People

Analysts
 
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Saikat MaitiKalpana PardeshiSagar GawadeM. DhananjayanNithin Mankar
 
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S. Rashmita PatroRajamohanSalmanul FarisJyoti TirodkarYognandham
 

Supervisors
 
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Suman KumarSharad Shingade

Founding Partner
 
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Dr. Priam Pillai

NYU Urban Expansion Program Headquarters
 
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Dr. Paul RomerDr. Shlomo AngelDr. Brandon FullerPatrick Lamson-Hall

Other Affiliates
 
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Manuel Madrid

Saikat
Saikat Maiti
Analyst
smaiti@mes.ac.in

Mr. Saikat Maiti is an Image analyst at the UXO, India. He completed his bachelor degree (2010) from University of Calcutta, Kolkata and masters (2012) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in Geography. His masters project was entitled “Avulsion of River Jalangi and Formation of Cut-off”. Before joining the UXO, he joined as trainee at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), ISRO, Dehradun for mid career training course on Geoinformation science and Earth Observation with specialization on Natural Hazard and Disaster Risk Management (JEP of IIRS and ITC, Netherlands). During his post graduate diploma (2013-2014) at IIRS he developed a project entitled “Development of Hydrological Tool for Flood Peak Estimation Using Open Source Geospatial Tool”. Saikat Maiti has doing a general project entitled “A Geo-environmental Appraisal of the Paro Dzong, Bhutan”. He also completed a certificate course on Natural Hazard and Disaster Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He recently resides at Panvel, Navi Mumbai.

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Kalpana Pardeshi
Analyst
kpardeshi@mes.ac.in

Miss. Kalpana Pardeshi is a postgraduate in M.Sc. (Geoinformatics) from University of Pune, Pune. She obtained her postgraduate degree in M.A. (Geography) from University of Pune. She also has completed an advanced course on “Geoweb Services-Technology and Applications” conducted by IIRS (Indian Institute of Remote Sensing) on March 2013. She has good command in various software such as ArcGIS 9.3, ERDAS Imagine 9.2, ArcView GIS 3.2a, Autodesk Map 5, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-Geo-RAS toolbar. She has awareness of equipment such as Garmin GPS-72. She has delivered expert lectures at National Water Academy, Pune. She has attended and presented papers at various national conferences. Her areas of interest include Coastal and Applied Geomorphology, Flood Modeling, Watershed Management, Drought, Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS.

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Sagar
Sagar Gawade
Analyst
svgawade@mes.ac.in

Mr. Sagar Gawade obtained his M.A. degree in Geography from University of Pune, Pune. Subsequently, he obtained his postgraduate degree in M.Sc. (Geoinformatics) from University of Pune, Pune. He also has completed an advanced course on “Geoweb Services-Technology and Applications” conducted by IIRS (Indian Institute of Remote Sensing) on March 2013. He has completed an advanced diploma in Computer Designing, Accounting and Programming. He has attended and presented papers in various national conferences and has delivered expert lectures at National Water Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune. He has expertise in GIS and RS applications in Water, Land Use Land Cover, Electricity Mapping and Road Mapping. In addition to above, he has good profeciency in various software such as ArcGIS 9.3, ERDAS Imagine 9.2, Autodesk Map 5, ArcView GIS 3.2a, HEC-RAS, HEC-Geo-RAS, HEC-HMS.

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M. Dhananjayan
Analyst
mdhananjayan@mes.ac.in

Mr. M. Dhananjayan is an Image Analyst at UXO – India Urban Expansion Observatory, Mahatma Education Society, Navi Mumbai. He received his B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering and M.Tech. in Remote Sensing in Anna University. After which he became a project associate (GIS) in the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chennai. He is responsible for digitization, mapping, analysis and MIS Integration in GIS. After his 1.5 years of career in NITTTR as project associate (GIS), he has joined as an Image Analyst at UXO-India, Navi Mumbai. Apart from as a Project Associate he conducted GIS Training Classes for Overseas Training Course Participants in NITTTR, Chennai. Currently he resides in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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Mankar
Nithin Mankar
Analyst
nmankar@mes.ac.in

Mr. Nithin Mankar completed M.Sc. Geoinformatics from University of Pune, Pune. He has completed research on “Spatio Temporal Analysis in Daund Tahsil from Geography Department of Pune University, under the guidance of Dr. B.C. Vaidya. He was working with TomTom India Pvt. Ltd, as Digital Cartographer.  He has completed an advanced training course on “Geoweb Services – Technology and Applications” conducted by IIRS, Dehradun and  has presented paper entitled “Problem of agriculture in Pargaon village”, in the National Seminar on Problem and Prospect of Agricultural Development in India organized by Department of Geography, Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Collage, Kolhapur, Hupari.

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S. Rashmita Patro
Analyst
srpatro@mes.ac.in

S. Rashmita Patro completed her B.Sc.(IT) from Kuvempu University, Karnataka in 2009 and simultaneously completed GNIIT from NIIT. She began her career in 2010 at COWI INDIA Pvt. Ltd. in Gurgaon, Haryana as GIS associate and worked as a Quality Manager at her company. She was one of the key members of an organization which is working with simulation projects using GIS, LiDAR and Mobile mapping for the first time in India.

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Rajamohan
Rajamohan
Analyst
mrrajamohan@mes.ac.in

Mr. Rajamohan is an Image Aanlyst at UXO-INDIA. He has acquired his M.Tech. degree in Remote Sensing from Anna University, Chennai in 2015 and B.Tech. degree in Geotechnology and Geoinformatics from Bharathidasan University, Trichy in 2013 and. He did his project dissertations on “Remote Sensing Based Geomorphological Investigations and Evaluation of Erosion / Acccretion Pattern Along the Southern Karnataka Coast” and ” Landslide Hazard Zonation Using Geospatial Technology in parts of Kodaikanal Hill Region, Tamilnadu, He underwent training on Surveying at PG and Research Department of Geology, National College, Trichy, open source web GIS at Anna University, Chennai and AutoCAD civil 3D Program conducted by Capricot Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. He undergone in plant Training on Mining at SAIL India Ltd., Salem and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) Cauvery Asset- Karaikal and attended workshop in the ISRO-NRSC sponsored “Bhuvan” which held at Bangalore University and Flood Inundation Mapping and Damage Assessment” conducted by Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management(CDMM), VIT University, Vellore. Following this, he participated and presented papers on the title Groundwater Potential Zone in hard rock region of Salem using Remote Sensing and GIS and Mineral exploration Using Remote Sensing Techniques. Published his research paper on “Landslide Hazard Zonation Using Geospatial Technology in Parts of Kodaikanal Hill Region, Tamilnadu, India” in Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference 2014, Dept of Geology, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, ISBN 9788192344928. He have hands on experience with Total station, Mobil GPS, Resistivity survey and Ground water depth indicator. He is more enthusiastic to work in Geospatial domain. He has good proficiency in various software like ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, Global Mapper, Erdas Imagine, ENVI. His area of interest include watershed management, urban sprawl, coastal geomorphology and disaster mitigation management.

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Salmanul-Faris
Salmanul Faris
Analyst
salmanulfc@mes.ac.in

Mr. Salmanul Faris is working as an image analyst with UXO India. He finished his BA Geography from Calicut University in Kerala and MSc Applied Geography from Bharathiar University in Tamil Nadu, Also he received Certified Course in GIS & Remote Sensing from M.G. University in Kerala and B.Ed. in Geography from Kerala University. Before joining with UXO, he worked as a Remote sensing and GIS Engineer in Excel Geomatics Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi since April 2014 to May 2015. During this period he has done different projects like land use and land cover clutters from different countries .He also done some projects like, GIS and Remote sensing based approach for the Regional Planning and Spatio – temporal changes on demographic characteristics in 2001–2011, in case study of Tamil Nadu during his academic period. He is interested in playing and watching sports and listening music.

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Jyoti-Tirodkar-
Jyoti Tirodkar
Analyst
jtirodkar@mes.ac.in

Ms. Jyoti Tirodkar received her post graduate from IIT Bombay and completed her bachelors degree from Mumbai Unviersity. She worked on Shoreline Management and Planning of Mumbai coast through geoinformatics tools as a part of masters thesis. She started her carrer in year 2009 in telecom company as a project engineer. She has 1 year teaching experience in an engineering college. She has expertise in project planning, Arc GIS, ERDas Imagine, EnviSat. She has presented papers in various international and national conferences and journals.

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Yognandham
Yognandham
Analyst
yoganandhamg@mes.ac.in

Mr. Yognandham is working as an Image analyst at UXO, India. He completed Post Graduation in Master of Remote Sensing Technology from Anna University Chennai, Tamilnadu. He received his Under Graduation in Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Anna University Chennai. He done his M.Tech. project in watershed management. The project describes about the various ground water problems in Hosur, Tamilnadu and some remedial measures to raise the ground water using remote sensing and GIS technology. The project was done using software’s like Arcmap, Erdas imagine, ENVI 4.7. GPS and Total station were used to collect points in project area. His project paper is to be published in INDEX international conference conducted by Adhiyamaan College, Hosur. He done his under graduation project on designing of Hospital building and Design of suitable foundation by Soil investigation and he underdone survey camp conducted in Chennai to know the details of traffic, rural area and urban area. He has undergone soil investigation training in VELCITI Consulting Engineers, Chennai and completed Auto CAD civil 3D course from AUTODESK training center. He is one of the Indian Red Cross Society member during Under Graduation. Watershed management, transportation and urbanization management are His area of interest.

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Suman-Kumar
Suman Kumar
Supervisor
ksuman@mes.ac.in

Mr. Suman Kumar is a qualified Urban and Rural Planner. He has acquired his Bachelors in Physical Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 2010 and Masters in Urban and Rural Planning from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2014. He has an experience of more than two years Village Development Plans and Master Plans in Rajasthan, Local Area Plans in Delhi, Eco-tourism Village Development Plan in Uttarakhand and GIS Thematic Mapping of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
Right after his graduation, he worked in the field of planning for two years as a Project Co-ordinator in Cadcon Consultants Pvt. Ltd in Jaipur and thereafter as Planning Officer in the Association of Municipalities and Development Authorities (AMDA) in Delhi. In the former, he worked on Master Plans prepared under Urban Area Limit notified U/S 3 (1) of U I Act 1959 for towns Bissau, Bhusawar and Taranagar and Village Development Plans for Dag, Sunel and Khanpur (District Jhalawar) of Rajasthan. He was involved in site visits, Town Map & Existing Landuse Map preparation from total station survey data and imagery, collation of secondary data, conducting primary surveys for land use and transportation and writing reports. He also undertook stakeholder consultation with government, private and other related agencies for map verification, identification of gap analysis & proposal viability/ feasibility. Simultaneously, he also worked on Integrated Housing & Slum Development Program and Sector Plans for HUDCO, Jaipur and UIT, Kota respectively.
In the latter, he worked on Local Area Plan for the three rural electoral wards of Narela and the three urban electoral wards of Kirti Nagar. His contribution includes Base Map preparation, undertaking field surveys, secondary database collection, coordination with MCD and other line departments, mapping and statistical analysis, interpretation of MPD and ZDP on Local Area Plans, identification of non-conforming uses in the respective wards and proposal mapping. These outputs have been delivered to the Monitoring Committee in four stages.
Following this, he pursued his Master’s Degree where as a part of the curriculum, he underwent training in Birdsong & Beyond, Gurgaon, Haryana. He assisted in the preparation of Eco-Tourism Village Development Plan 2031, for three villages Gunilyala Khal, Pokhari, Chamoli where he worked on infrastructure mapping, khasra mapping and analysis of built use in ArcGIS. His research paper on “Sustainability Assessment of Human Intervention in Terms of Hydroelectric Projects on Alaknanda River Valley” was published in the International Journal of Research (IJR), Vol-1, Issue-5, June 2014. ISSN: 2348-6848.
He has also been involved in organizing NOSPLAN 2009 in Delhi where he played the role of Unit Co-ordinator.

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Sharad Shingade
Image Analyst Supervisor
sshingade@mes.ac.in

Sharad Shingade is a Image analyst supervisor at the UXO established by Mahatma Education Society and New York University Urbanization Project. He has completed his M.Sc. in Geoinformatics from ITC-Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, The Netherlands. He was a recipient of European Union Erasmus Mundus scholarship for pursuing his M.Sc. Geoinformatics. Before that he has also completed M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Pune as well as he has worked in same department as Junior Research Fellow on project funded by CPCB, New Delhi, Govt. of India. He has qualified UGC-NET, SET in Environmental Sciences, eligibility criteria declared by UGC for Assistant professor. Before joining UXO he was worked as a GIS and Remote sensing consultant for startup company where he handled challenging Geospatial projects. He has total 5 years working experience in Geoinformatics and Environmental Science field.
Sharad’s research interest includes Satellite remote sensing, image processing, GIS, spatial modeling, classical and advanced Geostatistics (spatial statistics), Air quality and climate change, Pollution plume modeling etc. He is more enthusiastic to work in challenging Geospatial domain where remotely sensed earth observation data useful for understanding spatial process (e.g. urban expansion in spatio-temporal context etc.).

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Dr. Priam Pillai
Founding Partner
ppillai@mes.ac.in

Dr. Priam Pillai graduated with a PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2011. He is currently an Associate Professor at PIIT in Mumbai, India as well as serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Mahatma Education Society (MES).
He has started many new initiatives at MES including launch of Google Apps for Education in the 48 institutions, Industry-Academia Interface with Airbus Industries, development and adaptation of open-source software and technologies for education and many others.  He is the Founding Partner of the India Urban Expansion Observatory, an Urban Research Center setup jointly with New York University, Stern School of Business.
As a faculty member at PIIT, his research interests include development of novel bioinspired sensors and instruments as well as development of smart material based technologies. He is the winner of numerous awards from the US government as well as private organizations. He was awarded the Gore Award for innovation by the Institute of Soldier Nanotechnologies sponsored by the US Army, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow Award, the UC Berkeley Materials Science and Engineering Department Citation. In 2010, he received an outstanding service award for assisting the Boston police department and district attorneys office in the use of thermal cameras in their investigations.

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Paul-Romer
Dr. Paul Romer
Director, NYU Urban Expansion Program Headquarters
promer@stern.nyu.edu

Paul Romer, an economist and policy entrepreneur, is University Professor at NYU and founding director of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project, where he also leads the Charter Cities initiative. He is also the director of NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management. Whereas the Urbanization Project focuses on rapidly urbanizing countries, the Marron Institute conducts research on the challenges faced by cities in all countries.
Before coming to NYU, Romer taught at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. While there he took an entrepreneurial detour to start Aplia, an education technology company dedicated to increasing student effort and classroom engagement. Prior to Stanford, Romer taught in the economics departments at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester. In 2002, he received the Recktenwald Prize for his work on the role of ideas in sustaining economic growth.
Romer earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago after doing graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Queens University.

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Dr. Shlomo Angel
Lead, NYU Urban Expansion Program Headquarters
sangel@stern.nyu.edu

Shlomo (Solly) Angel is an adjunct professor at NYU and senior research scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project, where he leads the Urban Expansion initiative. Angel is an expert on urban development policy, having advised the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He currently focuses on documenting and planning for urban expansion in the developing world.
In 1973, he started a program in Human Settlements Planning and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. He taught at the Institute from 1973 to 1983, while researching housing and urban development in the cities of East, South, and Southeast Asia. From the mid-80s to mid-90s, he worked as a housing and urban development consultant to UN-Habitat, the Asian Development Bank, and the Government of Thailand. In 2000, he published Housing Policy Matters, a comparative study of housing conditions and policies around the world. From 2000 onward, he prepared housing sector assessments of 11 Latin America and Caribbean countries for the IDB and the World Bank.
Angel earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a doctorate in city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Brandon-Fuller
Dr. Brandon Fuller
Deputy Director and Research Scholar, NYU Urban Expansion Program Headquarters
bfuller@stern.nyu.edu

Brandon Fuller is deputy director and research scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. He is also deputy director of New York University’s Marron Institute. The Marron Institute deepens the fundamental understanding of cities by working with civic innovators to improve urban management. Prior to joining NYU, Fuller was director of Charter Cities, a non-profit focused on the potential for new cities to drive reform in rapidly urbanizing countries. He previously worked for an education technology startup, Aplia, that offered online experiments and problem sets aimed at increasing student effort and engagement in the college classroom. Fuller was also an adjunct professor of economics at the University of Montana after earning his master’s degree there in 2003.

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Patrick Lamson-Hall
Research Scholar, NYU Urban Expansion Program Headquarters
plamsonh@stern.nyu.edu

Patrick Lamson-Hall is a Research Scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. He completed a Masters degree in Urban Planning at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service in 2013. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in 2011. He is the Monitoring Coordinator of the Ethiopia Urban Expansion Initiative, and the NYU Representative at the India Urban Expansion Observatory. His research interests include urbanization in the developing world, development economics, and historical urbanization. He recently completed a research project with Dr. Solly Angel analyzing the historical population densities of the island of Manhattan. He also teaches short classes at the Brooklyn Brainery and the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies. Patrick was born in Oregon and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. In his free time, he enjoys bicycling, camping, and writing.

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Manuel-Madrid
Manuel Madrid
Trainer
mmadrid@gvsig.com

Manuel Madrid is a Project Manager at the gvSIG Association, a non-profit organization which main objective is the promotion of the Open Geospatial Technologies. He completed his Master in Valuation, Cadastre and Territorial Information Systems at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain). He also completed a Bachelor in Survey Ingineering at the Universitat Politèctica de Valencia (Spain). His research interests include Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial, Cartography and Urban Planning.

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