EducationPhD, Biorenewable Resources and Technology, Iowa State University, 2011
MS, Material Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, 2010
MS, Industrial Technology, Iowa State University, 2007
BTech, Textile Technology, Shivaji University, 2003
ExperienceShankar's background includes fiber processing, textile manufacturing and R&D experience in plastics and composites processing. Prior to joining CIRAS, he was a lead scientist at ISU for seven years, leading research teams in areas of product and novel resin compound development with renewable materials and polymer chemistry. In addition, he was an executive officer in the Indian fiber and textile manufacturing industry for three years, working on process optimization and productivity improvement.
Shankar helps manufacturers with their product, process, and market development needs using his expertise in polymers, technology scouting, and market intelligence. He engages with ownership and leaders in organizations to plan and execute technology scouting projects to identify effective solutions for their manufacturing needs. He also collaborates with business development managers to identify potential markets for the company's unique technology products and service offerings to enable topline growth.
Serving CIRAS from 2011.