Designation: Founder Director, Strand Life Sciences
Vijay Chandru had his formal training in Electrical Engineering (BITS, Pilani), in Systems Science and Engineering (UCLA) and in Decision Sciences (MIT, Cambridge). In today’s nomenclature, he would be called an early data scientist. Building on this foundation, he has had over 35 years of experience straddling various geographies, academic environments and industries.
His academic career in teaching and research in computational mathematics was substantially at Purdue University (1982-92) and the Indian Institute of Science since 1992. Chandru is currently an INAE Distinguished Technologist and adjunct visiting professor of interdisciplinary research in Bio-Engineering and in Cyber Physical Systems at the Indian Institute of Science. He is a fellow of the Indian academies of both science and engineering.
As a technology entrepreneur he was one of the inventors of the Simputer® and currently serves as the Founder Director of Strand Life Sciences, both spinoffs from IISc. He was named a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum in 2006 and for contributions to science and society, Professor Chandru was awarded the Hari Om Trust Award from the University Grants Commission in 2003 and the President’s Medal of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) in 2006. In 2008, India Today named Prof Chandru among the 50 pioneers of change in the country.