Technology Team

Project Description

The Technology team spans all of CLIx, working closely with the Curriculum and Production teams on the education technology used in the curriculum, with the implementation teams on the infrastructure in schools, with the website team for communications and outreach, and with the Research team to support data acquisition and analysis. Technology plays a supporting role in the active and experiential learning experiences being developed by CLIx.

Brandon Muramatsu

Project Director & Team Lead, Masschusetts Institute of Technology

I have been involved in the development of learning technologies to support open education/ open courseware, teaching and learning, online learning, educational digital libraries and engineering education since 1993. My work focuses on the potential of open education to improve teaching and learning worldwide. I lead the design and implementation of national and international Strategic Education Initiatives in the MIT Office of Digital Learning. I also work with faculty to implement learning technologies in their classes.

  • BS (1993), University of California, Berkeley. Mechanical Engineering.
  • MS (1993), University of California, Berkeley. Mechanical Engineering.
  • Management of Technology Certificate (1993), University of California, Berkeley.
  • Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA USA
  • Website: Link

Ashwin Nagappa

Lead Technologist & Team Co-Lead, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

Trained as a computer science engineer, I have worked for an Indian multinational as an IT analyst in India and the US. My passion for photography and storytelling led me from software development to the humanities. My primary interests are photography, web development, software studies, new media research and ICT research. As the lead technologist in CLIx I am responsible for technology decisions related to hardware configuration, curriculum design and development, research data gathering and analysis.

  • MA (2015), TISS, Mumbai. Media and Cultural Studies.
  • PG Diploma (2013), School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai. Community Media.
  • BE (2006), VTU, Belgaum. Computer Science and Engineering.
  • Location: TISS, Mumbai
  • Website: Link

Alpesh Gajbe

System Administrator, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

I am passionate about technology and its application. My role in CLIx is to support the Technology team in its decision-making processes.

  • BE, Mumbai University. Information Technology.
  • Location: TISS, Mumbai

Brandon Hanks

Software Developer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

My background is in physical sciences. I also spent seven years mapping remote and low resource areas. Immediately prior to CLIx I was a web and mobile developer for Boston area start-ups. As a member of CLIx, I’m developing both curriculum content and the technology to deliver it.

  • BS (2007), Northern Kentucky University. Physics; Minor in Chemistry.
  • BS (2007) Northern Kentucky University. Mathematics (Natural Sciences Focus).
  • Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA USA

Cole Shaw

Senior Software Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    My current work focuses on educational technology platforms for competency-based and adaptive assessments. I do full-stack development and support initiatives at MIT as well as other institutions. Previous to MIT, I worked for a Department of Energy national laboratory and served in the Peace Corps.

    • BSE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Electrical Engineering.
    • MSE, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Electrical Engineering: Systems.
    • SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Technology and Policy.
    • Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA USA

    Kathleen McMahon

    UI/⁠UX Developer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    I have been designing and developing interactive experiences for a wide range of Fortune 500 companies and digital design agencies since 1994. Combining code with creativity is my passion. As a UI/⁠UX Developer at SEI, my focus is creating modern, elegant and usable solutions for the learning technology space. When I am not multitasking between design and code innovations, I am racing bikes, managing the CX sisters social media campaign to increase women participation in cyclocross racing, and empowering women to grow their technology skills as a TA for Girl Develop It’s Boston Chapter.

    • B.A. (1994), University of Massachusetts at Amherst [2]. Multimedia Development.
    • Location: MIT, Cambridge, MA USA
    • Website: Link

    Kedar H. Aitawdekar

    Lead Software Developer, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

    I’m a full-stack open source developer with a computer programming background. I am enthusiastic about learning and using new technologies. I have coded for the educational (platform) projects NUSSD, NROER and i2c. At CLIx, I am part of the development team.

    • MCA (Master of Computer Application 2013), Maharastra Education Trust, Mumbai, University of Mumbai.
    • BCA (2010), IGNOU,  Computer Applications.

      Keerthi K. R. D.

      Assistant Project Manager, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

      I started my career as Quality Analyst at Accenture after completing my degree in engineering. My curiosity about the economics of industries made me pursue a MBA. Before joining CLIx, I worked with CIET(NCERT). I was involved in managing tasks, gathering inputs and documenting the progress of the software that was being developed for CIET and for i2c. I have volunteered as a teacher in after-school programmes for students in Dharavi and Govandi. I love crunching data and reading books and articles related to sociology and economics. I spend my leisure hours making items out of unused things. In CLIx, I manage a team of interns who are authoring CLIx modules on the learning platform, and conduct testing for the technology team.

      • MBA (2014), VIT Business School, VIT University.
      • B. Tech (2011), G Narayanamma Institute of Technology and Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. Electrical Engineering.

        Mrunal Nachankar

        System Administrator, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR

        I am working as a system administrator at CLIx(TISS). Handling linux servers and exploring new tools and software is a good experience as is working with virtual machines, docker, jenkins and ansible and developing bash scripts to automate repetitive tasks. I am looking forward to working on a large-scale project.I have worked in gnowledge-lab under Prof Nagarjuna G, Homi Bhabha Centre Science Education. I have learned more about free and open source projects through this work. I hope to continue to explore new technologies and contribute and support to various projects of gnowledge-lab and CIET-NCERT, New Delhi(NROER project).

        • B.Sc (2009), Elphinstone College, University of Mumbai. Information Technology.

          Nutan Bharati

          Educational Technologist, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR

          My work links education and technology through multimedia, instruction/ learning design and e-learning. My specialisations have included management studies as well as education in open, traditional, and blended modes. AT CLIx, I am responsible for mapping the technology of education.

          • Ph.D (2000), University of Delhi. Education Technology.
          • Location: TISS, Mumbai

          Padmini Sampath

          Product Manager – CLIx Platform & Interactives, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

            I believe that technology can help ensure quality of delivery in large scale education projects. My background is in the semiconductor industry and all my engineering experience has been in semiconductor development and embedded system design. I am interested in using my technology management experience in large scale education and skilling projects. At CLIx, I am part of the Technology team which is developing the Content Creation and Delivery Platform.

            • B.E Electronics and Communication Engineering (1989), Government College of Technology, Bharathiyar University.

              Prachi Bhatia

              Senior Software Engineer, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

              Being a Creative Technologist fascinates me. I started my career as an Associate Engineer at Wipro Technologies. I then joined as Researcher at SAMEER’s Lab, IIT, Bombay while serving at the same time as part-time tutor ​for engineering subjects like VLSI and Integrated Control Theory. My research work can be found at the IEEE xplore digital library. [1] As a member of CLIx development team, I’m developing the web templates for the curriculum teams and the platform to deliver them on.

              •  M.Tech(2016), NMIMS University. Electronics and Telecommunication.
              •  B.E (2013), Visvesvaraya technological University. Electronics and Instrumentation.
              • Location: Mumbai

              Rachana Balkrishna Katkam

              Senior Software Engineer, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

              I am a fullstack developer. Being a linux lover, python player, mongodb martinet, I enjoy building software applications. And ofcourse, I also like to do some magic with Javascript and CSS. About my work, contributed to Sugarlabs, OLPC, working for a core collaborative learning platform ‘metastudio’. In free time, I like to read, understand and explore technologies that are booming and also the ones that are left behind.


              • M.C.A (2014), University of Mumbai.
              • B.Sc IT (2010), University of Mumbai

                Ramjee Swaminathan

                Chief Technologist, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

                I have some three decades of professional experience; for the past 9 years, I have been a teacher of adolescents and a teacher-trainer in alternative and rural schools in India. My earlier avatars include being a blast furnace operator, banker, entrepreneur, publisher, editor, teacher, programmer, product manager/architect, computer science researcher, and farmer. Tinkero Ergo Sum. At CLIx I focus on managing, adapting, and unravelling educational technologies for the Indian milieu.

                • B. Tech (1986), Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Metallurgical Engineering.

                  Sadaqat Faqih Mulla

                  Project Manager (Platform and Tools), CLIx

                    I am passionate about education and its complexities. My areas of interest are interdisciplinary, including educational technology, OERs, design-based research, teacher education and educational innovations, especially in the global south. At CLIx, I work with the technology team to streamline platform development. Previously, I worked with Tata Consultancy Services as a software engineer and with various voluntary organizations in India and the UK on educational projects. I have a critical yet optimistic approach to things.

                    •    MA(2016), UCL Institute of Education, University College, London; Education, Technology and International Development.

                    •    BE(2011),SDM College of Engineering & Technology, Dharwad, Visvesvaraya Technological University; Electronics and Communications Engineering.

                      Saurabh Bharswadkar

                      Software Engineer, CLIx

                        I have been designing and working on the front end of CLIx. As a developer, I enjoy managing the backend, too. My expertise and knowledge are in CSS, SAAS and Python. I balance my work with trekking, travelling, exploring and enriching my own experiences. ‘Part time coder and full time explorer ‘ describes me well.

                        •    MCA(2014), MET’s Institute of Computer Science, Mumbai University.
                        •    BCA(2011), NSB College, SRTM University, Nanded.

                          Tanvi Barge

                          Field Technologist, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

                          I am a Young India Fellow and have worked with a M-learning technology start-up in Singapore. I enjoy teaching, and have mentored underprivileged school children in New Delhi. With the aim of using technical knowledge for social causes, I have also been actively involved in documentary filmmaking and youth voluntary action. I am passionate about innovation, Information Security, Computer Networks, and Mobile Technology.

                          • Diploma (2015), Information Security Management.
                          • MA (2013), TISS, Mumbai. Media and Cultural Studies.
                          • BE (2011), Information Technology.

                            Tanvi Domadia

                            Senior Software Engineer, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

                              I have worked in cloud technology at Accenture and YESCRM Consultants. While working as a tutor with Teach for India and Bookwallah Organisation to improve literacy levels of children, I had the opportunity to explore curriculum design and development. My interests include storytelling, literature, coding and software studies. As a senior software engineer in CLIx technology team, I am exploring different ways to develop and support educational technology products for rural areas.

                              • B.E in Computer Science – 2013 (K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering)

                                Tejas Shah

                                Software Engineer, Centre for Education, Innovation & Action Research, TISS

                                  Before joining CLIx, I have worked independently in various capacities in IT and served as a Solar Energy Promoter and an Electrical System Integrator at Earth Yantra Energy. I have also created one-minute product explainer videos for startups. In CLIx, I am  part of the technology team; I work on the development and  deployment of open edtech software.

                                  • B.E (2016), Dattakala Faculty of Engineering, Savitribai Phule Pune University (Formerly known as University Of Pune). Electrical Engineering.

                                    Amitabh Anand

                                    Field Technologist, Chattisgarh

                                      My main areas of interest are Web Programming, and Networking. I have 13 years of programming experience in the IT sector.

                                      • GNIIT (Graduate, National Institute of Information Technology, 2002), Delhi.
                                      • B.Sc (1996), Lucknow University. Physics and Maths.

                                        Hemant Nebhani

                                        Field Technologist, Telangana.

                                          I have over seven years of experience in the domain of technology, Process Interface development expertise in leading IT process design, training assignments, and information assessment across industries in India. I was a Senior Engineer with The Times Of India group, and also served as a Technical Assistant for National Council of Science Museums, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India.

                                          • B.Sc (2009), RD National College & WA Science College, University of Mumbai. Information Technology.
                                          • Diploma (2007), Babasaheb Gawde Institute of Technology, Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education. Computer Engineering.

                                            Lalmuanawma Bawitlung

                                            Technologist, Mizoram University, Mizoram

                                            Before CLIx, I worked at HDFC Bank, recruited by Wipro Infotech as Desktop Support Engineer. In the CLIx programme, as technologist, I visit the Mizoram schools and troubleshoot problems they may be having with PCs.

                                            • BCA (Bachelor of Computer Application, 2011).
                                            • ACHNP (Advanced Certified Hardware and Networking Professional, 2014), Kolkata.
                                            • Location: Mizoram

                                            Vivek Kumar Saini

                                            Field Technologist, Centre for Education, Research and Practice, Rajasthan

                                            I am currently working in CERP as an IT Technologist. I have two years’ experience in IT Hardware and Networking. At CLIx, my responsibilities include handling the Lab-LAN network, software installation, creating labs for workshops, computer lab maintenance, and research and monitoring.

                                            • IT Diploma, (2012), Birla Technical Training Institute, Pilani.
                                            • ITI, (2009), Birla Technical Training Institute,Computer Hardware and Networking.
                                            • BA (2012), NON College, University of Rajasthan.
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