AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND SKILL SETS
Business Process Modeling Process optimization
Project management Lean Six Sigma
Predictive and Simulation modeling Manufacturing reengineering
Data analysis Metrics development and reporting
Organizational development Sales effectiveness
Team management Patent engineering
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton, NY, Expected Date of
Graduation: December 2009
M.S., Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton, NY, May 2006
Thesis: An investigation on bottleneck location, capacity and buffer size on flow & flexible flow lines
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Mumbai, India, August 2003
IBM Corporation (June 2006 – June 2009)
(January 2009 – June 2009) Member, IBM Advanced Manufacturing Science Team
Developed Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) cost estimation tool for the IBM Development team – Expected to improve
quotation accuracy and reduce time to quote for the same
Developed statistical training material to support Green Belt Lean Six Sigma training
(October 2007 – June 2009) Research Member, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Designed a methodology for Defining and Categorizing Handoff Points
Developed the Handoff Chain – A new Business Process Modeling technique
Introduced reduction algorithm for process optimization initiatives
Contributed to patent development for handoff analysis
(June 2007 – December 2008) Data Analyst and Lean Six Sigma Technical Support – HR Team
Forecast worldwide accrual expenses and expenses accrued by every country with IBM presence – Significant reduction
in forecasting error rates
Improved sigma ratings of the accrual invoice by reducing discrepancies – Savings more than $500K achieved
Developed worldwide cross reporting metrics for IA tax compliance
Automated and standardized the Excess Tax Reconciliation (ETR) reporting framework – Time reduction by more than 5
minutes per ETR reporting
Data consolidation and analysis of the ETR amounts for worldwide IA
(June 2006 – May 2007) Learning Consultant, IBM Enterprise Learning
Conducted training and participated in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Session at IBM, Armonk, NY
Instructor, Manufacturing Simulations using Arena 11.0 – Around 30 employees
Conducted training sessions in forecasting techniques for 50 employees
Identified ways to implement Lean and Six Sigma methodologies in HR and call center domain
Developed Lean, Six Sigma, Simulation, Excel and Forecasting training material for IBM internal customers
(June 2006 – August 2007) Member, IBM Advanced Manufacturing Science Team
Simulation modeling of end to end server assembly processes
- Increased the server assembly line throughput – Potential increase by 17%
- Developed order release patterns to the shop floor
Developed operator training schedules and resource allocation arrangement
Developed user friendly Excel based interface for simulations
Conducted training sessions in Manufacturing Simulation for 20 employees
Motorola Inc. (May 2005 – May 2006)
Research Associate, Research Foundation of the State University of New York at Binghamton
Investigated feasibility of copper wires in wire bonding technology – Potential cost reduction by 85%
Designed experiments on plasma cleaners – Reduction by 15% in cycle times
Decreased distance traveled by bond head by 18% using optimization technique – Reduction of 2 seconds per board
Designed tooling and fixtures for plasma cleaners
Dealt with process issues associated with wire bonders and plasma cleaners
Simulation Analysis of Manufacturing lines
Optimized line performances – Increased throughput by 2% with buffer allocation methodology
Developed a shift pattern required to meet the production targets
Performed other simulations involving pallet optimization – Using metamodels
Developed automotive sensor assembly line layouts using AutoCAD to improve floor space utilization
Created concept layouts for future production lines using Lean principles
Analyzed production and workload capacity for the automotive sensor assembly lines to meet the target demands
Imaging & Sensing Technologies (August 2004 – December 2004)
Research Associate, Research Foundation of the State University of New York at Binghamton
Used statistical techniques for validation and qualification of process parameters
Analyzed failed components to determine the possible root causes
Initiated process improvement through hypothesis testing
Developed methodologies and tools for process monitoring and control
Dalal Engineering Pvt. Ltd. (August 2003 – June 2004) Process and Sales Engineer
Selected media and chemicals to optimize time required for finishing operations – Supervised 15 operators
Commissioned machines at various client sites
Developed Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for new products
Managed Southern Zone (South India) for pre and post sales services of finishing machines and required finishing
Managed company kiosk at two different industrial exhibitions
Team member for critical projects concerned with cost analysis of new products
Instructor for Excel and PowerPoint sessions for the Dean’s administrative staff, July 2009
Teaching Assistant for ‘SSIE 515/ISE 415: Operations Management of Supply Chains’ course, Spring 2009, Binghamton
Guest lecturer for ‘ISE 363: Designing with Experiments’, Spring 2009, Binghamton University – Attended by
Teaching Assistant for ‘SSIE 510: Enterprise Systems Engineering’ course, Fall 2008, Binghamton University
Designed, developed and taught Forecasting module for the ‘SSIE 510: Enterprise Systems Engineering’ course, Fall 2008,
Binghamton University – Attended by graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Designed, developed and taught modules including Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Simulation and Process Modeling,
Lean Manufacturing and Just-In-Time for the ‘SSIE 510: Science of Manufacturing’ course, Fall 2007, Binghamton
University – Attended by graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Office Productivity: MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Visio, PowerPoint, Project), Lotus Notes
Languages: VBA, C++, basic understanding of UML
Operating Systems: MS-DOS, WINDOWS 98/2000/XP
Statistical Packages: MINITAB, Expert Fit, MATLAB, SAS
Simulation: Arena Simulation Software, WITNESS Simulation Software
CAD: AutoCAD R14, 2000
Available upon request
PUBLICATIONS and SEMINARS
Kulkarni, N., Ramakrishnan, S., and Srihari, K., ‘Handoff Modeling as a Catalyst for Process Continuity Improvement and
Productivity Enhancement’ – Working Manuscript to be submitted to the 30 Annual Conference of American Society for
Engineering Management, Rolla, MO.
Belohlavek, R., Kulkarni, N., and Vychodil, V., ‘A Novel Approach to Cell Formation’, 7 International Conference on
Formal Concept Analysis, Darmstadt, Germany, 2009.
o Also published as a Book Chapter in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 5548, 2009, pp. 210-223.
Kulkarni, N., Tsai, P., Srihari, K., Testani, M., and Ramakrishnan, S., ‘Minimizing Risk of Earnings Surprise in Accrual
Estimation’, Proceedings of the 29 Annual Conference of American Society for Engineering Management, West Point,
New York, 2008 (Nominated for the Best Paper Award).
Ramakrishnan, S., Kumaran, S., Chang, H., Kulkarni, N., and Srihari, K., ‘Defining and Categorizing Handoff Points for the
Service Domain’, Proceedings of the 29 Annual Conference of American Society for Engineering Management, West
Point, New York, 2008.
Kulkarni, N., Tsai, P., Srihari, K., and Testani, M., ‘Enhancing the Efficiency of the Server Assembly Process Through
Simulation Modeling’, Proceedings of the 13 Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory,
Applications & Practice, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008.
Joshi, A., Kulkarni, N., Samant, P., and Lu, S., ‘A Comparative Study of Multivariate Techniques and Support Vector
Machines for Text Categorization’, Proceedings of the 13 Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering
Theory, Applications & Practice, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008.
Kulkarni, N., ‘Group Technology and Formal Concept Analysis’, Seminar on Information Science, State University of NY at
Binghamton, Nov. 2007.
Kulkarni, N., and Nambiar, S., ‘Simulation of Fuel Cell Production Line’, 34 Symposium and Expo, iMAPS New England,
Vishwanathan, K., Kulkarni, N., Pachamuthu, A., Santos, D., and Damodaran, P., ‘A Comparative Study of Dispatching
Rules in Hybrid Flow Shops with Discrete and Batch Processors’, Proceedings of 2007 Industrial Engineering Research
Conference (IERC), Nashville, TN, 2007.
Kulkarni, N., Damodaran, P. and Srihari, K., ‘Wire Bonding and Plasma Cleaners: Issues in Manufacturing’, Proceedings of
2007 Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), Nashville, TN, 2007.
Kulkarni, N., and Lu, S., ‘Process Characterization and Optimization of Mass Finishing Process’, Proceedings of 2006
Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), Orlando, Fl, 2006.
Kulkarni, N., ‘Mass Finishing’, Journal of Metal Finishers Association of India, Nov. 2003.
Kulkarni, N., and Bharadwaj, G., ‘Productivity Improvement’, State Level Competition, Mar 2002.
TECHNICAL REPORTS (SUBMITTED TO INDUSTRY)
Kulkarni, N., Tsai, P., and Srihari, K., ‘Accrual Estimation on International Assignee Tax Consulting’, Technical report
submitted to IBM, May 2008.
Kulkarni, N., Tsai, P., and Srihari, K., ‘Understanding the International Assignee Taxation Process’, Technical report
submitted to IBM, September 2007.
Kulkarni, N., Tsai, P., and Srihari, K., ‘The Need for Six Sigma and Lean Thinking in the Service Industry’, Technical report
submitted to IBM, May 2007.
Kulkarni, N., Tsai, P., and Srihari, K., ‘Analysis of Server Fulfillment Line Using Simulations’, Technical report submitted to
IBM, Feb 2007.
Kulkarni, N., Tsai, P., and Srihari, K., ‘Throughput Analysis and Training Scheduling in the OpTest Area – A Simulation
Approach’, Technical report submitted to Endicott Interconnects, Oct 2006
Kulkarni, N., Damodaran, P., and Srihari, K., ‘Analysis of PPRT II Line Using Simulation’, Technical report submitted to
Motorola Inc., Feb 2006.
Kulkarni, N., Cook, H., Lam, S., and Lu, S., ‘Statistical Process Control for MIC Manufacturing Process’, Technical report
submitted to Imaging & Sensing Technology Corporation., Jan 2005.
Kulkarni, N., ‘Sales of Mass Finishing Media and Chemicals in South India’, Technical report submitted to Dalal
Engineering Pvt. Ltd., Apr 2004
Kulkarni, N., Lad, S., Dubey, A., Bhave, R., ‘Upgrading Press Quench Tooling and Fixtures’, Technical report submitted to
Eicher Demm Co., India, June 2003
Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Binghamton
‘Solving a Constrained Quadratic Assignment Problem using Variation of Simulated Annealing’, Kulkarni, N., and
‘Text Categorization – A Comparison of Multivariate Techniques and SVM’, Joshi, A., Kulkarni, N., and Samant, P.
‘Comparison of Series and Parallel setup – Queue length and Throughput Analysis’, Kulkarni, N., Johnson, A., Antony,
A., and Hirani, N.
‘Designing and Analysis of Experiments to Understand the Best Possible Combination to Achieve the Desired Surface
Finish’, Kulkarni, N., and Pawar, S.
‘Modeling a Pharmaceutical Supply Chain’, Dallard, D., and Kulkarni, N.
‘Simulation of a Tent Building Process to Identify Methods for Improvement’, Kulkarni, N., and Pable, A.
HONORS, AWARDS AND OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
SSIE Graduate Students Organization Senator, 2009
Panelist at Lockheed Martin for ‘Cross Cultural Training’, February 2009
Developed research proposal for IBM Corporation on Lean and Six Sigma Approach in Autonomation of Services
Domain, December 2008
Developed research proposal for IBM Corporation on International Assignee Taxation Project, December 2007
Peer reviewer, Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC), 2006 – Present
Member, Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society), Binghamton Chapter, May 2006 – Present
President, Mechanical Engineering Students Council, DMCOE, India, 2002-2003