Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2002
  • B.S., Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, 1991
Academic Appointments
  • Visiting Scholar, Electricity Utilization Group, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK, Fall 2001
  • Visitor, Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 2007-2008

Dr. Srivastava specializes in Mechanical Engineering has a deep knowledge of areas including dynamics and control systems, numerical modeling and simulation, and mechanics of materials.

Dr. Srivastava has a unique background of solving problems in health and biomedical research.  Prior to joining Exponent, he worked at Caltech on the development of an ultra-sensitive device to detect proteins from a drop of blood.  In an earlier role at Mayo Clinic, he applied machine learning techniques to gene expression analysis of bone cancer.  As a graduate student, Dr. Srivastava worked on developing robots to automate sample handling for DNA sequencing.  Working at MIT and with engineers at the University of Cambridge, he developed a highly accurate simulation and understanding of DNA transport in microdevice based DNA sequencing. Dr. Srivastava has also performed technical due diligence studies and business analysis for biotechnology startups.

At Exponent, Dr. Srivastava is using his core Mechanical Engineering expertise to serve clients that need help with challenging cases involving HVAC, Mechanical Failures, Stress Analysis, Dynamics, and Control Systems.  He continues to develop his capabilities to serve clients in the areas of biomedical devices and renewable energy.  

Dr. Srivastava was a Graduate Research Assistant at MIT's Computer Aided Design Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and at the BioMEMs Laboratory of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.  He was the Teaching Assistant for three core undergraduate Mechanical Engineering classes at MIT, namely a) Statics, b) Dynamics, and c) Control Systems.  He enjoys explaining advanced engineering concepts in a way that non-experts can understand. 

Dr. Srivastava started his professional career at Tata Steel where he conducted failure investigations and supported scheduled Steel Plant maintenance.   

Dr. Srivastava has deep experience in scientific programming, numerical modeling and simulation using Matlab and Octave, as well as experience with finite difference and finite element methods for dynamic simulations. He is proficient in Perl, Python and SQL. He has performed design, assembly, programming and interfacing of robotic systems, and is skilled in mechanical design and CAD systems such as SolidWorks.