Sandeep Athavale

Sandeep Athavale

Principal Scientist; Chief Mentor,ION EduGame Program; Lead, Applied Games Lab, TCS Research

Sandeep leads the Purposeful Games lab at TCS Research. His work focuses on study and application of games for teaching-learning in the academic, corporate, and societal contexts. He has also worked on design of games and playful activities for enhancing user experience in the domain of healthcare. He has a PhD in Educational Game Design from Design School IIT Bombay (year 2020). His PhD work on endogenous design brings the distinctiveness of the solutions offered by the TCS lab.

Sandeep is a Chief Mentor to Educational Game Marketplace Program at TCS. He has been a visiting faculty at NID Bangalore and IDC IIT Bombay for Masters course in Game Design. He has been a panelist at NASSCOM Game Conference and India Game Development Conference in the field of serious games. He is an advisor to professional bodies such as PMI India and has conducted faculty development programs through AICTE and IEEE. Sandeep has several publications and few patents in his name.

Prior to his work in TCS research (which started in 2011), Sandeep has several years of experience in leading Innovation labs as well as IT solutions and engineering teams. (At Mafatlal Consultancy 1995 to 1997, TCS 1997 to 2005 including 4 years in US, and Tech Mahindra 2005 to 2011)

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering (1992, with distinction), and Master’s in Business Administration (1995, with distinction), both from Pune University.