Kanchan Gaikwad

Kanchan Gaikwad graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis with a Master’s in Electrical Computer Engineering. She designed an advanced power photovoltaic inverter with controlled output power achieving a total harmonic distortion of less than 5%. She has experience with automotive control kits such as Kinetic Design Studios, Kinetic Motor Suits, MATLAB, Simulink, Visual Studios, FreeMaster, TeraTerm, MIT App Inventor. She has sound knowledge on power circuit designs, power controls lumped systems PCB layout design and digital signal processing.

Kanchan Gaikwad was selected as a TA because of her willingness to meet students where they are and guide them in the process of building engine control strategies and other course related engineering processes. She has a solid understanding of the course material and accepts new challenges in a fearless manner. Kanchan feels that her communication skills are helping her in her journey as a TA, and she enjoys helping students understand the logic and concepts behind what they learn at LHPU. Kanchan finds that this position is helping her stay connected with and learn from the professionals in the area.

Kanchan has recently been hired by the LER division of LHP and will start as an Embedded Controls Engineer the first week of March.


Sumaya Haider

Sumaya Haider holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University. She has taken the lead and volunteered to help with team projects while at school, giving her opportunities to learn teamwork skills while working with fellow students and professors.  These projects also gave her additional experience on engineering topics. She has experience with Cadence and Spectre for VLSI design as well as MATLAB and Simulink for signal processing and control systems.

Sumaya Haider was selected as a TA because of her inquisitive nature that allows her to dive deeper than most into engineering subjects. She also has a positive attitude in the way she approaches challenges. Sumaya says that the best part about being a TA was interacting with different academic backgrounds which helped her learn and gather great insights from others’ experiences. The TA position gave her solid ground to develop her skills and gain additional knowledge on various aspects in the automotive domain.

Sumaya has recently been hired by the LSS division of LHP, and now works as an Embedded Controls Engineer.



Aditya Vaidya graduated from Wayne State University with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Advanced Propulsion and Energy Systems. A passion for working with automobile engines lead him to the intensive coursework. Aditya has used various tools like MATLAB, Simulink and LabVIEW to implement various control strategies and simulations throughout his Master’s. By using GT-Power, he has also performed 1-D engine simulations. He gained hands-on experience with embedded controls and calibration tools like MotoHawk, MotoTune and CANKing while implementing control strategies on a diesel engine while at LHPU.

Aditya Vaidya was selected as a TA because of his extensive knowledge on engines and the way they behave. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty when problem-solving. He says he had a great experience working as a TA at LHP, and it was the first of its kind. Aditya Vaidya thinks that the best thing about being a TA was that the role gave him a chance to reinforce the knowledge that he gained during the training. His previous experiences helped him to connect very well with the training and face the challenges with a systematic approach. He feels he not only developed new technical skills, but he also got to test his leadership skills and hone them further. He was recruited by the LER division of LHP and now works for Cummins as an Embedded Controls Engineer.