Shounak Athavale leads AI & Computing Research at Ford’s Palo Alto Greenfield Lab.  Prior to his current role Dr. Athavale was responsible for establishing Software & Computing Research group at Palo Alto.  He has worked in several functions, including, Research and Advanced Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Systems Thinking/System Dynamics, Strategy, Enterprise Technology Research, and Business Innovation.

Dr. Athavale was recipient of ASME’s Blackall Award.  He holds PhD in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC and MBA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.