Adjunct Faculty from Industry for Computer Science and Engineering (Cyber Security)

1. Mr. Upendra Mardikar is an Adjunct Faculty specializing in Cyber Security within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Concurrently, he holds the role of EVP and Chief Information Security Officer at TIAA. In addition to his academic and executive responsibilities, Mr. Mardikar is recognized as an Author, Advisor, and Mentor. With a rich technical background, he is a prolific inventor and a strategic cyber security & digital identity business-enabler executive. Employing an “art of possible” mindset, he has effectively led global teams in securing world-class organizations, having occupied executive and senior leadership positions at TIAA, American Express, Visa, and PayPal. Noteworthy in his technical profile, Mr. Mardikar is credited with an impressive portfolio of 99 patents, both issued and pending. His contributions have been acknowledged with awards for innovation and leadership, affirming his substantial impact in the dynamic field of cyber security and technology leadership.

2. Ms. Isha Mujumdar holds the position of Adjunct Faculty within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, specializing in Cyber Security. Concurrently, she serves as the Founder & Managing Director of Vigilante Cyber Forces (VCF). Ms. Isha Mujumdar is a project guide for students in our department, offering technical guidance and support. Ms. Mujumdar is an accomplished Cybersecurity Entrepreneur and Enthusiast, leveraging her extensive expertise as a Pentester & Auditor. Her impressive roster of professional certifications includes:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) accredited by EC-Council
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certified by EC-Council
  • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) with EC-Council accreditation
  • Certified Network Defender (CND)
  • Wheebox Employability Skills Test Certificate
  • NSE 1 and NSE 2 certifications from Fortinet

3. Mr. Ketan Paithankar assumes the role of Adjunct Faculty within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, specializing in Cyber Security. Concurrently, he serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Konverge.AI, with oversight over Learning & Development, Research & Development, and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) functions. Ms. Ketan Paithankar is a project guide for students in our department, offering technical guidance and support. Leveraging an expansive 11+ years of experience, Mr. Paithankar demonstrates expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Data Science, Computer Networking, Distributed Systems, Cloud, DevOps, and Cybersecurity. His core identity as a committed coder underscores his dedication to addressing intricate business challenges.

Noteworthy Technical Achievements:

  • Designed and Developed the Android Application “WichitaReport”
  • Received a Special “Certificate of Appreciation” from the CIO, IT City of Wichita
  • Felicitated by City of Wichita Mayor, Mr. Carl Brewer, in a City Council Meeting

4. Mr. Abhir Naik assumes the role of Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, specializing in Cyber Security. Simultaneously, he serves as a Senior Developer at Zscaler, demonstrating expertise as a Cybersecurity Expert and Ethical Hacker. Mr. Abhir Naik is a project guide for students in our department, offering technical guidance and support. Notably certified, Mr. Naik holds designations such as:

  • Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator
  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • Palo Alto Networks Systems Engineer (PSE)- Foundation
  • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator
  • CyberOps Associate


Professor of Practice for Computer Science and Engineering (Cyber Security)

1. Dr. Kumud Ranjan is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, specializing in Cyber Security. As a Semiconductor Scientist/Consultant with a Ph.D. from NTU-Singapore, he brings over 19 years of experience. His expertise spans compound semiconductor research & development, project management, international collaborations, technology business incubation, and technology consultancy. A former DRDO Scientist, Dr. Ranjan is a Semiconductor thought leader, specializing in GaN/SiC technology for Aerospace & Defense applications. His research at NTU focused on Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology crucial for high-power communication systems in Telecom, RADAR, satellite, 5G, and nuclear applications. He has authored/co-authored 60+ international journal and conference papers and collaborated with Nobel laureate Dr. Hiroshi Amano (2014) on GaN vertical diode development. Dr. Ranjan has also collaborated with renowned institutions globally, including MIT-USA, Ohio State-USA, GNS-New Zealand, Nagoya Univ-Japan, AIXaTECH GmbH-Germany, IME, A-STAR, and IMRE-Singapore.

2. Mr. Swapnil Shrivastava, a Professor of Practice in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (Cyber Security), boasts over two decades of experience as a researcher, technologist, innovator, strategist, subject matter expert, and manager. Currently serving as a Platform Architect at the eHealth Research Centre (EHRC) in IIIT Bangalore, he is spearheading the conceptualization of the National Telemanas Platform, envisioned as the world’s largest Mental Health Repository. His extensive contributions at C-DAC include leading Applied Research Projects, Mission Mode Projects, and Turnkey Projects for diverse clients, ranging from DGF-World Bank to EPFO and UIDAI. Notable achievements include presenting innovative ideas in Big Data Analytics and providing technical consultancy to entities like BEL Indian Army and EPFO. With a robust academic presence, Mr. Shrivastava has authored 23 papers, chapters, keynote addresses, and tutorial sessions at events organized by IETE, IEEE, ACM, IGI, and Springer. Additionally, he has delivered 40 invited talks in various professional courses and workshops organized by reputable bodies and institutes. Pursuing a Ph.D. in Big Data Security and Privacy at IIIT Bangalore in the healthcare domain, Mr. Shrivastava maintains his association as a technical expert with C-DAC while also being a spiritual practitioner and blogger.


Industry Internship

Sr.NoName of StudentIndustryDuration
1Narayani SinghCyberReconN7 months
2Sanskriti SoodZScalar3 months
3Hrishikesh PandeyZScalar3 Months
4Nishit GuptaZScalar3 months
5Vedant BangdeISAC3 months
6Isha KushwahVCF Cyber Solutions3 months
7Aantorika SurVCF Cyber Solutions3 months
8Darshan RayalaIT-NetworkZ Infosystems Pvt Ltd3 months

Project Group with Industry Mentor


Sr.NoProject TitleProject GuideIndustry Mentor
1Honeypot Attack Tracker and Alert SystemProf. Ankit MahuleKetan Paithankar
2Vulnerability Evaluation Suggester (VulnCombat)Dr. Rashmi WelekarIsha Mujumdar
3Browser IsolationDr. Charanjeet DadiayalaAbhir Naik
4Crowdfunding System using BlockchainDr. Rashmi WelekarIsha Mujumdar
5Next-Generation Host-Based FirewallDr. Charanjeet DadiayalaAbhir Naik
6KeyLoggerProf. Ankita JaiswalIsha Mujumdar
7Graphical Password maker and Authentication SystemProf. Monika BagadeKetan Paithankar



Sr.NoProject TitleProject GuideIndustry Mentor
1Password Manager with Python and SQLDr. Rashmi WelekarIsha Mujumdar
2User Authentication SystemProf. Firdous IsmailKetan Paithankar
3Secure Decentralized Data Storage and Sharing SystemProf. Harshala ShingneIsha Mujumdar
4AAA Advancement in Cloud SecurityProf. Harshala ShingneIsha Mujumdar
5USB Next Generation FirewallDr. Charanjeet DadiayalaAbhir Naik
6Next Generation FirewallDr. Charanjeet DadiayalaAbhir Naik
7Building Cybersecurity posture dashboard of an OrganisationProf. Ankit MahuleKetan Paithankar
8Building a Q&A bot to answer Cybersecurity questions of an OrganisationProf. Ankit MahuleKetan Paithankar
9Development of recommendation system for Traffic Rewards module on multiple parametersDr.Rashmi WelekarBhuwnesh Joshi
10Specified Object Detection from VideoDr.Rashmi WelekarBhuwnesh Joshi