I am Hrishikesh Ballal, welcome to my website. I have had this site in one form or the other for the past 21 years or so.
I am Mechanical Engineer by training specializing in Engineering Design, Operations Research with degrees from University of Michigan and MIT. More recently, I have been involved with Geodesign. 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 the Managing Director of Geodesign Hub a platform for collaborative urban and regional planning. The mission of the company is to make geodesign technologies broadly available.
My focus at work and study has always been a mixture of Engineering Design and System Architecture. I am passionate about environmental and urban 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.
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.
In real life, everyone calls me Hrishi. The H is silent so it is pronounced as ‘Reeshee’. The etymology of my name, ऋषिकेश in Sanskrit, is religious related to Hinduism. There is no equivalent in the English alphabets for the original Sanskrit character.
This site provides Atom or RSS feeds and you can subscribe to them 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 ~ 2017 Hrishikesh Ballal.