Meet the Team

Dr. Sanjeev Ranganathan

Dr. Sanjeev Ranganathan received his PhD from Columbia University in Electronics. He is the recipient of the Lewis Winner award for best paper at ISSCC. He also volunteered for Asha for Education in various capacities and interacted with over a 100 NGOs in India working on education. He has worked at Silicon Labs, NXP, ST-Ericsson, Aura Semiconductor and has built chips used by over a billion people.  Sanjeev is passionate about developing critical thinking skills with children and in helping them learn and connect with themselves.

Since Jun 2013 he has been working with children in Udavi School and Isai Ambalam School, both outreach schools of Auroville. In Jan 2015 he founded Aura Auro Design along with engineering graduates in and around Auroville and in Sep 2015 with them established STEM Land (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Land) a space of learning for children and adults. He also conducts electronics classes to anyone interested and here is more information of the current program conducted at STEM Land.

For the really curious, here is his resume, a note on volunteering.

Sanjeev maintains a person blog and of his experiences with working with children at


The Year 2017-2018, Progress occurred in various aspects. I am able to notice a vast change in my inner being, and abilities as well.I have realized that happiness is something special that I create within me, and this emanates in all things that I do, and participate small or large. Supporting children in their growth and seeing them accomplish their goals gives a huge sense of awe, and responsibility. As a learner and technologist I have gained the confidence to support my fellow colleagues and learned from the team as a whole, this has made my knowledge rich and diversified. Each member of the team has a unique set of universal values, skills and accountability, and seeing them engaged with commitment gives me an adrenaline drive to progress towards perfection along by their sides. I have shared many moments of inspiration and clarity that remain special to me. There has been a lot of new experiences in courses that were conducted and seeing new people join the team, and fellow ones progress and search towards their new goals, attachment has become something I have realized that needs to be let go, in order togo with the present flow of things being put forward for a higher purpose.

I am privileged to be at the place of most potential were I own the opportunity to learn, grow, work and support others in their learning’s.

Research has given me the curiosity to think beyond what I could have imagined it would be, to get down to details and provide clarity on what is that has made me all this change in me and bring it out to others to experience.

Arun Iyyanarappan

To contribute to my community through teaching and learning along with the children is something special. After joining Aura Auro Design my critical thinking and engineering skills have improved. I have learnt programming languages and mathematics well through engineering and teaching children at the same time.

Apart learning to be professional I have learnt to discover myself through stewardship for new emergence workshop. It is always hard to find the right balance in life. Working with the children and being the change I wish to see found me the right balance to be part of this team.

Stewardship for new emergence tools helped me to work from possibility and make choices for my happiness and others.

I am a B.Tech Graduate in the field of Electronics and
Communication. I see Aura Auro Design as place of growth . I
am proud and happy to be a part of Aura Auro Design. I have
learnt alot from the team and learning something new each day.

The first time when I came to STEM land in Udavi school I felt that learning has no end. I also learnt that age doesn’t matter when I am open to learn from anyone. As an engineer I couldn’t do anything that children could do in STEM land. I felt that I have wasted 4 years in college and stared working on what I wanted to accomplish. I got inspired by the childrenand facilitators who were doing a huge change in education. I started coming to STEM land to learn programming and electronics from scratch. Being part of STEM land AuraAuro Design makes to grow in different ways like a better teacher, engineer and researcher. I am happy to now be part of STEM land.


I completed B.E in the stream of computer science Engineering. STEM Land and all the activities in STEM were new for me. I learned lot of things from children such as printing 3D models, Alice, Scratch, Geogebra, Goanimate, Puzzles etc., and I’m learning rubiks cube now. STEM land provides a space to cover what ever I have missed to learn in the past and visualize concepts. I learned to value my time and others. I am exposed to different opportunities (eg., Stewardship for new emergence, Vipassana) through STEM Land AAD to make myself whole, both technically and as a being. I have learned to come out of my comfort zone to explore new things and as a result I’m learning electronics. I’m grateful to each individuals in our team for supporting me to learn and grow.

I completed graduate in the field of electronics and Communication. Being a part of Aura Auro Design makes me as a complete being and opens new possibility in my career. I am learning new things every day from my team.



It feels happy to be a part of STEMland-Aura Auro Design. As the slogan of Aura Auro Design says learn, grow, work, teach I learn from my team and children, I grow along with my team, I work with the team and I teach and learn from students. It is incomplete even if one of the term is missing. I not only learnt technical aspects, also learnt some tools from the Stewardship for new emergence which are really important in life.

Saranya B                                                                                                                     

After completing my B.E. in ECE in Chennai I feel I have come to the correct place to learn, grow and explore my skills. I came to STEM Land to learn electronics. From my first day till today I continuously learning something new which I didn’t know before. I learned lot of things from children such as Scratch, Geogebra, Goanimate etc. and I am getting an opportunity to share my experience with children with other teachers. I have also found the Stewardship tools we practice at the workplace grounds me in my stand. The opportunity to attend Vipassana helps me live differently. I am very proud and happy to be part of STEM Land.

Past long term volunteers and employees

Vaidegi GVaidegi

I am a B.Tech graduate in the stream of electronics & communication and enjoy working in teams. I found out what i like doing best & get someone to pay me for doing that in the form of Aura Auro Design.



Bala Anand T

Aura Auro has provided a space for me to learn, grow and explore myself. I have progressed and become more efficient and efficacious at work(writing scripts and automating code). I also really care about the work I do in the schools and the contribution I do to the society.




Pranav worked with Google and volunteered with STEM land for 4 months. Here is an interview with him.
TEAM – 2016
From left: Sundar,Naveen,Arun,Vaidegi,Sanjeev,Bala
TEAM – 2017

Poovizhi, Sundar, Arun, Pratap, Sanjeev, Vaidegi, Naveen, Bala
TEAM – 2018
 Logeshwari, Bala, Arun, Saranya, Pratap, Sanjeev, Naveen, Sundar, Poovizhi,

March – 2018

Poovizhi,Ranjith,Arun,Logeshwari,Sanjeev,Pratap,Sundar,Saranya and Naveen

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