PhD Student
ATLAS Institute


Purnendu is a designer, entrepreneur and experimental physicist. He is passionate about developing systems and interfaces on pushing the envelope of human computer interaction with a flavor of material science and nanotechnology. His previous work spans interaction design, soft robotics, nanofabrication, nanomaterials and tangible interaction design. He is also interested in personal fabrication. He holds an Integrated Master's degree in physics (with specialization in material science) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. Before coming to ATLAS, he co-founded a nanotechnology company in India, which focuses on manufacturing and developing commercial applications around the wonder material, Graphene. He also co-founded a multidisciplinary design studio at IIT Roorkee. His work portfolio includes internships at other HCI research labs, including The HCI Group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany, as well as Bauhaus University, Germany. His advisors are Daniel Leithinger, a professor of computer science, and Carson Bruns, a professor of mechanical engineering in the ATLAS Institute.