I am an electrical engineer responsible for the design and development of electronic
systems on the KAO. I started my career in 1986 after I graduated with a Master of
Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. I am currently
pursuing my second Master's degree at Santa Clara University. My degree will be in
Engineering Management. On the KAO, I am a project engineer responsible for the design,
development and installation of electronic systems. For the past nine months I have been
working on the design of Consoles and Electronic Systems for SOFIA which is the next
generation Infrared Airborne Observatory.
My interest in NASA began when I was given the opportunity in graduate school to work
on a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project. The project involved the
feasibility of an acoustic detector that could be placed on an astronaut's helmet to
detect the different cosmic particles the astronaut would encounter in space.
The best thing about my job is that I get to design and integrate different electrical
and electronic systems on the KAO. Unlike the industry where you perform the design and
upgrades on a single product.
As a kid I was very interested in space, UFOs and the planet Mars held a particular
fascination for me. I used to build toy planes and toy cars powered with rubber bands.
Early in my life, I realised that Math, Physics and Chemistry were easy to understand. I
had a difficult time with Botany, Zoology and I hated dissecting animals in class. I had
a proclivity towards engineering science and as a child had a propensity to read more
space fiction material than text books. The classic book "From Earth to the Moon" was my
My parents always knew that I would be an engineer. My parents, both doctors, and my
elder brother (also a doctor) were very much a part of my decision making. I took the GRE
examination (very similar to the SAT examination) and as a result was accepted into
several graduate programs in the US. I chose Northwestern University because I wanted to
stay close to my aging parents.
I am married and have two children. My daughter, Anika, is 2 1/2 years old and my son
Kelsen is 3 months old. Anika has visited the KAO several times and insists on playing
with the computers. I play cricket for recreation. This is a game similar to baseball and
is played by most commonwealth countries. I enjoy tennis, football and travel to foreign