Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam recently joined the faculty in the Building Technology and Construction Management division of the Civil engineering department at IIT-Madras - one of India's premier educational insitutes. Ashwin received his B.Tech in Civil engineering from IIT-Madras and then proceeded to Stanford University for a Masters in Construction Engineering and Management. He then helped start up an internet based company in the USA called All Star Fleet, aimed at providing asset management services for construction companies. Following this he returned to Stanford University to pursue a PhD in the area of Infrastructure Project Management. His doctoral thesis work was on understanding and mitigating unintended costs due to cultural differencs in the design and construction phases of infrastructure projects that involve international participation. Ashwin's current research interests are in the areas of Infrastructure planning and management, risk assessment and allocation, mechanisms for shaping successful infrastructure projects and Cross-cultural issues on global infrastructure projects; He also does a lot of work in the areas of sustainability and social entrepreneurship.