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Monica Ghosh

TITLE

Communications Specialist, InTrans

PHONE

515-294-7668

EMAIL

monicagr@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CP Tech Center

About Monica

Monica Ghosh is a communications specialist for the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) publications group. Her responsibilities include technical and public relations writing/editing as well as InTrans web development/maintenance. Monica is passionate about building nonnative scholars’ ability to self-identify and self-correct English grammar/phrasing errors in order to maximize their international research publication/citation potential.

Monica joined InTrans in April 2019, having taught nearly every Iowa State University writing and speaking/pronunciation course available to nonnative-English-speaking graduate students. Her materials/curriculum development experience includes not only redeveloping an Iowa State University online writing course and face-to-face English speaking/pronunciation course, but also establishing the popular Graduate College Center for Communication Excellence English Speaking Consultation service. Monica’s aim of optimizing learning via the application of language and learning research to teaching practice has also grounded her numerous English-teacher-training publications and book-length English Speaking Consultant training manual.

Education


  • PhD, Applied Linguistics & Technology, Iowa State University, 2016
  • MA, Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics, Iowa State University, 2009
  • BS, Secondary Education (English), Faith Baptist Bible College, 2003 


Professional Experience


Publications

Richards, M. & Cotos, E. (2019.) Segmental accuracy: A recommended training sequence for moving learners from accurate perception to accurate and automatic production in the stream of speech.

Richards, M. (2016). Not all word stress errors are created equal: Validating an English word stress error hierarchy. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Richards, M. (2016). Teaching Tip: Transforming any text into an individualized segmental exercise via RelateWorldwide’s Pronunciation Highlighter. In J. Levis, H. Le, I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds). Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Dallas, TX, October 2015 (pp. 160-167). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Richards, M. (2016). Providing individualized homework and accountability for ITAs via Internet resources. In J. Levis, H. Le., I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds).Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Dallas, TX, October 2016 (pp. 245-257). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Richards, M. (2012). Helping Chinese learners distinguish English /l/ and /n/. In. J. Levis & K. LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2011. (pp. 161-167). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Richards, M. (2011). [Review of the book Insights into Non-native Vocabulary Teaching and Learning, edited by R. Chacón-Beltrán & M. del Mar Torreblanca-López]. System, 39, 582-584.

Richards, M. (2016). Developing academic vocabulary independently (DAVI): A usability study. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Richards, M. (2009). Out of the classroom and into the community. MIDTESOL Matters, Winter 2008-2009, 5.

 

Grantwriting

ELO course development grant to substantially redevelop English 101D online for mass delivery. (2014). Iowa State University: Engineering-LAS Online, $9000.

 

Communicating with students and professionals sharing my field

Richards, M. & Cotos, E. (2018). When perception of suprasegmental meaning varies across languages, what is a teacher to do? Poster presented at the 10thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Richards, M. & Cotos, E. (2018). Segmental accuracy: A recommended training sequence for moving learners from accurate perception to accurate (and automatic!) production in the stream of speech. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 10th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Chukharev-Hudilainen, E. & Richards, M. (2017). Linguatorium: Research-Grounded Tools for Language Learning. TechExploration presented at the Technology in Second Language Learning conference at Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Richards, M. (2016). Not all word stress errors are created equal: Validating an English word stress error gravity hierarchy. Poster presented at the 8thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Richards, M. (2015). Transforming any text into an individualized segmental exercise via RelateWorldwide’s Pronunciation Highlighter. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX.

Richards, M. (2014). A preliminary analysis of the word stress patterns of “New General Service List” vocabulary. Paper presented at the 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

Richards, M. (2014). Introducing a suite of high-interest communicative activities for providing learners’ concentrated exposure to English word stress. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

Richards, M. (2013). Providing individualized homework and accountability for ITAs via Internet and LMS resources. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 5thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Richards, M. (2012). Optimizing the acquisition of AWL word stress patterns via a principled, Web-based, audio flashcard pedagogy. Paper presented at the 4thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

Feng, H-H. & Richards, M. (2012). Needs Analysis and Course Development for EFL Engineering Graduate Students: A Case Study in Taiwan. Paper presented at the Symposium on Second Language Writing conference. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Aist, G., Richards, M. & Sudhakar, P. (2012). Customizing Language-Learning Activities for Engineering Students via LADL. Paper presented at the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.

Aist, G., Richards, M. & Niedergeses, D. (2011). Introducing LADL: A Learning Activity Description Language. Paper presented at the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium. University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Richards, M. (2008). Out of the Classroom and into the Community. Paper presented at MIDTESOL conference. Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA.

 

Communicating with students and professionals not sharing my field

As Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Peer Mentor at Iowa State University’s “Center for Communication Excellence”:

  • Title:Postdoctoral Writing Consultant (Mentees: International/domestic postdocs)
  • Title: English Writing Consultant (Mentees: Primarily international graduate students)
  • Title: English Speaking Consultant (Mentees: Primarily international graduate students)
  • Title: English Speaking Consultation Program Developer (Mentees: International/domestic English Speaking Consultants)

As sole instructor at Iowa State University:

  • English 101D: Academic English 2 for graduate students (face-to-face course about research writing)
  • English 101D: Academic English 2 for graduate students (online course about research writing)
  • English 150: Critical thinking and communication (Freshman composition)
  • English 180D: Advanced communication skills for international teaching assistants
  • English 180A: English pronunciation for international teaching assistants
  • English 99S: Strategies for nonnative speakers of English — Academic speaking and pronunciation

As teaching assistant at Iowa State University (with Dr. Karina Silva):

  • English 518: Teaching English as a second language — Methods and materials

As sole instructor at Iowa State University’s “Intensive English and Orientation Program”:

  • Advanced English listening, speaking and pronunciation
  • Community Interaction Class

As sole instructor at Xiamen City University/Xiamen Educational College (Xiamen, Fujian, P.R. China):

  • Business English
  • Pronunciation
  • Oral English
  • Listening and speaking

Awards and Honors


  • Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University Graduate College (Department of English), 2017.
  • Teaching Award, Iowa State University Graduate and Professional Student Senate, 2016.
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University Graduate College (Department of English), 2016.
  • Best Student Poster, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference, 2016.
  • Travel Award, MIDTESOL conference, 2008.
  • “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” 2002-2003.


Guillermo Basulto-Elias

TITLE

Assistant Scientist, CTRE

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

basulto@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CTRE

About Guillermo

Guillermo Basulto-Elias is a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University. He has experience on statistical computing, data visualization, generalized linear mixed effects models, nonparametric statistics, machine learning, and stochastic processes.

In recent years, he has worked on nonparametric models of data with measurement error and forensic statistics, which include footwear analysis, models for speaker recognition, and design and supervision of shoe prints forensic database. More recently, he has worked on software development for generating reports of crashes, and statistical models for traffic data, including linear mixed effects models, hierarchical Bayesian models, and functional data analysis.

Education


  • PhD, Statistics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2016
  • MSc in Probability and Statistics, Center for Research in Mathematics (CIMAT), Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2011
  • BS in Mathematics, University of Guanajuato (UG), Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2009

Professional Experience


  • Postdoctoral appointment, Institute for Transportation, Ames, IA, 2019–Present
  • Postdoctoral appointment, Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2016–2018
  • Graduate Assistant, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2011–2016

Selected Talks and Posters


  • Poster at 10th International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics, Minneapolis, MN, on Shoe matching based on image cross-sectioning. Joint work with Martin Silerio. 2017.
  • Poster at Joint Statistical Meetings, Seattle, WA, on Poverty Determinants in the US. Joint work with Natalia da Silva. 2015.
  • Invited talk at XIII Probability and Statistics Workshop at CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico. Statistical Learning of Machine Learning? 2015.
  • Invited talk at XIII Probability and Statistics Workshop at CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico. Complex Data Visualization in R. 2015.
  • Invited talk at the 2nd. Conference of the International Society for Non-parametric Statistics, Cadiz, Spain. A nonparametric estimator and bootstrap confidence bands for the Kolmogorov canonical measure. Joint work with Víctor Pérez-Abreu and Miguel Nakamura. 2014.
  • Poster at the International Society for Bayesian Statistics Meeting, Cancun, Mexico. Measurement error and compliance with physical activity guidelines in the US. Joint work with Brenna Curley and Alicia Carriquiry. 2014.
  • Invited talk at Prudsys User Days Conference, Berlin, Germany. DMC 2014 Solution. Joint work with the winning team of the 2014 Data Mining Cup: Fan Cao, Xiaoyue Cheng, Marius Dragomiroiu, Jessica Hicks, Cory Lanker, Ian Mouzon, Lanfeng Pan and Xin Yin. 2014.

Publications


  • Goswamy, A., Hallmark, S., Basulto-Elias, G., and Pawlovich, M. (2019) Safety Evaluation of Stop-Sign Mounted Beacons—A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Transportation Technologies, Vol. 09, No. 01.
  • Basulto-Elias, G., Carriquiry, A., De Brabanter, K. and Nordman, D. (2017) “fourierin”: An R package to compute Fourier integrals. The R Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2.

Awards and Recognition


  • Member of the winning team of the 2014 Data Mining Cup organized by Prudsys AG, 2014
  • Second runner-up of Sotero Prieto Award to the best undergraduate thesis in Mathematics of Mexico. Given by the Mexican Mathematical Society, 2010
  • Third place by Francisco Aranda Award to the best undergraduate thesis in Statistics of Mexico. Given by the Mexican Statistics Association, 2010

Oksana Gieseman

TITLE

Communications Manager, InTrans

PHONE

515-294-8745

EMAIL

oksana@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans

About Oksana

Ms. Gieseman is the Communications Manager with the Institute for Transportation. She is responsible for the management of InTrans communications efforts that include technical writing, editing, marketing, and public relations services.

Ms. Gieseman joined InTrans in October 2018. She brought over fifteen years of experience in communications, marketing, and management.

Education


  • M.A., Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication, Iowa State University, 2006
  • B.S. (with Honors Distinction), Technical Communication with concentrated study in Computer Science, Iowa State University, 2003

Professional Experience


  • Communications Manager, Grants Hub, Iowa State University: July 2017–October 2018
  • Director of Operations, AgSolver, Inc.: August 2013–July 2017
  • Director of Publications/Editor of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Soil and Water Conservation Society: January 2009–August 2013
  • Communications Specialist, Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE), Iowa State University: September 2005–January 2009
  • Technical Editor, Center for Transportation Research and Education, Iowa State University: January 2004–September 2005

John Adam

TITLE

Associate Director, CP Tech Center

PHONE

515-294-7323

EMAIL

jfadam@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CP Tech Center

About John

John Adam, P.E., serves as an associate director for the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), managing multifaceted, multiyear research projects from their inception through submitting final deliverables. He provides technical assistance, training to professionals, and presentations to key stakeholders to support advancements in concrete pavement design, construction, and maintenance. John has worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) and for several firms in private industry during his engineering career.

John is a 1980 graduate of Iowa State University, obtained a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering, and is licensed in Iowa as a civil engineer. He was Highway Division Director and Chief Engineer for the Iowa DOT in Ames for six years, after earlier serving as DOT Statewide Operations Bureau Director. Following that stint, he spent several years as Senior Vice President at Knight Engineering. In addition, he has been a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Highway Traffic Safety, the AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways, and numerous other AASHTO subcommittees throughout his career.

John brings more than 30 years of experience in the design and delivery of transportation improvement projects. He has often collaborated with project stakeholders and the community to develop the right solutions for transportation challenges.

Education


  • BS, Construction Engineering, Iowa State University, 1980

Professional Recognition


  • Registered Civil Engineer in Iowa (#10644)

Professional Experience


  • Associate Director, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Ames, IA, 2021–present
  • Lab Director/Project Manager, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Ames, IA, 2018–2021
  • Vice President, Knight E/A Inc., 2016–2018
  • Chief Engineer/Highway Division Director, Iowa Department of Transportation 2010–2016
  • Statewide Operations Bureau Director, Iowa Department of Transportation, 2002–2009
  • Materials Engineer/Assistant Materials Engineer, Iowa Department of Transportation, 1998–2002
  • District 1 Materials Engineer, Iowa Department of Transportation 1996–1998
  • Asphalt Field Construction Engineer, Iowa Department of Transportation, 1990–1996
  • Various Materials and Contracts Positions, Iowa Department of Transportation, 1983–1990
  • Structural Steel Fabrication/Construction—Various Positions, PDM Corp., 1980–1983

Professional Accomplishments/Highlights


  • Provided leadership and guidance in establishment of QA/QC programs for asphalt contractors and for aggregate producers in Iowa
  • Involved in specifications development and implementation of QA/QC for concrete paving contractors in Iowa
  • Facilitated coordination and management of transportation-related research activities with various research partners and entities
  • Oversight of winter maintenance program, focusing on proactive management of snow and ice control, innovation (AVL/GPS, public facing dashboard cameras), and performance measures
  • Facilitated development and implementation of electronic construction project administration, including an electronic material delivery ticket process approved by the FHWA
  • Supported development and implementation of electronic design processes allowing for full “paperless processes” from survey through design, letting, construction, and project close-out
  • Successful management of the recovery efforts on the Interstate Highway System in western Iowa damaged by the historic 2011 Missouri River flood

Professional Affiliations


  • FHWA Every Day Counts 6 (EDC 6) Targeted Overlays for Pavement Solutions (TOPS) Technical Working Group 2020-present
  • American Concrete Paving Association (ACPA) – Quality Construction Committee 2020-present
  • TRB Design & Rehabilitation of Concrete Pavements Comm. (AKP 20) – “Friend” 2020-present
  • TRB Pavement Preservation Comm. (AKT 20) – “Friend”  2020-present
  • Co-Chair of NCHRP Project 20-68A, Scan 13-02, “Advances in Civil Integrated Management,” April 2015
  • TRB SHRP2 Safety Data Oversight Committee, 2014–2019
  • TRB Committee on Long-term Stewardship of SHRP2 Safety Data, 2013–2014
  • Iowa State University Construction Engineering Industry Advisory Council, 2001–2014
  • Concrete Paving Technology Center Advisory Council, 2000–2010
  • National Concrete Pavement Technology Center Board Member, 2010–2016
  • Iowa Department of Transportation Specifications Committee, 2000–2010
  • Iowa Highway Research Board, 1990–2010
  • AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways, 2010–2016
  • AASHTO Subcommittee on Operations and Management (past member)
  • AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials (past member)
  • AASHTO Subcommittee on Performance Measures (past member)
  • AASHTO Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety (past member)

Zhengyu Liu

TITLE

Research Engineer, BEC

PHONE

515-294-8103

EMAIL

zhengyu@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, BEC

About Zhengyu

Dr. Liu is a research engineer for the Bridge Engineering Center and the Timber Bridge Program. He provides analytical expertise and project oversight for BEC projects. Dr. Liu has been involved in the conduct of bridge-related research for over six years. Dr. Liu received his master’s degree in civil engineering in 2014 and doctorate in structural engineering in 2018 from Iowa State University. Following the completion of his PhD, he continued his work at the Bridge Engineering Center as a research engineer. In total, he has contributed to more than 20 bridge-related research projects for numerous federal, state, and local agencies. His current research is in the general area of bridge engineering with specific interest in accelerated bridge construction (ABC), precast bridge element design and connection detailing, time-dependent bridge superstructure behavior, structural health monitoring and load rating, and highly nonlinear bridge structure simulation, etc. He is an author/co-author of more than 20 bridge structure related research reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.

Education


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2018
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2014
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Shenyang University of Technology, China, 2012

Professional Experience


  • Research Engineer, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2018–present
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2013–2018

Selected Publications


  • Freeseman, K. S., Liu, Z., Phares, B. M., and Mousavi, S. 2021. Experimental Validation of a Rapid Assessment Tool for Pile Capacity and Stability in Response to Scour Situations. Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • Liu, Z., Freeseman, K. S., Dahlberg, J. M., Phares, B. M., and LaViolette, M. 2021. Lateral Slide of Multi-Span Bridges: Investigation of Connections and Other Details–Phase I. Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • Freeseman, K. S., Liu, Z., and Phares, B. M. 2021. Implementation of the Negative Moment Reinforcing Detail Recommendations.” Iowa Highway Research Board, Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, IA.
  • Freeseman, K. S., Liu, Z., and Sanderson, T. B. 2021. Exploration of Ultrasound for the Evaluation and Preservation of Structures. Iowa Highway Research Board, Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, IA.
  • Sanderson, T. B., Liu, Z., Freeseman, K. S. 2021. Exploration of Ultrasound for the Evaluation and Preservation of Structures. Case Studies in Construction Materials, Elsevier.
  • Liu, Z., and Semendary, A. 2021. Numerical Investigation on Early Age Performance of UHPC Shear Keys between an Adjacent Prestressed Concrete Box Beams. Advances in Structural Engineering.
  • Liu, Z., and Phares, B. M. 2020. Determination of U-bolt connection load capacities in overhead sign support structures. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 170.
  • Shi, W., Shafei, B., Liu, Z., and Phares, B. 2020. Longitudinal box-beam bridge joints under monotonic and cyclic loads. Engineering Structures, Vol. 220.
  • Liu, Z., Phares, B. M., Shafei, B., and Shi, W. 2020. Full-Scale Evaluation of the Innovative Joint Design between Adjacent Box Beams. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Liu, Z., Freeseman, K. S., and Phares, B. M. 2020. Evaluation of the Need for Negative Moment Reinforcing in Prestressed Concrete Bridge. Engineering Structures,
  • Liu, Z., and Phares, B. M. 2020. Use of Shrinkage Compensated Concrete in the Joint between Adjacent Box Beams. Materials in Civil Engineering,
  • Liu, Z., Freeseman, K. S., Phares, B. M., and Mousavi, S. 2020. Evaluation, Laboratory Testing, Construction Documentation, and Field Testing/Monitoring of the US 52 Overflow Bridge over the Mississippi Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • Phares, B. M., Liu, Z. 2019. Determination of U-Bolt Connection Load Capacities in Overhead Sign Support Structures. Iowa Highway Research Board, Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, IA.
  • Liu, Z., and Phares, B. M. 2019. Small-Scale Investigation on Wide Longitudinal Joints Filled with Shrinkage- Compensated Concrete for Adjacent Box Beam Bridges. Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 24, No. 12.
  • Shi, W., Liu, Z., Shafei, B., and Phares, B. M. 2019. Early-age performance of longitudinal bridge joints made with shrinkage-compensating cement concrete. Engineering Structures, Vol. 197.
  • Phares, B. M., Greimann, L. F., Liu, Z., and Freeseman, K. 2017. Context Sensitive Design: Testing of Multi-Performance Level Box Beam Standards. Iowa Highway Research Board, Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, IA.
  • Liu, Z., Phares, B. M., and Greimann, L. F. 2016. Use of Longitudinal Expansion Joints in Wide-Bridge Applications to Reduce Deck Cracking. Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 21, No. 10.
  • Phares, B. M., Greimann, L. F., and Liu, Z. 2015. Evaluation of the Need for Longitudinal Median Joints in Bridge Decks on Dual Structures. Iowa Highway Research Board, Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, IA.

Research Interests


  • Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)
  • Precast bridge element design and connection detailing
  • Connection detailing for steel structure
  • Time-dependent bridge superstructure behavior
  • Structural health monitoring and load rating
  • Highly non-linear bridge structure simulation
  • Timber bridge structure

Ali Arabzadeh

TITLE

Postdoctoral Research Associate, PROSPER

AFFILIATIONS

PROSPER

About Ali

Umesh Vaidya

TITLE

Faculty Affiliate

PHONE

515-294-7975

EMAIL

ugvaidya@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

REACTOR

About Umesh

Adarsh Krishnamurthy

TITLE

Faculty Affiliate

PHONE

515-294-5568

EMAIL

adarsh@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

REACTOR

About Adarsh

Chinmay Hegde

TITLE

Faculty Affiliate

PHONE

515-294-6291

EMAIL

chinmay@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

REACTOR

About Chinmay

Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

TITLE

Faculty Affiliate

PHONE

515-294-7442

EMAIL

baskarg@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

REACTOR

About Baskar

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