Management Committee 2024-25

Dr. Yogendra Vashishtha
President

Dr. Yogendra Vashishtha obtained his bachelor of engineering (Electrical) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee (formerly known as University of Roorkee) in 1983, post graduate diploma in Management from Bajaj Institute (Bombay University) in 1987 and Ph.D. from IIT Mumbai in 1995.

Yogendra has nearly 35 years of professional experience including 13 years in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Mumbai and 22 years in Australian power transmission and distribution utilities as Senior/Principal Engineer and Manager/Senior Manager. Yogendra is an experienced asset management professional and has been active in innovation and research including management and commercialisation. Yogendra has followed through the energy industry transformation and is currently working in the area of smart grid particularly distributed energy resources such as energy storage and demand management.

Yogendra is a chartered professional engineer, Fellow of Institution of Australia (Engineers Australia) and a senior member of IEEE.

Abaran Deep
Vice President

Abaran completed his B. Tech from IIT Delhi in 1990. He has been working as a Management Consultant in Australia since 1995. He currently shares the responsibility of running a consulting firm which helps businesses successfully deliver large and complex projects using new technologies. Abaran enjoys cycling, woodwork and occasionally listening to the rock groups from the IIT days.

Dr. Ponsubbiah Nadar
Treasurer

Education: I graduated with a doctoral degree from IIT Bombay and Monash University in 2020. I also have a master’s degree from IIT Kharagpur in 2013. My B.E was from Datta Meghe CoE (Mumbai University) in 2011.

Profession: I am a business investor and leader in chemical industries. Presently, I play the Technical Manager role for Stelco Chemicals Internationals where I develop new formulations, troubleshoot manufacturing issues, and support customers in product identification, usage, and selection.

Expertise: I specialize in new product development of Enzymes, Surfactants, Alkali, and Acid systems. I also specialize in personal care industrial products range to suit innovative care product for aged-care and babies. I have industrial expertise in CIP cleaning systems, Food processing and filling area, paints and coating manufacturing, polymers and building materials manufacturing. I have versatile experience in varied functions of manufacturing operations, continuous process improvisation, R&D product development, customer-focused services, and product development.

Joyful activities: I am an athlete with a love for science. I am a coffee lover and curious about finance and human psychology. I am an ardent book reader and enjoy talking about it.

Dr. Shouryadipta Ghosh
Secretary

Hello, I’m Shourya, a Research Fellow at CSIRO, specializing in computer modeling of food digestion in organs like the Stomach and Mouth. I hold a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bhubaneswar (2014) and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Melbourne (2019). I’m passionate about community engagement, volunteering as an educator for underprivileged children and promoting Indian classical music through SPIC MACAY Australia. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and snorkelling.

Ravi Jain
Membership Manager

An IIT Bombay 2003 graduate, Ravi  is an experienced technocrat skilled in developing successful business strategies and tactical plans. As a strategic thinker, he drives business expansion through initiatives that deliver revenue growth and market development in Australian and global markets. Trusted by customers as an advisor, he connects their businesses with future innovations and digital technologies for transformative results.

Currently, he is working on digital transformation initiatives within Defence, Resources, and Heavy Engineering/Industrial Equipment sectors, while collaborating with stakeholders to create impactful industry transformation initiatives and innovation programs.

Jeetendra Ojha
Strategic Projects Manager

An IIT Delhi 1996 graduate, Jeetendra is a seasoned professional with a diverse industry background, including Telecom, Financial Services, Insurance, Retail, Energy & Utilities, Public Sector, National Post, Logistics & Supply Chain, Mining, and Oil & Gas. Over his notable 25+ year career, he has established large and profitable business units, worked across geographies and industry verticals, and played a key role in significant acquisitions. Jeetendra brings invaluable experience and a strong track record of building and scaling organisations.

 
 
Dr. Vishal Chaugule
Media Manager

I am an aerospace engineer and experimental fluid-dynamicist (B.Tech, IIT Bombay, 2008 + M.E, Indian Institute of Science, 2012 + Ph.D, Curtin University, 2017), and currently a research fellow in the Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace & Combustion (LTRAC) at Monash University (since 2019). Over the course of my research career, I have worked on a wide-range of topics in fields that span from aircraft design to aerosol inhalation with experimental investigations at the heart of all of those studies. I enjoy product design (wood and metal), tennis and Urdu poetry.

Prof. Meenakshi Arora
Community Manager

Dr Meenakshi Arora is a Professor in Environmental Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Dr Arora has extensive experience in both research and university teaching including PhD supervision. Her main research focus is on sustainable water management and works in close collaboration with Victorian Water industry. Prof. Arora is also serving as Director of Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) and has won various awards for her innovative research and exemplary leadership including Award for Excellence in Internationalisation of Research and Australia India Impact Award.

Dr. Thyagarajulu Gollapalli
Deputy Secretary

Thyagarajulu earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and later completed his PhD at Monash University and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Presently, he serves as a Senior Research Officer at AuScope and Monash University, where his expertise spans applied mathematics, geophysics, and software development, depending on the complexity of the problem at hand. Prior to his current role, Thyagarajulu held a position as a Geophysicist at CGG in Perth. Beyond his professional endeavours, he finds joy in participating in marathons, cycling, and badminton. Moreover, he actively engages in contributing to and supporting various organizations.

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