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     Date Submitted:24-12-2014
     Last Modified:29-12-2014 (01:01)
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     Current job:Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsTelecommunication Engineer, Optical Wireless Communication Engineer, Satellite Communication, MATLAB, Simulink, Labview, Electromagnetics, Laser Communication, Space science, Atmospheric Science
    CV

    OBJECTIVE

    Seeking a challenging career in an esteemed organization based in Satellite Optical Communication that provides a platform to learn and get enlightened, at same time to impart my knowledge and ideas as well in an effective way, which aids in the growth of the institution and myself along. I preach a research oriented work culture that advocates creativeness and innovation which eventually serves for the betterment of society as well.

    CREDENTIALS

    i.    Positive attitude towards life
    ii.    Capable of handling critical situations effectively   with composure
    iii.    Diligent; hard working, so as to complete an assigned task sincerely and efficiently within the timeframe
    iv.    Great passion for invention and creativity
    v.    Proactive and out of box thinking; proposed a novel lasercommunication system design optimization methodology and got two IEEE publications for the same
    vi.    Willingness to learn and get to the depth of understanding any task I take up
    vii.    Perfectionist in all sense
    viii.    Excellent interpersonal communication and proven presentation/teaching skills with 6 months experience as engineering faculty
    ix.    Good programming skills with 3 years’ experience in IT sector

    ACADEMIC CHRONICLE

    2012 - 2014    Masters in Telecommunication  Engineering
                              University of Kerala, India
                             GPA: 8.73/10

    2004 - 2008    Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering
                              University of Kerala, India
                              Percentage : 75%

    2002 - 2004    Higher Secondary School, AISSCE
                              Central Board of Secondary Education, India
                              Percentage : 81%

    1990 - 2002    Secondary School
                               Kerala State Board, India
                               Percentage : 94%

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Assistant Professor
    Mar Baselios College of Engg. & Tech
    University of Kerala, India                Sept. 1st, 2014 – Nov. 18th, 2014  


    Subjects Taught:
    -    Applied Electromagnetic Theory
    -    Array Signal Processing
    Labs Handled:
    -    Digital Signal Processing Lab
    -    Electronic Circuits Lab
    Mentoring:
    -    Caretaker and mentor for 20 students. Could make a conducive atmosphere for students to open up and share concerns. Maintained throughout communication with students and their parents, addressing their personal as well as studies related grievances. Suggested and put into action corrective measures for many students which made a positive reflection in both their studies and character.
    Other Responsibilities:
    -    NBA Accreditation tasks
    -    Co-Principal investigator for proposal submitted to ISRO respond     project lab, aimed at university level research
    -    Exam cell duties, department level tasks etc.


    Teaching Assistant
    Mar Baselios College of Engg. & Tech
    University of Kerala, India        Jun. 1st, 2014 – Aug. 31st, 2014  


    Subjects Taught:
    -    Applied Electromagnetic Theory
    Labs Handled:
    -    Digital Signal Processing Lab
    -    Electronic Circuits Lab

    Systems Engineer
    INFOSYS Technologies Ltd.        Nov. 17th, 2008 – Nov. 21st, 2011  


    Nov 2008 - June 2009:
    -    Training in almost all programming languages
    -    Undergone leadership and personality skill development classes
    -    Specialized training in Banking software solutions
    -    Developed mock projects
    June 2009 - Jan 2011:
    -    Customization and development of FINACLE Universal Banking Solution platform for Union Bank of California (UBOC)
    -    Assigned with developing specific modules
    -    Was instrumental in solving high priority issues
    -    Prepared documents on overall workflow of Finacle Interface module
    Jan 2011 - Nov 2011:
    -    Requirement gathering and high level design for third party interface done for Discover Financial Services (DFS)
    -    Mentored and delegated tasks for new joiners in team, team management and monitoring
    -    Took webinars on different tools

    Skill Set:
    -    PL/SQL, Oracle, TOAD
    -    Unix
    -    C, C++, JAVA, Eclipse, Java scripting, shell scripting
    -    Web services


    PUBLICATIONS

    i.    Dhanya Devarajan, Sakuntala S. Pillai, ‘Optimization of Laser Satellite Communication System through Link Budget Prediction’, IEEE International Conference on Information, Communication and Embedded Systems (ICICES 2014), Chennai, India, 27-28 Feb 2014 (in press)
    ii.    Dhanya Devarajan, Sakuntala S. Pillai, Sreelatha P., ‘Optimal Lasercom Satellite Transmitter based on Performance Prediction and Design Adaptation’, IEEE International Conference on Advances in Computing and Communications(ICACC 2014), Cochin, India, 27-29 August 2014, pp: 33-37
    iii.    Dhanya Devarajan, Sakuntala S. Pillai, Sreelatha P., ISRO, ‘Modeling and Simulation of Vertical Laser Communication through the Various Stochastic Atmospheric Conditions’, (to be submitted to IEEE Communications Magazine)
    iv.    Dhanya Devarajan, Sakuntala S. Pillai, Sreelatha P., ISRO, ‘Effect of combination of lasercom system design parameter values for various atmospheric conditions’, (work in progress)
                           
    ACADEMIC PROJECTS AND SEMINARS

        M.TECH:

    i.    Lasercom adaptively optimizing transmitter design (Thesis was carried out with support from Space Physics laboratory, VSSC, ISRO) :
        A novel design methodology to adaptively optimize the laser communication (lasercom) satellite transmitter by incorporating a knowledge base related to research results, atmospheric modeling for virtual communication and a learning mechanism. Laser communication, envisaged to be the next generation wireless communication especially in space domain is severely and differently affected by stochastic atmospheric conditions like attenuation and turbulence. The thesis work proposed an unconventional design of a cognitive, adaptively optimizing transmitter that ensure optimum performance with respect to BER and link margin throughout transmission.

    ii.    Lasercom system optimizer tool (Mini project): A novel user interface based optimization tool that aids a system design engineer to optimize the laser satellite communication system by a virtual communication analysis through atmospheric modeling, in an iterative feedback mechanism. The tool which can act as both a testbed and an optimizer, finally yields an optimum design parameter set for a given atmospheric condition.

    iii.    Polarisation shift keying modulation in gamma-gamma distributed channel for laser communication (Seminar 1): PolSK logic, implementation and comparison with conventional modulation schemes were comprehended and presented. PolSK for lasercom is better based on the fact that the State of Polarization (SOP) is least affected by atmospheric conditions. Comparison of the turbulent channel distribution was also studied and found that gamma-gamma distribution best suites all the turbulent regimes.

    iv.    Lasercom tailored to space missions (Seminar 2): A study on the architectural perspective and implementation of space mission based laser communication.

    B.TECH:

    i.    BLUE WAND (Main project): A handy device that can control a Bluetooth enabled device using simple hand gestures. Its integral part is the Accelerometer Sensor ADXL 202E that senses acceleration along 2 axes, which is then converted to corresponding signals. 8051 microcontroller is been programmed to make the device function accordingly. It makes use of Bluetooth communication and the device is potential enough to make a revolution replacing all the existing controlling devices like remote control, overcoming its limitation of light of sight control.

    ii.    INTELLIGENT ATM CABIN (Mini Project): The project aimed at saving power and enabling some security measures inside an ATM cabin. The room’s temperature will be controlled automatically according to the requirement and the interior lighting controlled as of need, thus saving power. Security measures have been implemented by restricting the time a customer can take for transactions inside ATM cabin.

    iii.    INTERSTELLAR PROPULSION-SPACE SAIL (Main Seminar): A different propulsion mechanism for interstellar travels that may otherwise take one human lifetime to cover the same distance. It makes use of solar ray’s pressure to push forward the light weight sail. The material of the sail and the various electronic equipment in the sail are ingeniously designed, to make it extremely light weight at the same time durable and efficient.


    INDUSTRIAL EXPOSURE

    i.    Doordarshan Kendra (DDK), Trivandrum, Kerala: Had 3 weeks in-plant training at DDK, Trivandrum where theoretical and hands on exposure was gained in different sections. The units comprised recording, audio and video storage, non-linear editing sections, satellite transmission and terrestrial transmission. The complete transmission chain and the technology behind each single entity were understood.

    ii.    ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC): Industrial visit to ISAC helped in gaining knowledge about the various satellite design approaches, materials used, launch strategies etc.

    iii.    Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO): The different phases of chip designing and advancements in the field were understood.

    ACADEMIC SKILL SET

    i.    Expertise in MATLAB Programming and its constituents like Simulink, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Development Environment (GUIDE) and Database Toolbox     

    Explorer
    ii.    DSP programming specifically with TMS320C6713
    iii.    Acquainted with LabView, PSPICE, VHDL
    iv.    Basic knowledge on LaTeX
    v.    Microprocessor 8086, Microcontroller 8051 &  6821
    vi.    Proficiency in handling and effectively using applications like MS Excel, MS Access, Power point, Photoshop etc.
    vii.    Well adept in technical writing and presentation, affirmed with the excellent scores in GRE and TOEFL exams

    RESEARCH INTEREST

    i.    Optical Wireless Communication
    ii.    Satellite and Space Communication
    iii.    Astrophysics
    iv.    Electromagnetics

    RESPONSIBILITIES AND RECOGNITIONS

    i.    Active IEEE member at college level
    ii.    Elected as College Secretary, IEEE Student’s Chapter in B.Tech pre-final year and the student branch was bestowed ‘Best IEEE student branch’ award following year
    iii.    Organized and Coordinated IEEE ICGT 2012 conference
    iv.    Coordinated Recruitments, industrial visits and other college activities
    v.    Previously an executive member of Electronics Association of college
    vi.    Taken seminars and had done paper presentations
    vii.    Won prizes in elocution, painting and dance competitions


    AREAS OF INTEREST
    i.    Research and Development
    ii.    Teaching/lecturing
    iii.    Reading, Blogging, Classical Dancing, Sketching, Star Gazing

    REFERENCE

    i.    Dr.Sakuntala.S.Pillai:
        DEAN (R&D)
        Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology
        Kerala, India
        Email: sakuntala.pillai(at)gmail.com

    ii.    Prof. S. Viswanatha Rao:
        Vice Principal
        Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology
        Kerala, India
        Email: rao-sv(at)hotmail.com

    iii.    Mrs. Sreelatha Pradeep:
        Head, SBIS
        Space Physics Laboratory, VSSC
        ISRO, India
        Email: p_sreelatha(at)vssc.gov.in

    iv.    Mrs.  Jayasree M.J:
        HOD, Dept. of ECE
        Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology
        Kerala, India
        Email: jayashreemj(at)yahoo.com

    v.    Ramprasad Ramsankar
        Project Manager
        INFOSYS Technologies Ltd, India
        Email: ramprasad_ramsankar(at)infosys.com
     


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