About us

Robominds was founded by Prakalpa & Chris Bastianpillai in 2013, to provide a hands-on learning opportunity for India's youngsters, the leaders of tomorrow, through the latest in robotics educational technology.




Founders

Prakalpa Bastianpillai
Prakalpa Bastianpillai has a BS in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Cummins College of Engineering, Pune and an MS in Electronic Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana, USA. She has nearly two decades of experience in the USA, working for multi-national corporations such as Cummins, Daimler-Chrysler, Microsoft, PerkinElmer, Solectron, and Sanmina, specializing in product development, manufacture, and project management. In 2010 she decided to leave the corporate world and become an entrepreneur, establishing several business ventures in the USA and India. Prakalpa has been actively involved in coaching, mentoring and consulting throughout her career. She has been a mentor and coach for FIRST-Robotics since her college days and has also judged several scientific and technical competitions in the USA and India. She was a Volunteer and Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) - Oregon Chapter, and a motivational speaker at Universities and Colleges. Through the establishment of Robominds, she was pursuing her dreams to be actively involved in the coaching and mentoring of the future leaders of India in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Chris Bastianpillai
Chris Bastianpillai graduated with a BSc in Electronic Engineering from the City University, London and later obtained an Executive MBA from the AGSM, University of NSW, Australia. Chris has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, Australia and the USA and has over three decades of Engineering and Management experience in the bio-medical, computing, military-aerospace, and telecommunication sectors, primarily focused on the design, development, test, manufacture and supply of high-reliability, mission critical products and services to the global market. Chris is passionate about mentoring and training the future generation in Science, Technology, Business Management, and Economics, and to help build a better world through education. He has dedicated a major part of his time in mentoring, training and developing young adults through his involvement in various academic, corporate, and social activities. After having worked for leading multi-nationals throughout his career, he migrated to his wife’s hometown, Pune, in 2013 and established Robominds.

Our Team

Prakshobh Gaimar
Prakshobh has a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the JRNRVU, Udaipur. His passion is Electronics and Robotics and has been actively working on projects in Embedded Systems and Robotics since he was 8 years old. His experiences include computer vision, nano-satellite, and intelligent prosthesis. Prakshobh completed his Internship programs at Gemini, Pune and Festo India Pvt. Ltd. He enjoys sharing his technical expertise with children.

Kanish Thiagarajan
Kanish is a robotics enthusiast who spends his time playing football, solving puzzles, or having fun designing and building Robots. Kanish’s curiosity of how things work got him involved with Robots at the age of 6 and has been participating in FIRST competitions since he was 8. He loves problem solving and fixing things. He is listed in the Guinness and Limca World Records for solving the Rubik’s cube.

Anita Parihar
Anita has earned an ME in Electronics (Digital Systems) from the Sinhgad College of Engineering, Pune with a passion for STEM education through robotics. Her areas of interest are IoT, image processing, and embedded systems.