uma Sandhya Kode

ABOUT SANDHYA KODE

 

Sandhya Kode is a business oriented Technology leader with diverse industry and functional experience ranging from Semiconductors, Systems, Wireless Technologies and e-learning, to Management, Team Building, Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Quality and Performance Excellence, Sales and Marketing. The geographic scope of her experience ranges from USA to India at senior management levels.

She has a very strong interest in learning, training, education and mentoring which has been a running thread throughout her professional career in Software and Management. She is now keenly looking into the Learning and Education area to leverage her knowledge and experience to help build strengths in people for living a life of balance, prosperity and happiness. In the past five years, at IIIT Hyderabad, she has pursued her research interests in How People Learn and in Education Technology and Learning Sciences and has published in the Technology for Education area.

 

Consistently displayed ability, passion and entrepreneurial skills in creating successful start-up operations.  Built four start-ups from vision to profitable operations even in large company contexts like Motorola, Inc.


Proficient in building and retaining high performance teams. Ability to consistently operate in changing, complex, distributed, and matrix organizational structures.       
Adept in leading and inspiring teaming for excellence in cross cultural and multi-geographic environments. 
A great believer in leveraging knowledge (learning and sharing). Works with the abundance model. 


She believes in solutions for today, with a vision for tomorrow.

EDUCATION

Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA.
B.Tech in Electronics and Communications, JNTU, Hyderabad (Gold Medalist 1981)

CURRENT POSITION

 

Director, EnhanceEdu, IIIT Hyderabad, Hyderabad     2008-date
Director, Training and Development, Center for Education Technology and Learning Sciences, IIIT Hyderabad.

Responsible for training 300+ mentors for Rajiv Gandhi University campuses in the state of Andhra Pradesh. 
Principal Investigator of DeitY project for Enhancing the quality of IT education in engineering colleges.  Mentored and trained over 500 teachers in over 60 engineering colleges in an intensive Learning by Doing oriented Certificate in IT. Responsible for facilitating training of several thousand students in the Certificate in IT.Responsible for creating new smart learning environments including use of pedagogy and technology for enhancing learning and teaching.

KEY POSITIONS HELD


Chief Mentor and Director, EnhanceEdu, IIIT-Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
Director, Training and Development, Center for Education Technology and Learning Sciences, IIIT-H
Founding Director, Motorola School of Telecommunication in IIIT-H
Founding Director and Center Head, Motorola Software Center, Hyderabad
Director, Systems Strategy at Motorola University, Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, USA

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Research in how people learn, Learning Methodologies, Personalization & Customization, Leadership, Human Values and Integrative Learning
  • Design of Smart Learning Environments
  • Strong interest in learning, training, education and mentoring which has been a running thread throughout her professional and academic career in Software, Management and Education

CURRICULAR DEVELOPMENT


Started the initiative at IIIT-H with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) support, towards empowering individuals and communities by enhancing the quality of education. To accomplish this goal, the curriculum and content were developed using the ‘Learning-by-doing’ methodology, Teacher Training Program (TTP) conducted for teachers of engineering colleges at IIIT-H, training conducted for students at engineering colleges through Certificate in Information Technology (CIT) course and workshops conducted on current and relevant topics like Art of Teaching, Productivity Enhancement toolkit, Leadership, Change Management, Integrative Learning and Motivation and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), Culture, Self Management, Time Management.

CITATIONS

  1. Using MediaWiki to increase teaching expertise in engineering colleges  by Sandhya Kode, Kaumudi Nagaraju, Lakshmi Gollapudi and Surya Kiran Reddy
    IEEE International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E 2013)
  2. Link to Paper


  3. Smart Learning Environments for teaching Electronics to students by Sandhya Kode, Shubhajit Roy Chowdhury, Kaumudi Nagaraju, Surya Kiran Reddy Karri and Harsh Wardhan
    IEEE International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E 2013)
  4. Link to Paper


  5. Adapting to Learning by Doing (LBD): Challenges faced in implementing the Student Enhancement Program (STEP)  by Sandhya Kode, Surya Kiran Reddy K, Lakshmi Gollapudi, Sunita Reddy and Kaumudi Nagaraju
    IEEE International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E 2012)
  6. Link to Paper


  7. Promoting the Learning of Wikis through Video Tutorials, Mentoring and Hands-on Training Approaches by Sandhya Kode, Shuchita Rao, Nagaswetha Pavuluri, Rakesh Reddy and Vamsi Chaitanya
    International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E 2012)
    Link to Paper

  8. Virtual VLSI Laboratory for Computer Science students: Erudite and illusive by Shubhajit Roy Chowdhury, Sandhya Kode
    IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2012)
  9. Link to Paper


  10. Personalization and mentoring: Our experience with training teachers by Shuchita Rao and Sandhya Kode
    IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2012)
    Link to Paper

  11. Effective and personalized content delivery through the Butterfly Model  by Sandhya Kode and Surya Kiran Reddy K (ICTEE 2012)
  12. Link to paper


  13. Integrative Learning: Integrating a Course on Human Values with Technology Education by Sandhya Kode, Shuchita Rao, Kaumudi Nagaraju and Ravi Kumar
    International Conference on Technology Enhanced Education (ICTEE 2012)
    Link to Paper

  14. Butterfly Model: An innovative way to deliver and personalize content in the "Learning by Doing" methodology by Surya Kiran Reddy K and Sandhya Kode
    International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E 2011)
    Link to Paper

  15. Effectiveness of "Learning by Doing" methodology in training programs - An evaluation of a teacher training program for information technology education  by Surya Kiran Reddy K and Sandhya Kode
    IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2011)
    Link to Paper

  16. Certificate in Information Technology (CIT): A program to enhance the quality of IT education in engineering colleges by Surya Kiran Reddy K and Sandhya Kode
    International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E 2010) 
    Link to Paper

  17. Enhancing the learning experience by addressing the needs of the learner through customization and personalization in the Learning By Doing methodology by Surya Kiran Reddy K and Sandhya Kode 
    IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2010) 
    Link to Paper

SOCIETAL INVOLVEMENT

  • Faculty member for Human Values course at IIIT-H
  • Driving Integrative Learning of Human Values into Teacher Training Programs
  • Conducted Jeevan Vidya mini-shivirs (workshops) at IIIT-H and in several partner colleges
  • Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Youth and Education Committee, HCCC Livermore, CA. Setup the library in 2001 and started Balajyothi classes for children that continue even today.
  • Program Coordinator and Community Volunteer, Bay Area, California. Organized and conducted camps for children, youth & adults on human values, culture, anger management & relationships.
  • Managing & Technology Committee Member of Jubilee Hills Pubic School (JHPS), Hyderabad

HONORS

  • Invited Member, British Council Steering Committee for ICT in Higher Education
  • Invited Speaker, Workshop on Instructional Design, co-organized by British Council and IGNOU, Nov 2012
  • Invited Speaker at the International Conference on Globalization Trends, and how education institutions can cope, December 2012, Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management
  • Invited Panel Member, Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry through Mutual Empowerment, organized by IBM India and BVRIT, at BVRIT Hyderabad, September 2012.
  • General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E 2012), IIIT-H
  • Acclaimed by UGC Academic Staff Colleges in Hyderabad Central University and MANUU for delivering WikiDay and other workshops for the last three years.
  • Motivated and mentored 10 engineering colleges to participate in the ITRA collaborative proposals.
  • Working Group leader for Education, Research and Training, one of the 4 groups setup to make Hyderabad a Global Knowledge Hub for attracting and retaining talent and companies, working with the Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India in 1999.
  • Received a special commendation from the US Ambassador to India for extending support to the US Department of Commerce during President Bill Clinton’s visit to Hyderabad, India, 2000.
  • Received Award of Excellence for setting up Motorola Hyderabad Software Center of Excellence and achieving CMM SEI Level 5 in record time, 1999.
  • Organizing Committee chair for the very successful Tenth International Conference on VSLI design in Hyderabad in 1997, with over 700 attendees.
  • Program Secretary & Founding member of Hyderabad chapter of AMCHAM of Commerce.
  • Member of the Accreditation Team selected by AICTE’s NBA for accrediting Computer Science and Electronics Engineering Departments in leading Engineering Colleges in India
  • Active member of the Hyderabad Software Exporters Association
  • Technology awards include Metal Magician Award at Cyrix, Dallas, TX

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • Principal Investigator, Enhancing Quality of IT Education in Engineering Colleges, funded by Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Government of India (2008-2012) (Total Budget: Rs. 1200 lakhs)
  • Principal Investigator, Learning by Doing course development in CS and ECE, funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (2010-2013) (Total Budget: Rs. 119 lakhs)

PAST EXPERIENCE

 

One Convergence, Inc, Sunnyvale, CA    2006-2007
Founder and President, One Convergence Inc.

Built a start-up for solutions in the convergence space and built up a team working in a convergent fashion. The focus of One Convergence is solutions for the converged enterprise. 
Transitioned out of the company management team and inducted a new management team to take the company forward. www.oneconvergence.com

 

Owned and ran a franchise operation of Closet Factory, San Carlos CA       2002-2005

My husband and I while building a house in Palo Alto, CA, saw an opportunity to take up a franchise of Closet Factory to build custom furniture for homes, and bought a franchise for the Bay Area covering Alameda, San Francisco and the San Mateo counties.

Extensive experience from building the factory, hiring and training sales and factory staff.
Ran operations and also did sales for the company working part-time doing more than a million dollars in sale. Turned around the loss making franchise to profitability. Got the growth and sales awards among all the Closet Factory franchisees in US.

 

Motorola, Inc.  Schaumburg, IL     2000-2001

Director, Systems Strategy, Motorola University, and
Director, Motorola School of Telecommunications, Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)-Hyderabad, India

Responsible for all aspects of the start-up of the Motorola School of Telecommunications at the IIIT-Hyderabad, and for building a center for learning and research excellence. Managing a budget of three million USD and influencing budget of over 25 million USD.

Created a physical and communication environment, starting from no flooring to 20,000 sq ft of space, including labs, encouraging innovation and exchange of ideas among students, faculty, Motorola technologists, other IT professionals and visiting scholars.

 

Motorola India Electronics Limited – Hyderabad, India    1998-2000

Center Head, Software Development Center, Responsible for starting up and building a software center and team focused on the development of leading edge technologies and solutions in wireless and data communication. Managed a budget of five million US Dollars, and impacting Motorola revenue Dollars of over 200 million USD.

Started the software center taking it from concept to realization as a Center of Excellence growing it from a two room operation to a 35,000 square foot facility with 115 software engineers and 15 support staff with full utilization delivering projects with customer satisfaction metrics greater than 9 out of a possible 10.

 

Duet Technologies Pvt. Limited –  Hyderabad, India    1995-1997

Director, Hyderabad Operations, Head of  Hyderabad operations with P&L responsibility. Responsible for staffing, training and implementing advanced technology teams for Cell library development.

 

CrossCheck Technology India Private Limited –  Hyderabad, India    994-1995

Managing Director, responsible for managing operations after sale of Spectra Software to CrossCheck Technology, Inc.

 

Spectra Software –  Hyderabad, India   1992-1994

President, Began an entrepreneurial venture at the Software Technology Park for EDA software development. Developed projects for CrossCheck Technology Inc. San Jose. Grew the company to a team of 40 and sold company to CrossCheck.

 

Cyrix Corp. –  Dallas, TX    1991-1992

Manager, Design Automation Group and Systems, responsible for third party Computer Aided Design Tools. Managed the system administration of the computer network of the company of more than 60 computer systems of varying computer power. Designed and developed critical race checking programs that helped the first time silicon realization of the Cyrix 486 SLC microprocessor.

 

Apollo-Hewlett Packard –  Chelmsford, MA   1987-1991

Project Leader, CAE Design Tools, responsible for development of scan test methodology for chip and system level scan test generation.

 

Advanced Micro Devices –  Austin, TX  1986-1987

Senior CAD Engineer, Bipolar Custom Products, responsible for design and development of the Place and Route database. Envisioned and developed tools like Engineering Change Order manager reducing time to market by a factor of two.

 

National Semiconductor Corp. –  Santa Clara, CA   1983-1986

Software Engineer and later Supervisor, Logic Simulation and Test, Corporate CAD Division, responsible for development of timing analysis tools, logic simulation models for micro controllers, common simulation and test interface tools, and software for standard cell development.

 

Workshop/Conference

 

Workshop/Talks

Name

Organised By

EnhanceEdu Role
(Organizer/Presenter/
Participant)

Name of the talk/presentation

Date

Place

Workshop for Support & Non-technical staff

VNRVJIET

Presenter

7 Habits of Highly Effective People in Telugu

11/12/2013

 

VNRVJIET

Culture & MS office Workshop

 

VNRVJIET

Presenter

Reinforcing Core Values, Taking Ownership, Teaming for Excellence, MS-Excel, MS-Word

9/12/2013 and 10/12/ 2013

 

VNRVJIET

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

VNRVJIET

Presenter

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

03/12/2013

 

VNRVJIET

INKTALKS

 

 

Participant

INKTALKS

25/10/2013 to 30/10/2013

 

Cochin

Art of Tteaching Workshop

Vanitha women’s College

Presenter

Change Management, Is Teaching an Art or Science, Learning Styles, Blooms Taxonomy, Lesson Plan Design, Rubrics, Active Teaching Techniques

26/8/2013 to 27/8/2013

 

Vanitha women’s College

POGIL workshop

 

 

 

1/6/2013 to 4/6/2013

USA

Art of Teaching Workshop

VNRVJIET

Presenter

Change Management, Is Teaching an Art or Science, Learning Styles, Blooms Taxonomy, Lesson Plan Design, Rubrics, Active Teaching Techniques

22/5/2013

VNRVJIET

Nurturing and Promoting Excellence and Relevance in Science Education, Research & Development

 

ICRISAT

Presenter

Nurturing and Promoting Excellence and Relevance in Science Education, Research & Development

 

14/5/2013

 

ICRISAT

Art of Teaching workshop

VNRVJIET

Presenter

Change Management, Is Teaching an Art or Science, Learning Styles, Blooms Taxonomy, Lesson Plan Design, Rubrics, Active Teaching Techniques

13/5/2013

 

VNRVJIET

Text & Web mining

EnhanceEdu

Organizer

Text & Web mining

24/4/2013

to 26/4/2013

 

EnhanceEdu

Instructional Design for e-content Development

British Council

Presenter

Instructional design best practices from Indian Institutions

29/11/2012 and 30/11/2012

Indira Gandhi National Open University

Knowledge Leadership University

Knowledge Leadership University

Presenter

Step Orientation

26/09/2012

KL University, Vijayawada

ISTE Workshop on Research Methodology

IIT-Mumbai

Participant

 

25/06/2012 to 04/07/2012

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

NME-ICT Weekly Discussion Program

National Mission on Eduction through Information and Communicaton Technology

Presenter

Learning By Doing- Bridging the Industry Academia Gap

20/06/2012

A-View

Art of Teaching workshop

Turbomachinery Institute of Technology & Sciences

 

Change Management, Is Teaching an Art or Science, Learning Styles, Blooms Taxonomy, Lesson Plan Design, Rubrics, Active Teaching Techniques

18/06/2012 and 19/06/2012

Turbomachinery Institute of Technology & Sciences

Joy Of Teaching Workshop

Padmasri Dr. B.V.Raju Institute of Technology

Presenter

Change Management, Is Teaching an Art or Science, Learning Styles, Blooms Taxonomy, Lesson Plan Design, Rubrics, Active Teaching Techniques, Leadership, Conflict Management, Time Management

16/05/2012 to 26/05/2012

Padmasri Dr. B.V.Raju Institute of Technology

TTP7 nodal center talk at VR Sidhardha college

Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College

Presenter

TTP Motivation and Initiation

23/04/2012

Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College

Data center technologies Workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

 

 

28/12/2011

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Workshop at HCU

University of Hyderabad

 

Mediawiki

13/12/2011

University of Hyderabad

Art of Teaching workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Presenter

Change Management, Is Teaching an Art or Science, Learning Styles, Blooms Taxonomy, Lesson Plan Design, Rubrics, Active Teaching Techniques

10/12/2011

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Writing Effective Conference Papers Workshop

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

 

 

19/02/2011 and 20/02/2011

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

POGIL Workshop By Dr. Klif Kussumaul

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Organizer

 

8/8/2011

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

MediaWiki Workshop

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

Presenter

Mediawiki

6/6/2011

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

POP Workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Organizer

 

23/05/2011 to 26/05/2011

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Inaugural Program

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

Presenter

 

19/05/2011

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

Workshop

University of Hyderabad

 

ICT in Education

28/05/2011

University of Hyderabad

Digital Learning Workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

 

 

20/05/2011

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

E-learning Workshop

Osmania University

Presenter

 

07/03/2011 to 10/03/2011

Osmania University Campus

Computer Aided Power Systems (CAPS) workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Organizer

 

17/03/2011 to 18/03/2011

 

ICTACT BRIDGE 2011

ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu

 

 

16/02/2011

Chennai

Workshop on HTML5

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

 

 

23/01/2011

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Course review meeting

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

Presenter

Reviewing the content of MCA content

18/01/2011

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

MediaWiki Workshop

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)

 

 Introduction to MediaWiki

17/12/2010

MANUU

MediaWiki Workshop

University of Hyderabad

Presenter

Introduction to MediaWiki

16/11/2010

University of Hyderabad

Open Source Toolkit Workshop

CMC

Presenter

Project Management presentation and

8/5/2010

CMC

MediaWiki Workshop

University of Hyderabad

Presenter

Introduction to Mediawiki

11/05/2010 and 12/05/2010

University of Hyderabad

POP Workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Organizer

 

 

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

MediaWiki and Moodle Workshop

Vallurupalli Nageshwara Rao Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology

Presenter

Introduction to Moodle and Mediawiki

17/05/2010

Vallurupalli Nageshwara Rao Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology

SciPy Workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Organizer

 

09/02/2010 and 10/02/2010

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Open Source Toolkit Workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Presenter

Introduction and Usage of Open Source tools

23/12/2009 and 24/12/2009

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Assessment training workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Presenter

Blooms Taxonomy and Rubrics

21/11/2009

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Assessment training workshop

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

 

Blooms Taxonomy and Rubrics

29/10/2009

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Conferences

Name

Organised By

EnhanceEdu Role
(Organizer/Speaker/
Participant)

Name of the talk/presentation

Date

Place

T4E 2013 Conference

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Institutional Liaison Chair

 Using MediaWiki to Increase Teaching Expertise in Engineering Colleges/

Smart Learning Environments for Teaching Electronics

18/12/2013 to 20/12/2013

 

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Teaching in a technology enabled world – opportunities and challenges

EnhanceEdu, IIIT- Hyderabad together with ITM Group of institutions

Speaker

 

15/03/2013

Nampally Exhibition Grounds, Hyderabad, India

Instructional Design for e-Content

 VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology

Speaker 

 

21/02/2013 to 22/02/2013

Hyderabad, India

International Conference On Technology Enhanced Education

 

 

 

03/01/2012 to 05/01/2012

Kollam, Kerala

T4E Conference

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad and IIT, Bombay

Organizer and Speaker

 

18/07/2012 to 20/07/2012

IIIT, Hyderabad

T4E Conference

 

Speaker

 

14/07/2011to 16/07/2011

IIT, Chennai

T4E Conference

 

Speaker

 

 01/07/2012 to 03/07/2010

IIT, Mumbai

SciPy conference

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Organizer

 

13/12/2010 to 18/12/2010

IIIT-Hyd

T4E Conference

 

Speaker

 

04/08/2009 to 06/08/2009

IIIT, Bangalore

ICALT Conference

 

Speaker

 

05/07/2010 - 07/07/2010

Sousse, Tunisia