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My primary research interests are in the communication-theoretic and information-theoretic foundations of wireless systems. I also enjoy building systems, teams and companies.

In addition, I have worked on problems related to convex optimization, networked applications, timing channels, time synchronization and indoor positioning. I am also interested in advancing the state of the art in genomic data compression, electronic health records, and precision medicine.

If you are interested in working with me, let’s connect!

Brief Bio

At present, I am the Wireless Systems Architect and a co-founder at ZaiNar. Prior to this, I was a Senior Engineer at Cohere Technologies.

I spent six wonderful years in the MS/PhD (Electrical Engineering) program at Stanford University with Andrea Goldsmith as my primary advisor. My PhD thesis is on noncoherent energy-detection-based communications for massive MIMO systems. During my PhD, I also co-founded ImpriMed, which is now offering assays for personalizing pet cancer treatment.

My undergraduate studies were in IIT Kanpur where I majored in Electrical Engineering. My BTech project advisor was Ajit Chaturvedi. Before that, I went to South Point High School in my hometown of Kolkata, India.


  • Feb 2018 - Present: Co-Founder and Wireless Systems Architect, ZaiNar, Redwood City, USA
  • Oct 2017 - Jan 2018: Senior Engineer, Cohere Technologies, Santa Clara, USA
  • Summer 2013: Summer intern, Broadcom, Sunnyvale, USA
  • 2011 - Sep 2017: MS/PhD student (EE), Stanford University, Stanford, USA
  • 2007 - 2011: Undergraduate student (EE), IIT Kanpur, Kanpur, India
  • 2005 - 2007: Higher secondary student, South Point High School, Kolkata, India


  • 2016: James F. Gibbons Outstanding Student Teaching Award, EE Stanford
  • 2015: Finalist, Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship
  • 2014: Best Poster Award, Information Systems and Science, DiscoverEE, EE Stanford
  • 2014: Finalist, Best Paper Award, IEEE Globecom
  • 2011: 3Com Corporation Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University
  • 2011: University of Tokyo IIT Undergraduate Students Scholarship, IIT Kanpur
  • 2011: Sridhar Memorial Prize for academic performance, IIT Kanpur
  • 2011: Amit Saxena Memorial Award for subjects related to electronic circuits, IIT Kanpur