Vijayant Kumar, PhD currently serves as Vice President – Data Science and Engineering at Sentient Science. In this role, Dr. Kumar oversees a team of data scientists and data/software engineers to deliver predictions of early onset of damage and corresponding life extension actions/options for wind turbine gearboxes across >20000 wind turbines globally. Dr. Kumar brings a combination of deep subject matter expertise in wind turbine performance and reliability analytics and proven experience in building and executing solutions that leverage cutting-edge techniques/solutions from statistical learning, distributed sensing and computational modeling domains. Prior to Sentient Science, Dr. Kumar ran his own consulting firm and led multiple initiatives for various clients in the cleantech domain such as predictive and performance analytics for renewable asset performance and reliability, design and deployment of cutting-edge wind and solar analytics platforms, development and execution of first-known cloud-HPC based computational predictive tool for wind energy etc. In addition, Dr. Kumar has continually striven to foster entrepreneurship in cleantech and has previously served as a strategic technology/product advisor to several cleantech start-ups such as Sorian, WindESCO, EverVest and Commonwealth Bay enterprises. Prior to joining the renewable industry in a professional capacity, Dr. Kumar obtained advanced graduate degrees (PhD, MS) and cutting-edge research experience from institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Karlsruhe-Germany and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) -Kanpur.
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