRC Center on Computing on Network Infrastructure (CONIX) with the goal to build a new generation of distributed cyber-physical systems that use city-scale sensing data for improved services and autonomy.

Dr. Gupta is a recipient of IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award, IEEE TCCPS Distinguished Leadership Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, two Departmental Achievement Awards, and a Components Research Team Award at Intel. Dr. Gupta and his students have received a best demonstration paper award at ACM BuildSys’16, best paper award at IEEE/ACM DCOSS’08, and a best demonstration award at IEEE/ACM IPSN/SPOTS’05. He  served as an advisor to Tallwood Venture Capital, RealIntent, Calypto and Packet Digital Corporation.

He also served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Design & Test of Computers and founding editor- in-chief of IEEE Embedded Systems Letters. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. Prof. Gupta holds the Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Embedded Microsystems at UC San Diego and the INRIA International Chair at the French International Research Institute in Rennes, Bretagne Atlantique. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the ACM, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


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Dr. Madhav Marathe

Division Director, Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing; Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity, Department of Computer Science, University of Virginia.

Madhav Marathe is an endowed Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity; director of the Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing Division, Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative; and a tenured professor of computer science at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Marathe is a passionate advocate and practitioner of transdisciplinary team science. During his 25-year professional career, he has established and led a number of large transdisciplinary projects. His areas of expertise are network science, artificial intelligence, high- performance computing, computational epidemiology, biological and socially coupled systems, and data analytics. 

Dr. Marathe’s prior positions include professor of computer science and director of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory within the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech and research and computing team leader in the Basic and Applied Simulation Science group, Computer and Computational Sciences Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Marathe has published more than 350 articles in peer reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops.

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Dr. Ajayan Pulickel

Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering; Professor of MSNE and Chemistry, Rice University. 

Ajayan Pulickel earned a B. Tech in metallurgical engineering from Banaras Hindu University in 1985 and a PhD in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University in 1989. After three years of post-doctoral experience at NEC Corporation in Japan, he spent two years as a research scientist at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Orsay, in France and nearly a year and a half as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Metallforschung, Stuttgart, in Germany. In 1997, he joined the materials science and engineering faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as an assistant professor and was the Henri Burlage chair Professor in Engineering until he left RPI in 2007. He joined the mechanical engineering and materials science department of Rice University, as the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering in July 2007. Since 2014, he has served as the founding chair of the new department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University.

Dr. Pulickel’s research interests include synthesis and structure-property relations of nanostructures and nanocomposites, materials science and applications of nanomaterials, energy storage, and phase stability in nanoscale systems. He is one of the pioneers in the field of carbon nanotubes. He has published one book and more than 1,000 journal papers.

Dr. Shankar Subramaniam

Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Computer Science & Engineering, Cellular & Molecular Medicine, and Nano Engineering, University of California San Diego. 

Shankar Subramaniam is a professor of bioengineering, bioinformatics and systems biology; computer science and engineering; cellular and molecular medicine; and nanoengineering. He was chair of the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) Bioengineering Department from 2008 to 2013.  He holds the inaugural Joan and Irwin Jacobs Endowed Chair in Bioengineering and Systems Biology. He was the founding director of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program at UC San Diego. He holds adjunct professorships at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He is a professor at the Center for Cardiovascular Bioinformatics and Modeling at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to moving to UC San Diego, Dr. Subramaniam was a professor of biophysics, biochemistry, molecular and integrative physiology, chemical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, as well as the director of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and co-director of the W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Dr. Subramaniam is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and recipient of Smithsonian Foundation and Association of Laboratory Automation Awards. In 2013, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2002, he received the Genome Technology All Star Award. In 2008, he was awarded the Faculty Excellence in Research Award at UC San Diego. In 2011, he was appointed as a Distinguished Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. His research spans several areas of bioinformatics and systems biology.

Dr. Shyni Varghese

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, and Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University.

Shyni Varghese has a triple appointment in the Duke University departments of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Orthopedics Surgery. 

A new initiative of the Pratt School of Engineering and Duke School of Medicine, Duke MEDx seeks to enhance and form new collaborations between doctors and engineers. Dr. Varghese is the first MEDx investigator.

A leader in the field of biomaterials and stem cells, Dr. Varghese focuses her research in three major areas: musculoskeletal tissue repair, disease biophysics, and organ-on-a-chip technology. She received her PhD from India’s National Chemical Laboratory in 2002.