My name is Nitya Narasimhan and I have been working on software design and development for nearly two decades.
I have a PhD in Computer Engineering (with an emphasis on survivable distributed systems) and spent over a decade in Motorola R&D working on advanced concepts for their mobile, television and automotive platforms. The work led to 11 issued patents (and 20+ pending applications) and numerous publications in peer-reviewed conferences. I also served on their Science Advisory Board (SABA), an honor that was held by under 1% of Motorolans. I also led multiple projects (in mobile media, ad hoc networking, social computing and behavioral analytics) and oversaw collaborations with key university partners including UIUC, Northwestern, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan and UIC. My tenure there led to a lasting passion for developing mobile products that target the consumer domain and focus on the broader vision of ubiquitous computing.
I moved to the Hudson Valley in 2009 and experienced the benefits and drawbacks of a telecommuting lifestyle for the next few years. The flexibility of remote working was counteracted by the loss of watercooler conversations and serendipitous brainstorming. It was then that I discovered meetups and the vibrant community of makers, innovators and activists that populate the technology scene in NYC.