Poornaselvan Jeevanandam

  

Agile Coach / Scrum Master, Tata Consultancy Services

Location: Bloomfield, CT, USA


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

Agile NYC

Biography

Poorna Jeeva PhD PMP SCJP PMI-ACP CSM CSP PSM-1

(804) 615 1931    poornakj@gmail.com

Career Snapshot          

  • Extensively experienced Program Manager managing multiple Business/ IT teams delivering projects using conventional Project Management and Agile methodologies.
  • PMI certified PMP and PMI-ACP; Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional; Scrum.org certified PSM; Sun Certified Java Programmer
  • Well-seasoned with the end-to-end administration of large Programs delivering complex solutions through Internal teams, multiple resource and service providing partners and third party system providers.
  • Skilled in coordinating with the planning and delivery of concurrent multiple projects, constantly monitoring the health of projects and taking appropriate actions
  • Coached and implemented the best practices of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) - ceremonies, metrics, incremental and iterative delivery across the enterprise.
  • Sharp instinct to consistently seek avenues for capability enhancement of existing Business Systems
  • Great attitude to constantly identify avenues for staff augmentation in existing projects.
  • Effectively skills to assimilate information from Vision/Roadmap meetings, Release and Iteration planning, Sprint reviews and retrospectives and use them effectively
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to create and sustain a win-win partnership with Clients
  • Extensive experience creating and presenting proposals to clients and negotiating afterwards for acquiring new projects.
  • Excellent problem solving skills to resolve issues and mitigate risks that arise frequently
  • Well versed with Enterprise staffing, performance evaluation, recognition and rewarding procedures, tools and techniques moving resources across teams for effective utilization
  • Efficient in resolving issues methodically and quickly to enhance productivity
  • Excellent understanding and expertise working in projects involving cutting edge technologies and an extraordinary ability to learn and embrace the evolving tools.
  • Highly skilled in supporting the backend processes and enablers between the Service Providers and Clients for effectively partnering and conducting business transparently acknowledging the limitations and addressing them immediately

Skill Set

SDLC Methodologies

Agile using Scrum, Kanban, Lean and RUP, Waterfall Methodologies

Business Collaboration

MS SharePoint, MS Visio, ClearQuest, Ektron, Confluence.

Workflow tools

Rally, Jira, Mingle, MS Project, MS Office Suite, Rational tools

Database

SQL Server 2005/2008, Oracle 9i & 10g, MySQL workbench

Reporting Tools

BIRST, Crystal Reports XI Rel. 2, SSRS, Business Objects, Pentaho and Xpression,

Requirements Management Tools

IBM-Rational Requisite Pro, Rational Rose 6.0, MS Visio

Languages

UML, Pl/SQL, HTML, XML, and Java.

Certification

  • PMI certified ACP – Agile Certified Practitioner and Project Management Professional
  • Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional
  • Scrum.org certified Professional Scrum Master - 1
  • Sun Certified Java Programmer and Object management group Certified UML Professional

Education

  • Doctorate in Electrical Engineering with Masters in Electronics and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering

Professional Experience

 

Program Manager                                                                    May 2013- Present

Tata Consultancy Services North America

Client: CIGNA, Bloomfield, CT

  • Pioneered the efforts to transform the existing team level Agile practices to Enterprise level Portfolio and Program Management based on Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Scrum Master for the Financial Integration and Desktop Gadgets teams, utilizing cutting edge technological solutions through globally distributed diverse teams.

Scaled Agile Framework Transformation

  • Performed the transformational role to scale Agile to the Enterprise level based on SAFe creating and implementing a roadmap for systematic Portfolio and Program Management.
  • Create Agile Release Trains (ART) to synchronize team backlogs and manage dependencies
  • Monitored the progress and changes to the ART and mitigated risks and resolved issues
  • Introduced Agile-Lean best practices across the enterprise smoothly and seamlessly
  • Coordinated with Clients and partners to build cross functional teams; moved resources around to mitigate risks and issues arising out of globally distributed teams from multiple competing vendors, outsourced partners and third party system vendors working in an onsite-offshore model
  • Coached teams to deliver consistently at a sustained pace and setting Quality standards
  • Facilitated the Biweekly Scrum of Scrums and Weekly Scrum Master Roundtable meetings to get feedback and suggest improvements to enhance performance
  • Help Scrum Masters facilitate Sprint Review and Retrospective meeting and to follow up on the action items identified.

Financial Integration

  • Functioned as the Scrum Master for the Financial Integration team whose main deliverable was to build Integration Layers that would enable seamless financial data flow from the disparate Third Party systems and the Internal processing, customer support, data warehouse and metrics systems for Individual and Family plans
  •  Coached and mentored a 10 member team with members distributed across the US and India, on an onsite-Offshore model from 2 competing vendors.
  • Introduced effective incremental and iterative development, automated testing and deployment.
  • Coordinated with the vendor managers, partner companies and client managers to effectively plan and deliver the committed to functionalities encouraging change in the functionality throughout the release cycle

Next Gen Desktop Gadgets

  • Scrum master for the High tech team that set out to build reusable components for the NEXTGEN Desktop; prime features included infinite scrolling, customizable dashboards, customizable page navigation and an evolving set of customizable gadgets for Cigna Business users
  • Challenge was around the changing requirements and the backlog included considerable amount of Spike stories
  • Direction changed with each Sprint forcing the team to function with copybook style agility  stretching the agile-lean principles to its limits
  • Delivered the Desktop with customizable gadgets in the specified time with a lot more functionality and technology that were by no means envisioned at the beginning of the project

Tata Consultancy Services – Program Manager

  • Worked closely with the Client Partner and Business Relationship Manager to in identifying avenues for new projects and resource augmentation.
  • Served as the Agile Expert, prepared and presented proposals based on Client’s RFPs
  • Helped the Finance team to streamline the process to submit monthly bills and invoices to secure payments without delays and produce statements for TCS’ upper management
  • Documented the existing TCS’ Financial Billing and Invoicing Process for Fixed Price and Time and Material Projects for each project at CIGNA

 

Agile Scrum Master / Senior Project Manager                      May 2011- Aug 2012
Kaplan Inc., New York, NY

  • Part of the Agile Centre of Excellence team to migrate the IT and Kaplan Business teams to adopt Agile best practices.
  • Scrum Master for the Business Intelligence (Data Warehouse & Reporting) and Core Web Services teams, delivering projects to enterprise wide IT/Business teams.

Agile COE

  • Performed Leadership activities to enable the high-profile individuals and teams to embrace Agile seamlessly
  • Helped Business Product owners to create and manage roadmaps, release and sprint backlogs; constantly and consistently convincing them of the Agile values of increment and iterative delivery.
  • Coordinated with Business teams and organized, scheduled and facilitated User Story Workshops to create stories with varied level of details for Roadmaps, Release Backlog and Sprint Backlogs.
  • Helped Product Owners with the prioritization and maintenance of Backlogs in time for the Sprint Planning meeting
  • Coached teams with Story estimation techniques and embrace them without apprehension whatsoever.
  • Introduced and implemented Information Radiators like Sprint Scrum Board, Release and Sprint Burn-down charts, Velocity, for all the teams.
  • Help Scrum Masters facilitate Sprint Review and Retrospective meeting and to follow up on the action items identified.

Scrum Master for Data Warehouse and Web Services teams

  • Functioned as the Scrum Master for the Pilot teams in implementing Agile Practices.
  • Facilitated Sprint Planning, Daily Standup, Backlog Grooming, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective meetings
  • Lead the Sprint Review /Demo Meeting; Presented Sprint Metrics and Release trends that included Velocity, Cumulative Flow Diagrams, Burn-down charts, to encourage teams maintain a sustainable pace.
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Data Warehouse & Reporting

  • Guided the 12 member cross-functional teams of diverse skillsets - data modeling, ETL development, automated testing and deployment, to become a Self-Organized effectively.
  • Delivered an Operational Data Store and an Enterprise Data Warehouse aimed at having single data sources for all data and reporting needs across the enterprise.
  • Created a 4-member Kanban sub-team to service adhoc report requests

Web Services Platform

KapEngine

  • Scrum master for the 12 member internal team working with vendors and partners
  • Delivered a web services platform, KapEngine, to consume and expose data, developing around 1000 web services, for interaction among the individual disparate Kaplan systems.
  • Prioritized requests through negotiation with several clients, working closely with the engineering team on time and cost estimation.
  • Expertly coordinated the Integration, QA and deployment phases of the project
  • Served as the first point of contact to resolve production support issues.
  • Organized and lead the Sprint planning meetings; encouraged discussions among team members so that stories were clearly understood and scoped, estimated stories using story points with sizing them whenever necessary, tasked them out, and ensured overall  transparency, accuracy and consistency in maintained.
  • Estimated stories using Story Points and helped teams with the estimation using Planning Poker.

·   Sent out individual invitations to Business teams’ representatives in addition to the general agenda to ensure proper attendance for completed story review and signoff.

·   Maintained the teams’ Wiki pages; Folders for each Sprint containing Sprint Metrics, Story details, Review  presentation and charts – for cross team visibility and collaboration and to manage inter-team dependencies.

·   Ensured team follows meticulously all workflow steps like Architecture approval, code review, test case automation and documentation completed for every story.

·   Updated the Enterprise level Wiki; Changes to architecture design and database tables, addition to the Test Case and Web Services Repository.

Kaptest.com

  • Rebranded Kaptest.com, the high volume customer facing portal with additional content inclusion of dynamic promotions and several other functionality.
  • Collaborated with multiple teams and delivered the needed design and UI changes, front end implementation, back end development, CMS changes, QA and deployment.
  • Coordinated the UAT process and focus group testing and delivered a quality and stable website, in an alarmingly short time.
  • Facilitated the Daily Standup Meeting and used it effectively to help protect the team from distractions and interruptions, to remove roadblocks/impediments and to impact empowerment and productivity.
  • Created and maintained the Scrum Board as an information radiator to track progress of the sprint.

Class Prediction Engine

  • The Class Prediction Engine is a system that asynchronously generates daily forecasts of the final enrollments in classes using statistical models. It reads daily enrollment data from the ODS, and writes it into an application database that is visible to client systems.
  • Prioritized the stories for the different teams involved additionally, to address all several integration aspects and deployment.
  • Facilitated Backlog Grooming Meetings with Product Owners of other teams.

 

Agile Scrum Master / Project Manager                       June 2009- April 2011
Hewlett Packard USA

Client: Motor Vehicles Commission, State of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

  • Worked on HP’s MATRX (Motor Vehicles Automated Transaction System) - A state of the art system using IBM Tools with Java and Oracle technologies.
  • Agile Project Manager for the Report Writer Subproject and Scrum Master for the Cross Functional Reports, Forms, Correspondences, Documents and Scans team.

Report Writer: Project Manager

  • The legacy system consisted of 584 reports that included scheduled, on demand, adhoc reports, interfaces and bulk data transfer using secure file transfer. The task was to clean up the report repertoire across the identified 51 sub processes and implement them in a phased manner.
  • Independently managed and delivered the entire Report Writer functionality.
  • Worked closely with Business and IT departments to analyze and the clients’ requirements compiled them, determined deltas with the existing reporting data and developed a comprehensive list of drill down tabular, graphical and dashboard reports.
  • Eliminated redundant reports, combined, modified and created new reports.
  • Gained a thorough understanding of reporting architectures, data warehousing, ETL, security and access control concepts. 

Cross-functional Team: Scrum Master

Forms                           

  • The project replaced all the existing paper forms to web based forms. The forms should be capable of being filled out, stored and submitted online.
  • Technologies used are Xpression, Adobe LiveCycle and Filenet document management system.
  • A complete Web Based Transaction Center was designed, capable of carrying out transactions online.

Correspondences

  • Correspondences project included automatic generation and delivery of all periodic notices - renewal, account / license / registration status and status change - via email and mail, to customers.
  • This project also included the real time generation of invoice, receipt, acknowledgement, rejection, and pended notices for online transactions.
  • The other functionality was capability for logging feedback, comments, complaints, suggestions and customer interactions; implementation of optional surveys and polls.

 Scans

  • The scan sub system involved the Capture and Retrieval of data from signature pads, bar code and document scanners with an end goal of implementing a paperless Document Management Systems
  • Acted as Product Owner and helped create Product Backlogs and as Scrum Master, facilitated all Agile ceremonies and meetings.
  • Worked in close coordination with software architecture, design and development teams and developed sprint backlogs in line with the delivery schedule and pay points of functional teams.

 

Scrum Master/Product Owner                                               May 2008- April 2009
Delta Dental of Virginia, Roanoke, VA

 

  • Worked in a fully functional Agile-Scrum SDLC, to redesign, enhance and customize DCS2000 – in-house dental insurance administration software for Delta Dental of Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas.
  • Functioned as Scrum Master for onboarding a new client – Delta Dental of Colorado that involved a complete release spanning with 12 scrum iterations.

Electronic Data Interchange

  • The project was to integrate DCS2000 with Mercury Data Exchange, a clearinghouse; the tasks were the migration to 4010A1 norms, secure data transfer functionality for eligibility enquiry and response, predetermination, claims submission and remittance processing.

Electronic Funds Transfer

  • The project was to automate the process of generating invoices and collecting premiums from Risk Groups and admin fees from Administrative Services Groups. Payments were drafted through ACH.

 - This project saved nearly 1000 man-hours of back office work /month.

   - Created an estimated $200,000/year in saving by automating the process of payment to providers through ACH.

   - Realized an 85% reduction in time taken to pay providers after the receipt of claims.

Provider Notification of Overpayment and Recovery

  • The task was to automate the process of notifying Providers of overpayment and recovery.

Client Knowledge Reporting

  • A reporting web application was developed in ASP.net and SQL backend which included 27 reports.
  • Analyzed data sets from multiple data sources (SQL Server 2005, and Oracle 9i and 10g), defined unique related datasets for advanced reporting. Used LDAP to manage the provision of access to the report, among Group Administrators, Brokers, Subscribers, Providers and Internal Users.

Responsibilities

  • Helped produce and provide estimates, schedules and status reports during two releases – Orange 08, Maroon 09.
  • Conducted interviews with business users/stakeholders from Colorado, Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas, to gather requirements for customization and enhancement.
  • Analyzed all the clients’ requirements, compiled them, determined deltas with the existing functionality and developed generic customized enhancement requirements to meet the needs of all of them. 
  • Created work flow diagrams, process diagrams and design documents using UML notation in MS Visio.
  • Conducted Joint Application Design sessions with developers to define project scope and functionality.
  • Created and managed BRD, FDD and User stories;
  • Worked with Benefit Services Department and analyzed the number of calls registered on each product. Helped reduce the number of calls by 35% (Improvement realized over a 6 months period).

 

Scrum Master / Research Manager                      August 2001 – October 2007

Government College of Tech. Coimbatore, India

  • Responsible for managing the research programs from requirements through completion.

Responsibilities:

  • Created a detailed project proposal, complete with initial and ongoing resource requirements
  • Gathered and implemented all requirements during the entire life cycle of accreditation process meticulously adhering to Government procedures and University norms.
  • Worked with multiple disciplines, customized projects modules, and multiple teams in a Government environment.
  • Defined complete scope of the individual project modules through interactions with research supervisors, scholars and Government officials.
  • Resolved conflicts arising from the diversity of disciplines and through detailed scheduling in phases of individual projects based on supervisor, student and institution overall interest.
  • Effectively proposed for distribution of funds allotted in a phased manner for the subscription of journals, participation in conferences, organizing guest lectures/workshops.
  • Developed and maintained precise documentation of lessons learned for future preventive and corrective actions.
  • Helped establish a fully functional research coordination cell, new research centers in individual engineering and science departments and developed a software application for enrollment/approval of research supervisors, admission/enrollment of research scholars, with ability to tracking their progress.

Superheated Steam Temperature control Process

  • This project involved creation of mathematical and analytical models for the 210MW turbine's Superheated Steam temperature control process from real time data collected.
  • Created ARX, Artificial Neural Networks, and ANFIS models using Genetic Algorithm and Simulated Annealing, Symbolic Computation and Artificial intelligence concepts.
  • Managed a team of 12 for approximately 1 year; researched and analyzed the existing real time processes, information systems, and their future direction.
  • Provided recommendations for enhanced system modeling to facilitate better understanding of the processes.
  • Identified time and costs pertaining to the recommended modeling solution.
  • Prepared reports and graphs related to operational costs, utilization trends and forecasting using corporate database.
  • Managed a high profile dynamic team of engineers and research scholars effectively utilizing their diverse skills.
  • Facilitated the training through carefully designed courses to enable the scholars to gain expertise required to apply the latest trends.
  • Performed various analyses and constantly rescheduled activities to meet the demands of the team and the business.

 

 

 

Project Manager/Infrastructure                                  August 1997 - August 2001
Directorate of Technical Education, Tamil Nadu, India

  • Responsible for creating and managing the infrastructure and operations of Electronics and Computer laboratories at a newly established Government Engineering College at Bargur.
  • Tasks included planning, procurement, installation and commissioning of all the machinery / equipment, hardware and software, in compliance with Government norms.
  • Studied and assessed the Government systems and business processes, Performed requirement analysis, and meticulously designed various procurement documents for vendor management.
  • Participated in project planning and implementation scheduling meetings with Public Works Department officials and College authorities throughout the project life cycle.
  • Worked in accordance with project plans and scope effectively adapting to changes.
  • Functioned as the primary liaison between the Government funding authorities, vendors, and over-sight team throughout the project cycle.
  • Helped Project Manager in the procurement, installation, commissioning and handing over of all machinery and equipment
  • Actively involved in the planning and utilization of huge government funds effectively, using all cost refundable, time and materials and fixed price contracts.

Visa Status

  • Green Card

Work experience

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, Senior Project Manager / Scrum Master
May 2011 - August 2012, New York, New York, United States
Agile Project Manager/Scrum Master May 2011- Dec 2012 Kaplan Inc., New York, NY •Part of the Agile Centre of Excellence team to migrate the IT and Kaplan Business teams to adopt Agile best practices. •Scrum Master for the Business Intelligence (Data Warehouse & Reporting) and Core Web Services teams, delivering projects to enterprise wide IT/Business teams. Agile COE •Performed Agile Management / Leadership activities high-profile individuals and teams to embrace Agile seamlessly. •Provided expert guidance to form cross-functional teams of diverse skillsets and functions to self-organize effectively. •Helped Business Product owners to create and manage roadmaps, release and sprint backlogs; constantly and consistently convincing them of the Agile values of increment and iterative delivery. •Coordinated with Business teams and organized, scheduled and facilitated User Story Workshops to create stories with varied level of details for Roadmaps, Release Backlog and Sprint Backlogs. •Helped Product Owners with the prioritization and maintenance of Backlogs in time for the Sprint Planning meeting •Coached teams with Story estimation techniques and embrace them without apprehension whatsoever. •Introduced and implemented Information Radiators like Sprint Scrum Board, Release and Sprint Burn-down charts, Velocity, for all the teams. •Help Scrum Masters facilitate Sprint Review and Retrospective meeting and to follow up on the action items identified. Scrum Master for Data Warehouse and Web Services teams •Functioned as the Scrum Master for the Pilot teams in implementing Agile Practices. •Facilitated Sprint Planning, Daily Standup, Backlog Grooming, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective meetings •Facilitated Backlog Grooming Meetings with Product Owners and selected team members to update and prepare the Sprint Backlog for iteration planning. •Organized and lead the Sprint planning meetings; encouraged discussions among team members so that stories were clearly understood and scoped, estimated stories using story points with sizing them whenever necessary, tasked them out, and ensured overall transparency, accuracy and consistency in maintained. •Estimated stories using Story Points and helped teams with the estimation using Planning Poker. •Facilitated the Daily Standup Meeting and used it effectively to help protect the team from distractions and interruptions, to remove roadblocks/impediments and to impact empowerment and productivity. •Created and maintained the Scrum Board as an information radiator to track progress of the sprint. •Lead the Sprint Review /Demo Meeting; Presented Sprint Metrics and Release trends that included Velocity, Cumulative Flow Diagrams, Burn-down charts, to encourage teams maintain a sustainable pace. •Sent out individual invitations to Business teams’ representatives in addition to the general agenda to ensure proper attendance for completed story review and signoff. •Maintained the teams’ Wiki pages; Folders for each Sprint containing Sprint Metrics, Story details, Review presentation and charts – for cross team visibility and collaboration and to manage inter-team dependencies. •Ensured team follows meticulously all workflow steps like Architecture approval, code review, test case automation and documentation completed for every story. •Updated the Enterprise level Wiki; Changes to architecture design and database tables, addition to the Test Case and Web Services Repository.

Hewlett Packard at State New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission, , Lead Business Analyst - Forms, Reports, Correspondence, Documents
June 2009 - April 2011, Trenton, NJ, United States
Lead for the development of Web Forms, Reports, Paper and email correspondence, Documents and Contracts across all Motor Vehicles Commission Business modules. Re-engineered the existing legacy processes and systems to the latest web based techology. Reports: Reengineered over 1500 reports, 200 Forms, 45 Douments/Contracts/Agreements, and 75 correspondences. Delivered 200 Reports, 100 forms, 50 contracts and 64 emails that could be accessed/delivered/downloaded online.

Delta Dental of Virginia, Senior Business Systems Analyst / Project Manager / Scrum Master
May 2008 - April 2009, Roanoke, Virgina, United States
•Performed the functions of a Business Analyst in a fully functional Agile-Scrum SDLC, to redesign, enhance and customize DCS2000 – in-house dental insurance administration software for Delta Dental of Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas. •Later functioned as Scrum Master for bringing aboard a new client – Delta Dental of Colorado, that involved a complete release spanning 12 scrum iterations. Electronic Data Interchange •The project was to integrate DCS2000 with Mercury Data Exchange, a clearinghouse; the tasks were the migration to 4010A1 norms, secure data transfer functionality for eligibility enquiry and response, predetermination, claims submission and remittance processing. Electronic Funds Transfer •The project was to automate the process of generating invoices and collecting premiums from Risk Groups and admin fees from Administrative Services Groups. Payments were drafted through ACH. •This project saved nearly 1000 man-hours of back office work /month. •Created an estimated $200,000/year in saving by automating the process of payment to providers through ACH. •Realized an 85% reduction in time taken to pay providers after the receipt of claims. Provider Notification of Overpayment and Recovery •The task was to automate the process of notifying Providers of overpayment and recovery. Client Knowledge Reporting •A reporting web application was developed in ASP.net and SQL backend which included 27 reports. •Analyzed data sets from multiple data sources (SQL Server 2005, and Oracle 9i and 10g), defined unique related datasets for advanced reporting. Used LDAP to manage the provision of access to the report, among Group Administrators, Brokers, Subscribers, Providers and Internal Users. Responsibilities •Helped produce and provide estimates, schedules and status reports during two releases – Orange 08, Maroon 09. •Conducted interviews with business users/stakeholders from Colorado, Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas, to gather requirements for customization and enhancement. •Analyzed all the clients’ requirements, compiled them, determined deltas with the existing functionality and developed generic customized enhancement requirements to meet the needs of all of them. •Created work flow diagrams, process diagrams and design documents using UML notation in MS Visio. •Conducted Joint Application Design sessions with developers to define project scope and functionality. •Created and managed BRD, FDD and User stories; •Worked with Benefit Services Department and analyzed the number of calls registered on each product. Helped reduce the number of calls by 35% (Improvement realized over a 6 months period).

Government College of Technology, Project Manager - Doctoral Research Program
August 2001 - April 2007, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
• Established a research facility to gain approval to conduct research program for PhD degree. • Independently managed and reported the progress of the first two batches of research students from enrollment to award of degree per University norms. Responsibilities: •Created a detailed project proposal, complete with initial and ongoing resource requirements •Gathered and implemented all requirements during the entire life cycle of accreditation process meticulously adhering to Government procedures and University norms. •Worked with multiple disciplines, customized projects modules, and multiple teams in a Government environment. •Defined complete scope of the individual project modules through interactions with research supervisors, scholars and Government officials. •Resolved conflicts arising from the diversity of disciplines and through detailed scheduling in phases of individual projects based on supervisor, student and institution overall interest. •Effectively proposed for distribution of funds allotted in a phased manner for the subscription of journals, participation in conferences, organizing guest lectures/workshops. •Developed and maintained precise documentation of lessons learned for future preventive and corrective actions. •Helped establish a fully functional research coordination cell, new research centers in individual engineering and science departments and developed a software application for enrollment/approval of research supervisors, admission/enrollment of research scholars, with ability to tracking their progress.

Mettur Thermal Power Plant, Project Manager / Research Analyst
October 2002 - August 2004, Mettur, Tamil Nadu, India
•Created mathematical and analytical models for real time power generation process •Designed artificial intelligence based PID controllers for the process Superheated Steam Temperature control Process •This project involved creation of mathematical and analytical models for the 210MW turbine's Superheated Steam temperature control process from real time data collected. •Created ARX, Artificial Neural Networks, and ANFIS models using Genetic Algorithm and Simulated Annealing, Symbolic Computation and Artificial intelligence concepts. •Managed a team of 12 for approximately 1 year; researched and analyzed the existing real time processes, information systems, and their future direction. •Provided recommendations for enhanced system modeling to facilitate better understanding of the processes. •Identified time and costs pertaining to the recommended modeling solution. •Prepared reports and graphs related to operational costs, utilization trends and forecasting using corporate database. •Managed a high profile dynamic team of Masters and research scholars effectively utilizing their diverse skills. •Facilitated the training through carefully designed courses to enable the scholars to gain expertise required to apply the latest trends. •Performed various analyses and constantly rescheduled activities to meet the demands of the team and the business.

Government College of Engineering, Project Manager/Infrastructure Establishment
August 1997 - August 2001, Bargur, Tamil Nadu, India
•Established AC and DC Electrical Machinery, Power Electronics, Microprocessor and Computer Laboratories for the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department Electrical Engineering Department: Infrastructure Establishment Manager The requirement was to establish new Engineering Laboratories at the new Campus at Bargur. Tasks included planning, procurement, installation and commissioning of all the machinery / equipment, hardware and software, in compliance with Government norms. •Studied and assessed the Government systems and business processes •Performed requirement analysis, and meticulously designed various procurement documents for vendor management. •Participated in project planning and implementation scheduling meetings with Public Works Department officials and College authorities throughout the project life cycle. •Worked in accordance with project plans and scope effectively adapting to changes. •Functioned as the primary liaison between the Government funding authorities, vendors, and over-sight team throughout the project cycle. •Helped Project Manager in the procurement, installation, commissioning and handing over of all machinery and equipment •Actively involved in the planning and utilization of huge government funds effectively, using all cost refundable, time and materials and fixed price contracts. •The completion of the project on schedule facilitated the shifting of the college to the new campus on time.