Pranav Sanghavi
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV, USA
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Advisor: Dr. Kevin Bandura 2016–Current
Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
B.Tech. in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, 2010–2014
Thesis: “Investigation of Neural Networks for Flow Rate Approximation
Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, WVU Morgantown, WV, USA
Graduate Research Assistant supervised by Dr. Kevin Bandura 2016–Current
Raman Research Institute Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Visiting Student Program advised by Dr. Avinash Deshpande 2014 –2015
MSC.Software Pune, Maharahtra, India
Intern with the Quality Assurance and technical validation Team for MSC.Nastran May –July, 2012
Performed installation testing on dierent Linux distributions [HPUX, AIX, Solaris et al.] as part of the
QA (Quality Assurance) procedure for MSC.Nastran and received elementary training in Finite Elemental
Analysis and CAE.
Teaching and Outreach Projects
Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy –Research Experience for Teachers 2017 –Current
I run the NSF funded Research Experience for Teachers Site WVU
I taught Digital Signal Processing to high school teachers every summer using practical labs based on
GNURadio. Additionally, helped them gain an in depth understanding of radio telescope instrumentation
and radio astronomy by helping them build 21cm horn antennas along with their GNURadio based backends.
Created and maintain the web infrastructure to host lectures, laboratory exercises and lessons. Assisted
teachers create lessons and have built along with them a website with lessons.
Assist teachers conduct workshops virtually or visit their schools. I also lead monthly meetings with teachers
and enthusiasts from across the country.
I maintain the GNURadio out-of-tree module software package tailored for radio astronomy
Science and Engineering Projects
TONE: A CHIME/FRB Outrigger Prototype 2016 –Current
Primary PhD thesis project advised by Dr. Kevin Bandura WVU/GBO
I led the building of an array of 6m parabolic dishes at the Green Bank Observatory to serve as a VLBI
station to achieve milli-arc-second localizations of one-o Fast Radio Bursts from a 3000+ km baseline.
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I assembled, tested and debugged the analog chain including antennas, low noise ampliers, RFoF transceivers.
Integrated and debugged the digital backend including the FPGA ICE boards and the baseband recorder
server on site. Also set up the VLBI triggering system.
Worked on analysis of the baseband dump including, calibration, beamforming and cross correlation leading
to the localization of the triggered pulses & Fast Radio Bursts.
Actively perform troubleshooting and Maintainence of the instrument.
Visiting Student Program at Raman Research Institute 2014 –2015
Advised by Prof. Avinash Deshpande RRI
Worked on a gamut of small projects helping in the “phase 0” of the Sky Watch Array Network (SWAN) with
the primary goal of gaining a wide exposure to the eld radio astronomy and instrumentation. Investigating
the application of hough transforms to detect dispersed pulses.
A Nuanced Thermal Analysis of a Proposed Living Space on Mars 2014
Advised by Prof. Satyajit Ghosh VIT University
Running a PlanetWRF (Planet Weather Research and Forecast Model) Simulation of the Martian atmosphere
& visualise the netCDF output using IDL(GDL) & MATLAB. The results were interpreted to choose a site
for the living space on the surface, the materials & optimise the structural design.
Investigation of Neural Networks for Flow Rate Approximation 2014
Advised by Prof. K. V. Lakshmi Narayana VIT University
Bachelors Dissertation project in the domain of Articial Neural Networks & Intelligent sensors culminating
in an implementation on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
Development of Assistive Technologies for the Visually Impaired 2013
Advised by Dr. Theodore Moallem VIT University
Large Collaborations
Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment/Fast Radio Burst (CHIME/FRB): Primarily work
with baseband data with specic focus on VLBI localization using outriggers. Service duties include helping with the
online dissemination rst CHIME/FRB catalog, being a team leader of one of four science result verication teams,
among others. Help lead the on site assembly and commissioning of the CHIME/FRB Outrigger site at GBO.
Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment (HIRAX): Assembly and testing of low noise am-
pliers. The 6m Dish array at Green Bank Observatory –TONE has also serves as a HIRAX prototype array where it
has been used for LNA testing, array calibration, characterization and drone experiments.
Technical Skills
Scientic and Astronomy computing: High competence using the Python language along with extensive usage of
numpy, astropy, scipy and other packages. Experience with CUDA, pycuda and numba for high performance computing.
Worked with a multitude of astronomical data formats and have familiarity with HPC systems.
Programming Languages: C, Python, linux shell scripting, FORTRAN, IDL, NCL, MATLAB, Assembly.
Engineering Skills: Can execute basic workshop routines and am well versed in engineering drawing. Possess acute
familiarity with electronics lab testing and measurement equipment. Trained in soldering electronics including surface
mount components and the use of reow machines. Extensive experience with Digital Signal Processing including
working with software dened radio using GNURadio as well as Field Programmable Gate Arrays.
Web Development Technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript & related JavaScript frameworks such as VueJS, etc.
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2019 CASPER Workshop and PIRE Summer School August 2019
Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian in Cambridge, MA, USA.
NANOGrav spring 2017 student workshop April 2017
West Virginia University, WV, USA.
ALMA proposal writing workshop March, 2017
West Virginia University, WV, USA.
Green Bank Telescope Remote Observing Training School October 2016
Green Bank Observatory, WV, USA.
Public Outreach
Volunteer at the Celebrating Einstein event April 2017
Q&A for middle school students attending
Volunteered for the WVU Center for Gravitational Wave & Cosmology outreach activities 2017
Mylan Park Elementary STEAM night & several other outreach opportunities in the community.
English Teacher, Make A Dierence (M.A.D), Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. 2012 –2013
Science Talks & Presentions
TONE: 6m diameter 8 dish array as a CHIME/FRB outrigger testbed & proof of concept December 6-9, 2021
Science at Low Frequencies VIII, online
On Building Radio Telescopes: From Radio Astronomy for Classrooms to Detecting Fast Radio Bursts April 2021
Public lecture for Marshall University’s Faces of Physics Speaker Series.
Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy: An Interdisciplinary Experience 2019
Talk at the 2019 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC) at Princeton University, NJ, USA.
An Instrumentation Design Framework to detect Fast Radio Bursts August 2017
Poster at 32nd URSI GASS, Montreal, 19-26 August 2017.
A Nuanced Thermal Analysis of a Proposed Living Space on Mars July 2014
Poster at the Eighth International Conference on Mars held at Caltech, CA, USA.
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[1] M. Bhardwaj, A. Yu. Kirichenko, D. Michilli, Y. D. Mayya, V. M. Kaspi, B. M. Gaensler, M. Rahman,2021
S. P. Tendulkar, E. Fonseca, Alexander Josephy, C. Leung, Marcus Merryeld, Emily Petro, Z. Pleunis,
Pranav Sanghavi, P. Scholz, K. Shin, Kendrick M. Smith, and I. H. Stairs. 2021a. “A Local Universe
Host for the Repeating Fast Radio Burst FRB 20181030A”. In: The Astrophysical Journal. doi:
10.3847/2041-8213/ac223b. url:
[2] Tomas Cassanelli, Calvin Leung, Mubdi Rahman, Keith Vanderlinde, Juan Mena-Parra, Savannah Cary,
Kiyoshi W. Masui, Jing Luo, Hsiu-Hsien Lin, Akanksha Bij, […], incl. Pranav Sanghavi, et al. 2021b.
Localizing FRBs through VLBI with the Algonquin Radio Observatory 10-m Telescope.
[3] P. Chawla, V. M. Kaspi, S. M. Ransom, M. Bhardwaj, P. J. Boyle, D. Breitman, T. Cassanelli, D.
Cubranic, F. Q. Dong, E. Fonseca, […], incl. P. Sanghavi, et al. 2021c. Modeling Fast Radio Burst
Dispersion and Scattering Properties in the First CHIME/FRB Catalog.
[4] The CHIME/FRB Collaboration, Mandana Amiri, Bridget C. Andersen, Kevin Bandura, Sabrina
Berger, Mohit Bhardwaj, Michelle M. Boyce, P. J. Boyle, Charanjot Brar, Daniela Breitman, […], incl.
Pranav Sanghavi, et al. Dec. 2021. “The First CHIME/FRB Fast Radio Burst Catalog”. In: The
Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 257.2, p. 59. doi: 10.3847/1538-4365/ac33ab. url:
[5] The CHIME/FRB Collaboration, Bridget C. Andersen, Kevin Bandura, Mohit Bhardwaj, P. J. Boyle,
Charanjot Brar, Daniela Breitman, Tomas Cassanelli, Shami Chatterjee, Pragya Chawla, […], incl.
Pranav Sanghavi, et al. 2021e. Sub-second periodicity in a fast radio burst.
[6] Devin Crichton, Moumita Aich, Adam Amara, Kevin Bandura, Bruce A. Bassett, Carlos Bengaly,
Pascale Berner, Shruti Bhatporia, Martin Bucher, Tzu-Ching Chang, […], incl. Pranav Sanghavi, et al.
2021f. The Hydrogen Intensity and Real-time Analysis eXperiment: 256-Element Array Status and
Overview. arXiv: 2109.13755 [astro-ph.IM].
[7] A. Josephy, P. Chawla, A. P. Curtin, V. M. Kaspi, M. Bhardwaj, P. J. Boyle, C. Brar, T. Cassanelli, E.
Fonseca, B. M. Gaensler, […], incl. P. Sanghavi, et al. Dec. 2021. “No Evidence for Galactic Latitude
Dependence of the Fast Radio Burst Sky Distribution”. In: The Astrophysical Journal 923.1, p. 2. doi:
10.3847/1538-4357/ac33ad. url:
[8] Adam E. Lanman, Bridget C. Andersen, Pragya Chawla, Alexander Josephy, Victoria M. Kaspi, Kevin
Bandura, Mohit Bhardwaj, Patrick J. Boyle, Charanjot Brar, Daniela Breitman, […], incl. Pranav
Sanghavi, et al. 2021h. A sudden period of high activity from repeating Fast Radio Burst 20201124A.
[9] Calvin Leung, Juan Mena-Parra, Kiyoshi Masui, Kevin Bandura, Mohit Bhardwaj, P. J. Boyle,
Charanjot Brar, Mathieu Bruneault, Tomas Cassanelli, Davor Cubranic, […], incl. Pranav Sanghavi,
et al. 2021i. “A Synoptic VLBI Technique for Localizing Nonrepeating Fast Radio Bursts with
CHIME/FRB”. In: The Astronomical Journal. doi: 10.3847/1538-3881/abd174. url:
[10] Ziggy Pleunis, Deborah C. Good, Victoria M. Kaspi, Ryan Mckinven, Scott M. Ransom, Paul Scholz,
Kevin Bandura, Mohit Bhardwaj, P. J. Boyle, Charanjot Brar, […], incl. Pranav Sanghavi, et al. Dec.
2021. “Fast Radio Burst Morphology in the First CHIME/FRB Catalog”. In: The Astrophysical Journal
923.1, p. 1. doi: 10.3847/1538-4357/ac33ac. url:
[11] Masoud Raei-Ravandi, Kendrick M. Smith, Dongzi Li, Kiyoshi W. Masui, Alexander Josephy, Matt
Dobbs, Dustin Lang, Mohit Bhardwaj, Chitrang Patel, Kevin Bandura, […], incl. Pranav Sanghavi,
et al. 2021k. “CHIME/FRB Catalog 1 Results: Statistical Cross-correlations with Large-scale
Structure”. In: The Astrophysical Journal. doi: 10.3847/1538-4357/ac1dab. url:
[12] P. Chawla, B. C. Andersen, M. Bhardwaj, E. Fonseca, A. Josephy, V. M. Kaspi, D. Michilli, Z. Pleunis,2020
K. M. Bandura, C. G. Bassa, […], incl. P. Sanghavi, et al. 2020a. “Detection of Repeating FRB
180916.J0158+65 Down to Frequencies of 300 MHz”. In: The Astrophysical Journal. doi:
10.3847/2041-8213/ab96bf. url:
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[13] CHIME/FRB Collaboration, M. Amiri, B. C. Andersen, K. M. Bandura, M. Bhardwaj, P. J. Boyle, C.
Brar, P. Chawla, T. Chen, J. F. Cliche, […], incl. P. Sanghavi, et al. 2020b. “Periodic activity from a
fast radio burst source”. In: Nature. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2398-2. url:
[14] CHIME/FRB Collaboration, B. C. Andersen, K. M. Bandura, M. Bhardwaj, A. Bij, M. M. Boyce, P. J.
Boyle, C. Brar, T. Cassanelli, P. Chawla, […], incl. P. Sanghavi, et al. 2020c. “A bright
millisecond-duration radio burst from a Galactic magnetar”. In: Nature. doi:
10.1038/s41586-020-2863-y. url:
[15] Jerey B Peterson, Kevin Bandura, and Pranav Sanghavi. 2020d. Optimization of Radio Array
Telescopes to Search for Fast RadioBursts.
[16] Pranav Sanghavi, Kevin Bandura, John Makous, and Howard Chun. 2019. “Digital Signal Processing2019
in Radio Astronomy: An Interdisciplinary Experience”. In: 2019 IEEE Integrated STEM Education
Conference (ISEC), pp. 362–366. doi: 10.1109/ISECon.2019.8882039.
[17] Ellie White, Richard Prestage, Evan Smith, and Pranav Sanghavi. 2018. “Open Source Radio2018
Telescopes”. In: Proceedings of the GNU Radio Conference. Vol. 3. 1.
[18] A. Jadeja, M.M. Jaiswal, S. Ghosh, and P. Sanghavi. 2016. “Thermal comfort analysis of a proposed2016
design for a sustainable living space on Mars”. In: Intelligent Buildings International 8.4, pp. 215–233.
doi: 10.1080/17508975.2015.1120185. eprint: url:
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