inventor / designer / engineer

I love to build the unconventional.

Hello!
I'm Sandesh.

inventor / designer / engineer

I love to build the unconventional.

Hello! I'm Sandesh.

I love to work at the intersection of Engineering and Product Design, in the development of cutting-edge technologies.

Creativity and incessant curiosity have always been the nucleus of my life—nothing excites me more than questioning the conventions to create the extraordinary.

Me at 4, 14, and 24!
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Stanford University ’22
Master of Science, Engineering, Design Impact

Courses in Engineering, Product Realization, Design-thinking, and Leadership.

Design Impact: A cohort of diverse engineers trained to employ “Design Thinking”—the human-centered problem solving process pioneered at Stanford—to generate novel, actionable, and impactful solutions, for complex problems.

Manipal

Manipal Institute of Technology ’18
Bachelor of Technology, Mechatronics Engineering

Multidisciplinary program with courses from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, for designing robots and electro-mechanical systems for industrial automation.

Stanford University ’22
Master of Science, Engineering
Design Impact

Courses in Engineering, Product Realization, Design-thinking, and Leadership.

Design Impact: A cohort of diverse engineers trained to employ “Design Thinking”—the human-centered problem solving process pioneered at Stanford—to generate novel, actionable, and impactful solutions, for complex problems.

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Manipal Institute of Technology ’18
Bachelor of Technology
Mechatronics Engineering

Multidisciplinary program with courses from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, for designing robots and electro-mechanical systems for industrial automation.

Manipal

Projects

Spectrum

Spectrum is the world’s first multi-color spray-paint machine, which instantly accords thousands of spray-paint colors to artists. It takes in basic colors from regular spray-paint cans and mixes them in real time, to instantly spray out the desired color.

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Cognition-Driven Gurney

An electric gurney which can be effortlessly maneuvered by anyone who has the cognition of pushing objects—without any training—preventing accidents during patient transportation.  It interprets the desired maneuver by mapping the force applied by the user, and powers its wheels accordingly.

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Loo-Nar

The NASA Lunar Loo Challenge 2020 called forth space-toilet concepts for the Artemis moon-lander. My entry, “The Loo-Nar”, makes the astronaut toilet-chores effortless, clean, and safe.

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Eco-Faucet

An eco-friendly faucet with a novel arrangement of water-atomizers, which uses only a twentieth of the water used by regular faucets while washing hands, without taking more time or compromising on the cleaning efficiency.

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Stanford Course-Projects

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Tangible Tasks

A mechanical to-do list to replace the one on my smartphone. It lets me plan my daily goals in a more tangible and less distracting way.

Course: ME 203, Design and Manufacturing

Hacks...

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Injection Molding at Home

Can you do injection-molding at home, with a 3-D printer and a kitchen oven?

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My Bedroom Makerspace

I built my own makerspace, to endlessly work on my favorite things!

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Reviving a Vintage Lens

Can you mount old film-camera lenses on modern DSLRs, using 3-D printing?

Injection Molding at Home

Can you do injection-molding at home, with a 3-D printer and a kitchen oven?

My Bedroom Makerspace

I built my own makerspace, to endlessly work on my favorite things!

Reviving a Vintage Lens

Can you mount old film-camera lenses on modern DSLRs, using 3-D printing?

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DIY Studio Lighting

Can you build high-quality studio lights with broken LCDs and 3-D printing?

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The Ideal Battery

Can you build a battery for hobbyists, that easily charges and integrates?

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A Flexible Showpiece

How I built a desk-toy, using a 3-D printed compliant mechanism.

DIY Studio Lighting

Can you build high-quality studio lights with broken LCDs and 3-D printing?

The Ideal Battery

Can you build a battery for hobbyists, that easily charges and integrates?

A Flexible Showpiece

How I built a desk-toy, using a 3-D printed compliant mechanism.

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Drilling Hardened Steel

Can you drill hardened steel at home, with a hand-drill, without breaking anything?

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Casings for Electronics

Can you 3-D print protective casings that snap right on to electronics? 

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3D Printed Bearings

My 3-D printer had an inadequate spool holder; I 3-D printed an entire ball-bearing mechanism for it.

Drilling Hardened Steel

Can you drill hardened steel at home, with a hand-drill, without breaking anything?

Casings for Electronics

Can you 3-D print protective casings that snap right on to electronics? 

3D Printed Bearings

My 3-D printer had an inadequate spool holder; I 3-D printed an entire ball-bearing mechanism for it.

Work

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Dr Reddy's Laboratories

Consulting Engineer and Studio5B Fellow at the pharmaceutical multinational. Collaborated with their scientists, designers, and business developers, to ideate and prototype novel products for personalizing medicines.

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RoboManipal

Mechanical Designer at Manipal University’s robotics team. Competed twice in ABU RoboCon, Asia’s largest robotics championship; we built badminton-playing robots for the first year and wind-powered robots for the second.

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Product Design

Freelance; created product concepts for start-ups wanting to develop their inchoate ideas.

Awards

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James Dyson Awards 2017

International Top-20 Prize, in James Dyson Foundation’s global product design competition. The entries showcase inventions with novel designs, that can solve the pressing problems of today’s world. The final round, with the global top-20 projects, is judged by the acclaimed inventor, Sir James Dyson.

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MIT Grand Hack 2019

First Prize, in the world’s largest healthcare hackathon, hosted by MIT Hacking Medicine. I collaborated with clinicians and designed a system that automates the administration of intraoperative medication—to curb opioid misuse in hospitals and also speed up surgeries.

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Solvay APAC Innovation Meet 2018

Guest Speaker, at Solvay Asia-Pacific’s international innovation conference. I gave a talk on “Innovation in Young Minds”; I showed my projects, talked about challenges faced by innovators in India, and suggested ways for multinationals to influence changes in orthodox education systems.

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KMC Hacking Cancer 2019

Mentor and Judge, at Manipal University’s first Cancer Hackathon, where students from medical and engineering schools collaborated to solve problems in cancer care. I gave a talk on “How to Hack a Hackathon”, and helped the teams with engineering solutions. As a judge, I critiqued the engineering aspects of the teams’ proposed products.

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INK Makers Grand Finale 2016

Second Prize, in INK Talk’s inter-college product development competition. The winners of “INK Makers Hackathons” compete in the Grand Finale—they develop and pitch their products in front of an entrepreneurial jury.

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TRICKS 2009

First prize, in India’s largest national high-school robotics championship at that time. My robot smoked the other robots in a game of soccer!

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Let's talk!

sandesh@stanford.edu

in/sandeshmanik

@sandeshmanik

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