Staff Profile: Saravanan Poosanthiram
Saravanan Poosanthiram surrounded by
greenery before coming to Santa Fe.
Title: Software Engineer
Education: MS in Computer Science from University of New Mexico; MTech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras; BE in Electronics and Communication Engineering from PSG College of Technology.
How long have you worked for Flow Science?
I have been working since July 2010.
What is the best part of your job?
I get to work on computer graphics, which is one of my favorite topics. It is fun to work with cool people at a small company like Flow Science.
What is the most interesting project you are working on right now?
One of the projects that I just finished working on is improving the graphics in the Meshing and Geometry panel when transparency is turned on. This will help the graphics look more natural and will improve the speed.
What do you do in your spare time (when you're not at Flow Science)?
A month ago, I finished an online class on Machine Learning from one of the leading authorities in the field, Prof. Andrew Ng. Close to 70,000 students enrolled for the class; it was a rewarding experience as it is different from what we are used to in a physical classroom. Who knows? One day, most classes may move to online form.
What is on your reading list? Do you have a recent favorite?
I recently read The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga — a fascinating novel that depicts some of the dark reality of India.
What is your favorite city in India? And what is your favorite Indian dish?
Singara Chennai is my favorite city. Some of my best time of my student life and early career life were spent there. My favorite Indian dish is Idli doused with Sambar, even if I have it for breakfast every day (which I did for some time while living in Bangalore). I still love it.
What was the most interesting place you've visited in the world and why?
Some years ago, I traveled to the northern and eastern parts of India, covering Delhi, Agra, Chandigarh, Simla and Kolkatha. Agra is a very interesting place with the beauty of the Taj Mahal, the splendor of the Fort and the dirt of the Yamuna River. Travelling on minibus from Noida to Agra was very interesting as well.
How has becoming a father changed you?
Becoming a father is one of the beautiful things in life. It changed how I live in every possible way from organizing my day to wanting the world to be a better place for my daughter to live.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why?
My parents have the greatest influence on me. It is their unshakable belief in me to spend their livelihood on my studies.
What is one of your most important accomplishments?
Coming from a small village in India to the United States.
How would you describe yourself?
An optimist who likes to look for good in people and life. Mahatma Gandhi’s The Story of My Experiments with Truth gave me the confidence that a person can change a country for good.
What helps you get out of bed each morning?
It is the voice of M. S. Subbulakshmi on my iPhone. It is to work for some of the cool things that help to improve the world through accurate flow modeling.
Who has the best New Mexican food in New Mexico?
I love the breakfast burrito from the Frontier Restaurant in Albuquerque especially with their salsa.
Red or Green? Green.