Team

Ishan Gupta

Ishan Gupta Ishan is a product designer who has worked with the Caddisfly team since 2015. He studied product design at Loughborough University, has designed watches for Titan Fastrack and helped develop tools for crowdsourced data-aggregation. He helps prototype and manufacture new concepts and products for the ffem product range.

Nischal

Nischal is a software developer. His experience spans e-commerce, finance, customer management, i18n, web sites and phone apps. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Graduate Diploma in Commercial Computing. Nischal developed software and lead development teams in various organisations and has about 20 years of experience in the field. He has been involved in developing the Caddisfly water testing kit since its inception in late 2011. His interests include music, programming and reading.

Pradeep Balkunde

Pradeep Balkunde Pradeep is a researcher in the Foundation For Environmental Monitoring (FFEM). He did M.Sc.(Chemistry) from Savitribai Phule University Pune University. He has 7 years of experience in the field of water treatment and water quality analysis. Currently he is working on development of smartphone based water testing kit for field use. Prior to joining FFEM, he was working with Akvo Foundation, Bangalore. In Akvo Foundation he was working on development of smartphone based water testing kit for chromium in collaboration with IIT Kanpur. While working with Akvo Foundation he worked on a pilot study of smartphone based water testing kit for fluoride analysis in Africa.

Before joining Akvo Foundation, he was involved in the development of household water filters for removing chemical and microbial contamination from drinking water. He has filed 3 patents and published four research papers in the field of water treatment and water quality analysis.

Rajshree Patil

Rajshree Patil Rajshree is a senior research scientist in the Foundation for Environmental Monitoring (FFEM). She is PhD in Microbiology from the University of Mumbai and has 10 years of professional experience in the field. Currently, she is mainly involved in leading projects on developing platform for rapid detection of bacterial pathogens using different software applications. Prior to joining FFEM, she was working with Akvo Foundation, the Netherlands, as a senior researcher on a project on developing coliform detection device using smartphone application. The work done on this project has been selected in top 50 entries at IIGP, Innovation growth program 2017.

The major part of her career is associated with TCS-Innovation lab-TRDDC, Pune where for almost 7 years she has actively involved in water purification R&D at TCS-innovation lab-TRDDC. There, she was a part of research team involved in the development of the Tata Swach Nanotech water purifier and different low cost water purification solutions for household purposes for removing microbial contaminants from drinking water. She has filed six patents and published 8 papers in the field of Microbiology.

Samuel Rajkumar

Samuel Rajkumar Sam worked as a software developer for 18 years before cofounding Ternup Research Labs in 2012. It was here that the product that was later known as Caddisfly was first developed. Since 2012, he has worked with this product in several capacities. In 2014, he joined Akvo along with the rest of the Caddisfly team. From 2017 to the present his primary role is the business devleopment for ffem. His interests include reading hard science fiction, making indifferent music and amateur woodworking.

Saurabh Levin

Saurabh Levin Saurabh heads operations and contributes to product design on the FFEM team. He graduated from the Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology with a Diploma in Interdisciplinary Art and Design in December 2012. He works with a DIY methodology on open-source hardware projects from low-cost environmental sensors to synthesizers and other musical instruments. He was involved in developing the Caddisfly water testing kit since its inception in late 2011; his college diploma project was an early prototype of Caddisfly.

Sushant Bamane

Sushant BamaneSushant is a senior researcher at Foundation for Environmental Monitoring (FFEM). He is M. Sc. in Organic Chemistry and has 8 years of research experience. In FFEM, he is involved in soil and water test kit development and its validation, which works on smartphone based applications. Prior to joining FFEM, he was working with Akvo Foundation, Netherlands, as a senior researcher on developing water and soil tests using commercial strips and smartphone application.

Early part of his career was associated with TCS Innovation Labs (TRDDC), Pune for around 5 years. He was working as research associate on development of water purification products. He has successfully developed Fluoride and Arsenic removal purifiers. He has published 2 papers in the field of chemistry.