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Prof. Kavindra Sharma

Sr. Adj faculty, MPSTME
B.E. (Indore University), M.Tech. (I.I.T. Bombay)
Specialization : IT, IT and Business Strategy, Emerging Technologies


Areas of Specialization

IT, IT and Business Strategy, Emerging Technologies

Brief Profile : 

Mr. Sharma is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai), having done his Computer Science from the same institute. He has done his Electronics & Communication from Shri Govindram Sakesaria Institute of Technology and Science, Indore.

After serving for 18 years, Mr. Sharma retired from services of L&T Infotech in June 2017. He was Vice President & Global Head for Consulting for past 8 years prior to retirement. Prior to this role, he was head of their Technology Center of Excellence (CoE) responsible for driving the technology innovation cycle, and ensuring technological excellence within the organization as a Head of Technology.

He has also worked with IT Majors, like, Syntel, Patni Computers, ACS in the areas of Software development and Project Management for over 15 years, in India and USA. He was also Reader (Associate Professor) with University of Indore in their School of Computer Science for about 5 years.

At present, he is a part-time faculty teaching Emerging Technologies and Strategic Management to final year MBA-Tech students at Mukesh Patel School under NMIMS, Mumbai.

Education Details:

M.Tech (Comp Sc.) from I.I.T. Bombay in 1980-1982. Passed with distinction. 
B.E. (Electronics) from S.G.S.I.T.S., Indore in 1974-1979. Passed with distinction.

Work Details

1999 - June-2017 : Head of Consulting (Vice President reporting into COO) at L&T Infotech since 2009. Consulting has over 200 consultants in Domains like Banking and Financial Services, Insurance, Oil&Gas and Digital technologies. Prior to that (1999-2008) was Head of Technology (General Manager reporting into MD & CEO) which has groups like Center of Excellence, iLabs and Technology Change Management Group reporting into me. Established meaningful partnerships with all leading Tech vendors like Microsoft, IBM, Tibco, WebMethods, Informatica and many more, which provided needed thrust to Center of Excellence activities.

1994-1999 : Technology Head (General Manager reporting into India CEO) responsible for creating an eco-system with critical mass in emerging technologies. Was also responsible for Y2K tools and technologies during Year 2000 major change initiatives across clients in the United States. Insurance, Telecom, Transportation domain clients like AIG, AT&T and Allied Vanlines were personally managed and delivered in Y2K areas.

1985-1989 : Started as Sr. Software Engineering and rose to Software Manager in Applied Computer Science Organization, Hyderabad. This was a prominent company in Hyderabad at that time and had another sister company ERA which was US based. Designed and developed several packages for Indian as well as US Clients in the fields of Doctors Office Automation of USA, Hotel Industry (front-desk and back-office) in India (for Oberoi Hotels in Hyderabad), and enhanced several key utilities and tools in the User Interface management, Database Management using ISAM Files (B-Trees) and native APIs of Oracle 5, etc. Visited and worked in the USA frequently related to work.

1982-1985: Software Engineer with Patni Computers, Mumbai. Was deputed to Data General Inc., USA for about 2 years to work on Microcode Simulator in Unix and C environment. Also worked on Data General’s proprietary and fabled Operating Systems AOS in System Programming areas during this period.

1979-1980 : Graduate Engineer Trainee at Larsen & Toubro with their Electronics Control Division. Understood Thyristor control systems and worked on some good projects assisting in design and development of Op Amp based Thyristor Control systems for some Indian clients.

Courses Taught:

Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Software Engineering, Prolog, Information Systems 
Technology Management: Emerging Technologies, Strategic Management, IT Strategy

Teaching and Consulting Experience :

1989-1993: Associate Professor (Reader) with School of Computer Science, Devi Ahilya University, Indore. Was involved in teaching and research in the areas of Database Systems, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, System Analysis and Design, etc. Taught M.Sc. (Comp Sc.), M.C.A., and M. Tech students and guided couple of good research areas, especially in PROLOG which was considered to be 5th Generation Language at that time.

Was very active in Industry-University collaboration initiative during my tenure in Indore. Led and delivered key Consulting engagements for the University very profitably to a well-known Medical devices company in Indore as well as developed and delivered a Pension Management System for State Bank of Indore using Unify Database technology which was popular at that time.

2017-Onwards: Sr. Adj Faculty in MPSTME, NMIMS. Teaching Emerging Technologies and Strategic Management courses to 4th and 5th year students. Guiding Research projects in the area of Electric Vehicles.

Research Interest :

Autonomous Vehicles (Driverless cars), Electric Vehicles, Solar Energy.

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