Meet the Planys team.
Vineet Upadhyay, Dr. Krishnan Balasubramanian, Dr. Prabhu Rajagopal, Tanuj Jhunjhunwala and Rakesh Sirikonda
Co-Founder and CTO
Vineet Upadhyay is a Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai and currently leading the product development, technology management, implementation, scale-up and R&D at Planys Technologies. Through active technological leadership he's deeply engaged in pushing the frontiers of marine robotics technology for industrial applications in the inspection and maintenance segment, along with development of novel underwater inspection technologies.
Co-Founder, Advisor (Technology & Inspection)
Krishnan Balasubramaniam is currently Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and also serves as the Head of the Centre for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) at IIT Madras. He obtained his PhD from Drexel University (USA) in 1989. He is a Life Fellow of the Academia NDT International, Life Fellow of the Indian Society of Nondestructive Testing (ISNT) and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers. He has over 200 technical publications and has presented papers at several national and international meetings. He has also directed 12 PHD student dissertations and 25 MS student thesis. He has conducted more than 4 million US dollars in contract research while in US and currently has several sponsored research projects at IITM totaling more than 25 Crore Rupees.
Co-Founder, Advisor & NDT Expert
Prabhu Rajagopal is Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and an Associate of the Centre for Nondestructive Evaluation at IIT Madras (IITM). After graduating from IIT Madras in 2003 with a Dual Degree Masters in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Intelligent Manufacturing, he obtained his PhD in Ultrasonic NDE from Imperial College London, UK in 2007. As a post-doctoral researcher, he developed advanced computational tools for inspection of welds on a Rolls Royce funded project, also at Imperial (2008-2010). Joining IITM in Dec 2010, Dr. Rajagopal is currently Principal or Co-Investigator about 15 agency and industry sponsored projects, with a total value of over 15 Crore INR (about half of that as PI), and has contributed over 140 technical articles in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and 12 Indian patent filings.
Co-Founder and CEO
Tanuj Jhunjhunwala heads business development, marketing and fund raising at Planys. He is a 2014-batch alumnus from IIT Madras with Btech in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Product Design. As an engineering student at IIT Madras Tanuj was involved in various inter-disciplinary technical projects and competitions in the field of robotics.
Co-Founder and Maintainence Lead
Rakesh Sirikonda is a 2014-batch alumnus from IIT Madras with a Dual Degree in Chemical Engineering. Mr. Rakesh currently serves at the Engineering Lead at Planys Technologies. As an engineering student at IIT Madras Mr. Rakesh was involved in various technical projects and competitions in the field of robotics.