Presently serving as Principal Scientist, Centre for Testing Services - an integrated unit catering to the needs of Rock testing, Rock fracture mechanics, Soil testing, Materials testing – destructive tests on wire ropes, In-situ Non destructive testing of various vital components of Mine hoisting systems, aerial rope ways, processing units etc and quarrying technology for dimensional stone mining. Head of the Department - Slope Stability Cell, Seismotectonic Cell & Officer-in-charge, NIRM, Registered Office, KGF. Obtained Ph.D in Mining Engineering from Einstein International University, New York, USA, 2011 (Through DE). B.Tech (Mining), First class with distinction, Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal, Mangalore University, Karnataka, (1985-89), Diploma in Mining and Mine Surveying, School of Mines, Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka, (1982-85), Secured a 2nd rank and Bachelor of Law (LL.B), Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka (1992-95). Level – II certificate holder from ASNT in Magnetic particle testing (MPT), Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Visual Testing (VT) and Penetrant Testing (PT). Served as “National Expert” and Consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), October 10, 2004, Fellow, Institute of Engineers, 2015, Member, Governing Board of the Stone Crafts Foundation, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, March 6, 2006, Member, Editorial Board, StonEdge, Journal on Indian dimensional stone industry, Jaipur, January 20, 2007, Member, Stones Sectional Committee, CED 6 and Rock Mechanics Sectional Committee, CED 48, Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi, Member, International Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunneling Technology, India.