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Sohag Desai

Alumni (MIDS 2019)


Learn Data Science to acquire tools to better understand the world around me and have insights to help people to the best of my abilities.


Data Science
Information Architecture
Software Development




B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

M.S. in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Worked in the Center for Development of Telematics (CDOT), Bangalore as a software engineer developing operator console software for Private Automatic Branch Exchanges (PABX)

Worked at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Sunnyvale, CA as a software engineer developing software to optimize placement of chips and overhead cells on Silicon wafers (Overhead Cell Synthesizer(OCS))

Worked at Sun Microsystems in the Information Resources (IR) department as a senior software engineer.

Worked at Cisco Systems, Inc. in the Network Management Technology Group (NMTG) as a Technical Leader and then as an engineering manager and then as a senior engineering manager. 

Worked at Aruba Networks as a Member of the Senior Technical Staff in the access security product line. 

Cofounded Devsoft Corporation which provided device driver and application software development services. Funded $750,000 by Federal SBIR program. Acquired by Cisco Systems in 1998.

Cofounded Market Tools, Inc. CTO and Architect of SurveyCaster (TM). Market Tools received seven rounds of funding and was eventually acquired by SurveyMonkey. 

Member of founding team for Fanvana, Inc. Fanvana developed a mobile app for sports analytics and social networking. Winner of best startup at 2015 MIT/Sloan Sports Analytics conference. 

Director of Engineering and first engineering hire for Viome, Inc. which provides wellness as a service to analyzes gut microbiome and applies AI and ML to provide recommendations to improve wellness.

Chief Technical Officer of Trishul, LLC which is an innovation and investment firm.  


Academic Focus


Learn the tools and techniques of Data Science and Machine Learning to apply it to any current or future venture. Try to develop something to help the world to the best of my ability.  

Last updated:

December 2, 2022