Dr. Sridhar Pappu

Over the past decade-and-a-half, Sridhar has donned various roles in academia, research institutes, technology startups and industry, requiring very diverse mindsets to succeed.

At International School of Engineering, Sridhar is responsible for the overall administration of the institute but more importantly, for ensuring the highest standards in learning for his students. In the early years of his career in the Silicon Valley, Sridhar managed and implemented multi-million dollar semiconductor fab automation projects for customers in USA, Europe and Asia that included IBM, Seagate, TDK Group, LSI Logic and National Semiconductor.  Later, he led the computer simulation programs for Indian Defense labs aimed at improving armor for a variety of current and future threats.  Sridhar has managed many large Data Analytics, Web 2.0 and internet projects and has a vast experience in dealing with clients worldwide and setting up processes to develop and manage projects efficiently.

The diversity of the subjects and environments has been instrumental in moulding Sridhar’s personality.  While the researcher in him enables him to dig deep into subjects and focus on the minute details, the Valley’s industry experience ensures that he never loses sight of the big picture and the business interests.  The academic in him helps him communicate and impart this knowledge to people he interacts with.  The perfectionist in him demands excellence in everything he or his team does - all without losing sight of the big picture.

Sridhar has over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and over 10 presentations in international conferences.   Sridhar holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelors of Engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, India.


Dr. Krishna K.Dhara

Dr. Krishna Dhara is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Avaya Labs focusing on developing novel collaboration services based on data mining and  predictive data analytics.

He joined Lucent Bell Labs in 1997 and over the years worked in Bell Labs Innovations and later in Avaya Labs Research, a research arm of Avaya.  Avaya is a spinoff of Lucent and Avaya Labs branched out of Lucent Bell Labs.  He received his PhD in Computer Science from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Dr. Dhara has played a key role in developing new collaboration and communication infrastructure and applications that influenced Avaya's strategic directions in SIP, VOIP end-points, application enablement, and context aware collaboration. His recent work on predictive algorithms based on mined communication context is deployed on real enterprise servers. 

He is the author of several refereed technical publications, book chapters, and articles. He has 8 US Patents and over 20 pending patent applications.