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Faculty – School of Design Meet our Faculty

Faculty – School of Design

Ashish Nar

Ashish Nar has earned his MA (Master’s degree) in car design from Domus Academy of the University of Wales. Before his postgraduate degree in car design, he completed his bachelor in engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He was also employed as Operations Executive at Nilkamal Limited in Mumbai. During his Master’s program, he undertook a project with Renault Technocenter (Paris). He has been part of School of Design since 2012.

Ashish was judged as the runner up at Seatec-Targa Rodolfo Bonetto Infrastructure (Pleasure Port) Design Competition 2011 as well has won the Inter Collegiate Robotics Competition. Currently he is employed at School of Design as a faculty.

 
Dr Vaibbhavi Pruthviraj Ranavaade

Educationist, Researcher, and designer with 21+ years of experience. She has been the founding H.O.D of premier design schools in India (Symbiosis Institute of Design, MIT Institute of Design, Pune and Pearl Academy, Mumbai). She is a founding team member of the school of Fashion and a Professor at ADYPU. She continues as an educational consultant for higher studies in Design education pan India. She has diverse research experience in the area of Semiotics of fashion, Indian fashion system, Slow fashion side of sustainable fashion, varied applied research for design projects. Co-Founder and principal designer of slow fashion label “Vaibbhavi P”. The Label is about providing sustainable livelihoods to Indian craftspersons and promoting Indian textiles worldwide. Professionally she offers expertise in developing successful growth strategies by training both learners and team members through curriculum development and skill-building. She is committed educator to bring excellence in the field of higher design education with student experience at the core. She has presented papers at international conferences and published research in well-known journals. Her doctoral research with the title “A Semiotic Study of the Indian Sari” has garnered a lot of interest in the academic community as well as the Industry. She is also an guest keynote speaker and panelist at esteemed forums and her work and views have been published in national publications.

 
Satyajit Kulkarni

Mr. Satyajit Kulkarni is a Senior Alias Automotive 3d modeler with 7+ years of industry experience. He holds a master’s in Industrial Digital Design from DSK ISD. He has worked with Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center, China, and Estech design of France. He was the first team member of Estech Design India. He has wide client exposure such as Renault, Citroen, Mahindra, Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, and Ashok Leyland.

 
Shruti Tambakhe

Shruti Tambakhe earned her degree in B.Des (Industrial Design) from Symbiosis Institute of Design and M.Des from Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur.

Ms. Shruti is passionate and believes in designing for solutions where product interaction along with customer satisfaction provides an efficient way to design. She has a keen interest in Design Thinking, User Interface, Visual Design, User Experience comprising Information Architecture and Information Design.

 
Uttam Hasabnis

Uttam Hasabnis is an advertising & design professional, and educator, with 10+ years of experience which spans a wide range of brands from various sectors and a vast array of clients. His specializations include Brand Identity Design and Typography with a creative flair and innovative approach. He has worked as a Creative Director at Creativeland Asia Advertising Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai. He has also worked independently as a brand expert and creative consultant for various ad agencies, design studios. He has led many integrated advertising campaigns, design projects across all mediums. Mr. Uttam has received his B.F.A. from Kalaniketan Mahavidyalaya, Kolhapur. He believes in exhibiting his work and has won awards at many international events and competitions including Poster Design Winner for International Typography Day 2019, IDC, IIT Powai, Mumbai. His logos and brand works have been officially selected for many governmental organizations including CFSI, NCFF, URDC. He has also designed Brand Identity for several Bollywood celebrities. His writings on Brand Logo and “How to choose colors wisely” have been published in Creative GAGA magazine. He has designed and written extensively on Expressive Typography on social media. A true creative at heart, he loves what he does, produces great work, and never settles for second best. You can follow his work and activities online on Facebook and Instagram.

 
Manjitsingh Ratansingh Pardeshi

Mr. Manjitsingh carries 19+ years of experience in the field of design and has been associated with top design firms like Elephant Design and 3d Systems Corporation. He has bagged 300+ huge design projects. User Research & Interface are his interests considering his background in Graphic Design.

Mr. Manjitsingh carries a strong understanding of manufacturing processes and multiple materials in 3d printing. He is passionate about creating effective Designs, 3d rendering with VR technology. His specialties include Advanced Design, Visualization with new technologies, Lighting, Animation, Modeling, Sketching by hand to use them in 3ds Max, Photoshop, and Sculpting. He has acquired an amazing understanding of combining UI & UX with high efficiency for maximum application flexibility.

Mr. Manjitsingh is not only highly experienced but also well educated in Design, Product Design, Engineering Design, Environment Design, composition, color theory, contrast, and proportion. He is equipped with detailed knowledge of VFX, Game Design, Photography.

 
Ravindra Vasant Pande

Ravindra Vasant Pande carries a rich hands-on experience of 36+ years in the field of Graphic & Web Design, Typography & Type Design, & Teaching. Mr. Ravindra has conducted lectures on Calligraphy, Typography, Graphic & Visual communication at various design institutes for 15+ years. As a Visualiser in Advertising & Communication Design, he has planned and executed campaigns for various products, designed and developed Corporate Identity for various companies. He has also worked in the field of Publishing Design with the designing of 100+ books and book covers for eminent personalities in Marathi Publications. In his vast work experience, he has worked as a consultant in Web Design and Branding, designed and developed more than 100 fonts in Indian scripts for different purposes, such as text face, display face, calligraphic styles, and symbols. He has released a Unicode-based Devanagari (Marathi) OpenType font family named “Aksharyogini”.

 
Prakash M Sonkamble

Prakash M Sonkamble is a passionate educator and designer, motivating young learners to fulfill their dreams. He is an M.Des in Mobility & Vehicle Design from IDC IIT, Bombay. Before his M.Des, he has completed a degree in Product Engineering, carrying work experience as a Design Engineer in the automotive field. His core interests are automotive sketching and rendering, concept vehicles, future mobility, and human-centered design.

 
Kaushal K. Singh

Kaushal K. Singh carries 8 years of experience as a Car Interior Designer, in fast-paced Global Automotive Design studios like Johnson Controls India & U.S, Adient Germany, Xpeng Motors, CHJ Motors China.

He is adept at craftsmanship, research, a design that bring concepts to production. Mr. Singh holds a master’s degree in Transportation Design from ADYPU Pune (2010-12), and a well-rounded skill set from sketching & rendering to CAS modeling. Apart from his work, Mr. Singh is enthusiastic about hiking and cycling.

 
Dr Shilpi Bora

Dr. Shilpi Bora is a graduate of Assam Agricultural University Jorhat, Assam. She holds a Ph.D. degree from IIT Guwahati, Department of Design. Her specialization is in Human Factors & Ergonomics. She has also bagged the opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Huaqia National University, Xiamen, China.

Dr. Shilpi carries 2 years of teaching experience at MIT AOE, Alandi, Pune as an Assistant Professor at the School of Design and 5 years of teaching assistantship at IITG, along with 5 years of research experience. During her Ph.D. she was invited as a visiting scholar at Shantou University, China for research purposes. Dr. Shilpi Bora has written research papers in both journals and international conferences and patents. Her areas of interest include Ergonomics, Product Design, Interior Design, Design Thinking, Design Intervention, and Research.

 
Rahul Raj. R

Rahul Raj is a postgraduate in Transportation & Automobile Design from Young India Design Society, Kochi, under PTC university, with 3+ years of experience in Industrial & Automobile design. He has served as an Automobile Designer in a Pune-based Electric Vehicle initiative called ‘Polarity Smart Bikes’, and also carries industry experience in Toyota and GM India as a freelance contract-based Exterior Stylist in 2010-11. His passion has been alive ever since and wishes to contribute to Design education for future designers.

Mr. Rahul’s core interest areas include Product Design, Graphic Design, Architectural Design, Concept Art, 3d Digital Modeling, and Design Research. He also guides students in their projects to help them develop their skill level in automobile sketching and rendering since the moment he joined the ADYPU university.

 
Deepankar Bhattacharyya

He has keen interest in design thinking, its methods, processes and concerns. He studies and conducts research on design thinking and writes on design issues. He is a strategic design consultant and educator. He is interested in discovering user-centered problems and processes to solve them to create opportunities using design thinking as a strategic tool. He uses design thinking to define problems, develop and execute creative solutions in order to overcome systemic challenges.

He is an alumnus of National Institute of Design, Ahemedabad where he studied design during his undergraduate program. He is a member of Academic Council at Ajeenkya D Y Patil univerisity. He has participated in a number of projects related to design as a design consultant in his career. He worked with a few great names in industry like Ivan Chermayeff (Chermayeff & Geismar), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, National Wastelands Development Board, Dandi Memorial Project, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

 
Bhavin Mali

Bhavin earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering affiliated to Mumbai university and completed his further education in design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad where he earned his postgraduate degree in design and became an industrial designer by profession. With over 10 years of real-life experience in automotive and design industries, he has worked with companies like Maruti Suzuki, Godrej & Boyce, Elephant Strategy+Design, REVA Electric Car Company and YO bikes electric vehicles. He has handled various positions ranging from sales executive to quality engineer to industrial designer.

Bhavin is a product designer with special affinity for ‘green’ products and services and he is passionate about transportation system, from vehicles to the whole supporting infrastructure. His hobbies are blogging and photography.

 
Nallur Chandra Prasad

He pursued his  dream  of  becoming  an  automotive designer by taking up the  bachelors  course  in  Transportation Design  offered  at  Istituto  Europeo  di Design(IED), one of the premier design schools in Turin, Italy.  During his college years, he won prestigious design projects sponsored by Azimut  Yachts and Aston Martin Motor company. Though he has been inundated with offers from internationally renowned automobile companies, his passion lies in pedagogy. His core interest areas include conceptualization, free hand and digital sketching and rendering, automobile design history, aesthetics and future mobility solutions. He has been guiding students in design projects since he joined the college as a full time faculty in 2010. Along with other senior faculty members, he has been instrumental in establishing the Automobile Design discipline in college .

 
Kushal Jadhav

Mr. Kushal is an engineer in telecommunications and a postgraduate in Industrial Design. He began his career in design from MIT ID, Pune while studying Product design. He is a professional designer with 10 years of experience. His core expertise lies in materials and manufacturing processes, prototyping, electronic product design with newly found interest in design of urban farming systems.

 
Rahul Manohar

Being an automotive design aspirant, he started his education with BE Mechanical Engineering followed by specialization in Automobile Service & Maintenance Technology and later for a specialized design course at DSK ISD Supinfocom. Post his education, he compiled various experiences working under 3 design studios and there by extending his area of expertise in, both Design and 3D. He has more than 8 years of industrial and academic experience. He will be soon joining us as an assistant professor in the design department.

He recently worked as an interior design of a production car, for a French Automotive Giant which will be released in the Indian market by 2021. Besides designing, he has worked in 3D for both interior and exterior of concept cars such as the Renault Kwid Climber & Racer, Trezor and production cars such as Renault Kwid, Lodgy, Duster and Espace. His key strengths in design would be sketching, digital rendering and alias.