Curriculum Vitae

Pranav Sanghavi


I am a Radio Astronomer with an interest in Instrumentation and VLBI. I am currently completing my PhD at West Virginia University. My goal is to strive towards acquiring end-to-end expertise from analog chains to digital pipelines. I would like to build radio telescopes to uncover the secrets of Fast Radio Bursts and Cosmology.


West Virginia University
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Bandura

Morgantown, WV, USA
2016 -- Current

VIT University
B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
Advisor: Dr. K.V. Laxmi Narayana
Thesis: “Investigation of Neural Networks for Flow Rate Approximation”

Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2010 -- 2014

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West Virginia University
Department: Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Title: Graduate Research Assistant
Advisor: Dr. Kevin Bandura

Morgantown, WV, USA
2016 -- Present

Raman Research Institute
Title: Visiting Student (Visiting Student Program)
Advisor: Dr. Avinash Deshpande

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
2014 -- 2015

Department: QA, MSC.Nastran
Title: Intern
Duties: Performed installation testing on different Linux distributions[HPUX, AIX, Solaris et al.] as part of the QA (Quality Assurance) procedure for MSC.Nastran and received elementary training in Finite ElementalAnalysis and CAE.

Pune, Maharashtra, India
May -- July, 2012

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Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy: Research Experience for Teachers
I run the NSF funded Research Experience for Teachers Site, WVU.
2017 - Current

TONE: A CHIME/FRB Outrigger Prototype
Primary PhD thesis project advised by Dr. Kevin Bandura, WVU/GBO.
2016 -- Current

Visiting Student Program at Raman Research Institute
Advised by Prof. Avinash Deshpande, RRI.
2014 - 2015

A Nuanced Thermal Analysis of a Proposed Living Space on Mars
Advised by Prof. Satyajit Ghosh, VIT University.

Investigation of Neural Networks for Flow Rate Approximation
Advised by Prof. K. V. Lakshmi Narayana, VIT University.

Development of Assistive Technologies for the Visually Impaired
Advised by Dr. Theodore Moallem, VIT University.

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Science Talks & Presentations

TONE: 6m diameter 8 dish array as a CHIME/FRB outrigger testbed & proof of concept
Lightning talk at the Science at Low Frequencies VIII online conference, December 6-9, 2021.

On Building Radio Telescopes: From Radio Astronomy for Classrooms to Detecting Fast Radio Bursts
Public Lecture at the Marshall University's Faces of Physics Speaker Series., April 2021.

Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy: An Interdisciplinary Experience
Talk at the 2019 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC) at Princeton University, NJ, USA., 2019.

An Instrumentation Design Framework to detect Fast Radio Bursts
Poster at the 32nd URSI GASS, Montreal., 19-26 August 2017.

A Nuanced Thermal Analysis of a Proposed Living Space on Mars
Poster at the Eighth International Conference on Mars held at Caltech, CA, USA., July 2014.

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Large Collaborations

Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment/Fast Radio Burst (CHIME/FRB) : Primarily work with baseband data with specific focus on VLBI localization using outriggers. Service duties include helping with the online dissemination first 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 amplifiers. The 6m Dish array at Green Bank Observatory - TONE has also served as a HIRAX prototype array where it has been used for LNA testing, array calibration, characterization and drone experiments.

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Tools : Linux, emacs, vim, git, zsh

Scientific 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 reflow machines. Extensive experience with Digital Signal Processing including working with software defined 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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