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Dr. Kulkarni is currently the Counselor for Science, Technology, Environment and Health Affairs at the Embassy of the United States of America in New Delhi, India, located at Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021, India. Previously, on a change of station assignment from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), he held the position of Executive Director, Laboratory Programs/Laboratory Management, University of California Office of the President (UCOP). His role was to: * Develop, communicate and implement a three national laboratories (Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore), ten UC campuses, one corporate strategy. * Identify S&T intersection points among the laboratories and between the laboratories and campuses to develop joint initiatives that utilize and leverage their unique strengths to solve problems of national importance and enhance collaborations between faculty/students and laboratory staff. * Improve communication and performance on joint Los Alamos and Livermore Laboratory programmatic activities, and identify areas where additional synergies and efficiencies could be realized by more collaborative work and sharing of capabilities and resources. Earlier, he was the Division Leader of the New Technologies Engineering Division (NTED, formerly the Nuclear Test Division) in the Engineering Directorate at LLNL. NTED is a multi-disciplinary, multi-program support organization with stewardship of several engineering core competencies/technologies. It consists of ~350 engineers/scientists and support staff. His assignments at LLNL have spanned national and homeland security, nonproliferation, energy & environment and biosciences programs in a multidisciplinary environment, with multi-track leadership responsibilities including technology development and management, program development, project management, administrative leadership, facilities/special equipment oversight, and interactions with universities/DOE/national labs/industry/foreign institutions; they are: * Section Leader and Thrust Area Leader, Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Section * Project Manager, LLNL/UC/Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Beamline Project * Engineering Team Leader, Advanced Gas Centrifuge/Laser Isotope Separation Peer Review * Project Leader, W-82 Weapons Reliability Project * Project Leader, Flywheel/Containment Energy Storage Technology Development Project In addition, he has held several institutional responsibilities such as membership of the Lab-wide Council on Energy & Environmental Security, Student Policy Committee and the Engineering S&T Strategic Planning Committee. He was also the S&T Panel Chair of the Engineering Futures Conference during LLNL's 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2003. Before joining LLNL in 1978, Dr. Kulkarni was the Program Manager for Advanced Composites with Materials Sciences Corporation in Blue Bell, PA. He has also worked at Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Power Generation Division in Lynchburg, VA, as a Reactor Internals Computational Analyst and as a Design Engineer with Tata Consulting Engineers in Mumbai, India. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, a MS in Structural Mechanics from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a BS in Civil Engineering from Calcutta University. He is the recipient of the Society of Sigma XI Research Award for outstanding graduate research, and the Society of Plastics Industry Design Award. He was also the winner of the first Jagdish Bose National Science Talent Search Award in India modeled after the Westinghouse (now Intel) Awards in the US. Dr. Kulkarni has authored many journal papers and reports covering a wide range of topics including composite materials, flywheels, NDE, synchrotron radiation, etc.; he has co-chaired ASME/ASTM conferences and is the co-editor of three (3) ASME and ASTM publications on advanced materials development, fracture and fatigue. More recently, in his current position, he has organized UCOP-sponsored forums on Engineering Novel Materials, High Energy Density and Ultrafast Sciences and Performance Based Design of Nuclear Energy Systems and the UC/LLNL Frontiers of Physics High School Day as part of the World Year of Physics 2005 Celebration. He is also the Editor of a recent UCOP publication University of California: 10 Campuses working with 3 National Laboratories: Unparalleled Contributions to Education, Discovery and Public Service. He resides in New Delhi, India, with his wife, Madhuri. They have one son who is married.