Dr. Shridhar Shukla is the Founder and Managing Director of GS Lab. For eight years before GS Lab, Dr. Shridhar was a Director at Persistent Systems, leading the Company’s growth to US$10+M with 500+ employees in 2003 from a revenue base of US$ 200K with 20 employees in 1995. Six years prior to working at Persistent Systems, Dr. Shridhar served as a faculty member at the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, where he successfully led several distributed computing research projects funded by the NSF, US Navy, and Unisys. He has advised more than 20 Masters and PhD students and has published extensively in the area of parallel processing, distributed computing, multicast protocols, routing and directory services. Dr. Shridhar holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University (1990), an M. S. from Virginia Tech in VLSI (1985) and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India (1983). He is very active in the IITB Alumni Association activities and has served as the Pune Chapter President between January 2006 and June 2007.