I am Hrishikesh Ballal, welcome to my website. I have had this site in one form or the other for the past 16 years or so.
I am Mechanical Engineer by training specializing in Engineering Design and Operations Research. I completed my PhD at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London and with a focus on geodesign. My thesis was around early stage collaborative planning and is entitled: Collaborative Planning with digital design synthesis and was supervised by Prof. Mike Batty, Dr. James Cheshire and Prof. Carl Steinitz. I am also creator of Geodesign Hub a tool for collaborative urban and regional planning.
I have intermediate level coding skills and after dabbling with a number of languages, I have settled down with Python. I love it, especially coming from a non-Computer Science engineering background.
My focus at work and study has always been a mixture of Engineering Design and System Architecture. I am passionate about environmental issues especially with application of advanced technologies to the problem. Not so long ago, I was offered a fellowship to work on solving the collection and end-of-life aspects of e-waste in developing countries and it was the thesis for my degree, I worked on a number of issues around Waste Management and also built a electronic waste profiling survey, it is free to use and we have a small community that supports the site.
In the summer of 2007, I was involved in co-starting .com company with a friend which totally failed but the experience was invaluable and gave me a totally new perspective on failure. I feel like I have had many lives and in my previous life, I was involved with open source software, car companies, United Nations, Japan, Microsoft, MIT among other things.
I moved to this domain some time ago. It is a bit long but that’s my name. In real life, everyone calls me Hrishi. The H is silent so it is pronounced as ‘Reeshee’. The etymology is religious related to Hinduism, personally, I blame it on the English language because there is no English equivalent to the original Sanskrit character.
This site is hosted on WordPress.com and you can subscribe to the Atom or RSS feed to get the latest. I am @hrishiballal Twitter and also on LinkedIn, Github and Geodesignhub. If you want to get in touch, email is the best way to do so.
All content in this site is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Unless otherwise stated, everything here is © 1996 ~ 2016 Hrishikesh Ballal.