Meet our core team

Prof. K.G. Satheesh Kumar

Director, Center for Assistive Technology and Innovation

Prof. K.G. Satheesh Kumar has 33 years of experience spanning manufacturing industry (8 years), industrial development (10 years), consulting (7 years), and teaching and research (8 years). He has earned his Ph.D. in management of innovation. He was part of the team which created Technopark and was its CEO during 1997-2000. He coordinated the team which created Kerala’s first IT policy in 1998. He has consulted for several projects within and outside India. Most recently, he was Professor and Dean of Academics at Asian School of Business, Trivandrum. He has also served on the board of several organisations and professional societies. He is an active member of IEEE and was its national secretary for two years. His interests are in technology, innovation, product development, and strategy. Currently he heads the Center for Assistive Technology and Innovation at NISH, as its Director.

  • 0471 2944604
  • kgsath@nish.ac.in
Dr. Akila Surendran
Dr. Akila Surendran

Senior Engineer, Centre for Assistive Technology and Innovation

Akila Surendran, Ph.D. is a senior engineer in the Centre for Assistive Technology and Innovation (CATI) at the National Institute for Speech & Hearing (NISH), Trivandrum, Kerala, India. She completed her B.Tech in Industrial Biotechnology in Anna University and Ph.D. in Computational and Systems Biology from the Singapore-MIT Alliance programme in NUS. She has been in CATI from its inception in 2015 and played an important role in expanding the functions of the centre in different areas to encourage the Assistive Technology (AT) ecosystem in India. As an AT specialist, she works directly with persons with disabilities along with an interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation professionals at NISH to identify the most suitable technology for the person and implement it.

  • 0471 2944673
  • akilas@nish.ac.in
Amith
Mr Amith G Nair

Hardware Engineer in National Institute for speech and Hearing

Amith G Nair, Hardware engineer in the Centre for Assistive Technology and Innovation (CATI) at the National Institute for Speech & Hearing (NISH), Trivandrum, Kerala, India. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics from Cochin University of science and Technology .He works with NITI Ayog team and Intel team to enable Maker culture among kids.Currently he works as Hardware Engineer in NISH.He leading the Design and Development of AT products at CATI.

  • 9170 12379132
  • amithg@nish.ac.in