2021-2023 Saheli Board Members

Dr. Kavitha Chandra

Former Board Member

Kavitha Chandra is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Francis College of Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell. In this role, she has designed and implemented programs for broadening the participation of women and underrepresented students in research, industry and community partnerships. As a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kavitha directs a research program in the Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications focusing on network performance, traffic modeling and computational acoustics.

Prior to joining the UMASS Lowell faculty, she was a member of technical staff in the Teletraffic and System Performance Department of AT&T Bell Laboratories and a senior member of the technical staff in the Performance Analysis Department of AT&T Labs. Dr. Chandra is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and has served as chief scientist and technical consultant, partnering with industry on projects with the Air Force. She is a senior member of IEEE and member of Acoustical Society of America and Sigma XI scientific research society.

N R Nirmala

Former Board Member

N R Nirmala has had a career in the pharma industry for over 20 years. She is currently a Principal Investigator at the Tufts Medical Center as well as a co-Founder and CEO of Vindhya Data Science. Nirmala is very interested in contributing to the cause of supporting women.