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Expert in Textiles, Fibers and Polymers

Expert ID: 733082 Georgia, USA

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The expert has acquired a rich mix of teaching, research and industrial experience spanning over a period of 35 years and this experience gives him a unique ability in innovation, design and problem solving. In his early career, he erected and commissioned a full fledged textile mill. He successfully completed hundreds of small projects sponsored by more than 100 polymer/fiber/textile companies located across the globe and also consulted with them extensively. He taught both theory and lab courses in yarn formation, weaving, knitting, technology of nonwovens, physical testing, fiber science, polymer characterization, basic statistics and quality control. His current research focuses on the design and development of engineered fiber products for conventional and unconventional applications such as personal protection, comfort, healing and recovery, body shaping, building construction, transportation, filtration, agriculture, and space exploration. As a leading member of several AATCC technical committees, he was actively involved in developing many new test methods for the performance evaluation of fiber based products, especially emerging new products based on modern technologies. As chairman of the AATCC statistics committee, he plays a lead role in defining precision and bias values for different test methods and also in revising and updating AATCC test methods based on periodic review of global test results. He has published extensively in refereed journals and also presented his work in dozens of national and international conferences. He is recognized as an international expert in the area of objective characterization of subjective properties of fiber-based products such as yarns, fabrics, garments, carpets and other miscellaneous fiber products.



One of the unique experiences that makes the expert an effective consultant/field expert is the role he played at Georgia Tech for more than 20 years as faculty member in-charge of ‘Industry and Public Support’ activities. This problem solving role he played for the benefit of innovators, manufacturers, distributors and general consumers, gave him a unique insight into the whole range of problems that occur in the textile and related industries. It also put him in continuous contact with the industry stake holders and consumers and forced him to define optimized solutions for many common and uncommon problems. This role alone engaged him in dozens of industry sponsored projects every year. As a result, he worked with more than hundred fiber based companies over the years and solved their problems numbering in several hundreds. Over the last 8-9 years, he was actively involved in providing expert testimony in court cases involving fiber based products and industries. He provided testimony in more than 20 legal disputes, which involved criminal proceedings and fiber evidence, product liability, machine safety, product performance, product design, flammability issues, patents, and patent infringement issues. He also deposed and testified in bench trials, jury trials and arbitrations, for both defendants and plaintiffs. He appeared in court rooms located in multiple states to provide expert testimony on a wide range of litigation matters involving fiber based products and industries.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia - Athens, Georgia - Macon, Georgia - Roswell, Georgia - Marietta, Georgia - Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: PhD Subject: Textile Engineering Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
Year: 1995 Degree: MS Subject: Applied Statistics/Decision Sciences Institution: Georgia State University, Atlanta
Year: 1976 Degree: MS Subject: Textile Technology Institution: University of Madras, India
Year: 1974 Degree: BS Subject: Textile Technology Institution: University of Madras, India

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Research Scientist and Senior Academic Professional Department: School of Materials Science and Engineering Responsibilities: Expert handles a number of teaching and research responsibilities, including courses in yarn formation, weaving, knitting, nonwovens, physical testing and quality control. As coordinator of an industrial consortium, worked closely with dozens of textile companies and completed nearly 40 developmental projects. He also advised graduate students on dissertation work and served as the committee chair of a dozen graduate students.
Years: 2002 to 2010 Employer: Georgia Institute of Technology Title: Senior Research Scientist Department: School of Polymer & Textile Engineering Responsibilities: Expert worked as Senior Research Scientist for just under a decade in various capacities in the textiles and manufacturing industry. He completed dozens of basic and applied research projects for the benefit of textile and related companies. He advised graduate students and also taught courses in textile manufacturing.He maintained/supervised textile testing and textile manufacturing laboratories.
Years: 1988 to 2002 Employer: Georgia Institute of Technology Title: Research Scientist Department: School of Polymer & Textile Engineering Responsibilities: Expert worked as Research Scientist and completed dozens of basic and applied research projects for the benefit of textile and related companies. He advised graduate students and also taught courses in textile manufacturing. He maintained/supervised textile testing and textile manufacturing labs.
Years: 1985 to 1988 Employer: N.C. State University Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate Department: College of Textiles Responsibilities: Expert worked as principal researcher in two major areas: applications of Kawabata techniques and evaluation of modern spinning technologies. His research contributions focused on development of functionally engineered woven, knitted and nonwoven fabrics, fabric surface modification and texture development, development of value added yarns and fabrics for superior comfort.
Years: 1980 to 1985 Employer: University of Madras Title: Professor of Textile Technology Department: P. S. G. College of Technology Responsibilities: Expert taught graduate and undergraduate courses at this Indian university. He conducted research in yarn structure and properties while playing a major role in expanding research facilities. Prior to this time he was Assistant Professor of Textile Technology at the same institution (1980-82).
Years: 1982 to 1983 Employer: Telengana Textile Mills Title: Technical Manager Department: Andhrapradesh, Inidia Responsibilities: He took 15 months leave of absence from the university to setup the first OE spinning mill in India. He was responsible for the planning, setup and commissioning of the first fully air-conditioned state-of-the-art OE spinning mill, which installed the latest OE spinning machinery.
Years: 1976 to 1980 Employer: Department of Textile Technology Title: Senior Research Fellow/Lecturer Department: Indian Institute of Technology Responsibilities: Expert carried out research for his PhD degree. He taught yarn manufacturing and textile testing courses at the undergraduate level. He was appointed as a lecturer 14 months before he defended his PhD thesis.
Years: 1980 to 1985 Employer: Self-employed on part-time basis Title: Textile Consultant Department: Responsibilities: While serving as a faculty member at the Indian university, he offered technical consultancy services to three different textile mills on a part-time basis. Services rendered included technical trouble shooting, product and process optimization, planning for modernization and renovation, preparation of feasibility reports and training/education of technical staff of the mills.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2007 to 2008 Agency: Legal Division of US Department of Commerce Role: Expert testimony on the performance of motor cycle jacket Description: Successfully supported the argument of the US Commerce Department that the design and protective performance of ceratin imported motor cycle jackets do not warrant import duty concessions
Years: 2001 to 2002 Agency: Criminal Investigation Division of the State of Georgia Role: Expert testimony involving fiber evidence Description: Analyzed the construction and properties of a braided synthetic rope which was supposedly have been used to dump the body of a victim in a lake. Provided results based testimony in the court.
Years: 2012 to 2013 Agency: Criminal Investigation Division of the State of Georgia Role: Expert testimony involving fiber evidence Description: Analyzed the fibers lifted from the outer garment of a rape victim to prove or disprove that they came from the outer garment of the alleged criminal. Provided results based testimony in the court.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1973 to 1985 Country / Region: India Summary: Expert assumed various scientific textile responsibilities in various Indian locations for this ~decade.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member, Fiber Society (1990-present)
Member, Textile Quality Control Association (Organizing Official and Board Member: 1998-2006)
Senior Member of AATCC (1991-present) (Chairman of Statistics Committee since 2009; Member of Several Technical Committes)
Life Member, Textile Association of India
Life Member, Institution of Engineers, India
Licenses / Certifications
Strong background in statistics at the level of MS degree
Expertise in Minitab and SPSS software packages
Extensive experience in univariate and multivariate data analysis and data based decision support
Professional Appointments
Committee Chair (main advisor) for 12 graduate students.
Invited Speaker of many International Conferences; Key Note Speaker of Four Conferences
Chaired Conference Sessions in more than a dozen International Conferences
Approved PhD examiner of three nationally ranked universities of India
Awards / Recognition
Received best project of the year award from the government of the state of Tamilnadu, India for the year 1983.

Received the best project proposal award from the National Textile Center ( A special funding agency of the US government)

Received several teaching excellence awards
Medical / Professional
Expert served as a consultant for 15 years for a metro Atlanta based global supplier of surgeon prescribed post-operative healing garments and non-prescribed body shaping garments.

Expert assisted a nationwide supplier of healthcare textiles to design and obtain FDA certification for operating room towels.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has delivered close to 100 presentations in national and international conferences and published several papers in leading research journals. Expert has also published over 40 refereed papers in international research journals and more than a dozen articles in trade and technical journals

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Hindi Indian national language
Telugu One of the regional languages of India (mother tongue)
Tamil One of the regional languages of India

Fields of Expertise

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