Dr. Ramesh Bhandari: A Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ramesh Bhandari is currently working as a senior research scientist in  the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, where he has been involved in a number of technical research projects. Most recently, his research focused on propagation of orbital angular momentum (OAM) modes of light in commerical and exploratory new optical fibers, with the aim to augment network traffic flow capacity (a US patent appication under review is most likely to be approved). A previous project involved technical management in the field of quantum computing and information science, more specifically in the esoteric area of quantum characterization, verification, and validation, where Dr. Bhandari proposed a novel (out-of the-box) approach to solve the scaling problem. Earlier, he developed constrained network routing algorithms,  which resulted in a technology transfer and a US patent. 


Prior to joining the current research organization, Dr. Bhandari spent 14 years within the AT&T and Lucent Bell Labs systems (as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Principal Technical Staff Member),  specializing primarily in survivable network design and the development of graph-theoretic diverse routing algorithms for real-life networks; the developed algorithms were widely used internally and externally and culminated in a highly acclaimed monograph, "Survivable Networks: Algorithms for Diverse Routing" (currently with over 800 citations, with algorithms often referred to as the Bhandari's algorithms). The tenure at Bell Labs was preceded by a one year stint at a start-up in Los Angeles, where Dr. Bhandari helped solve the company's pressing problems in the area of synthetic aperture radar imaging, including interpreting an incomprehensible theoretical analysis by the late Nobel Prize winner, Prof. Julian Schwinger, workig then as a company consultant.


Dr. Bhandari obtained a Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics (under late Prof. Lincoln Wolfenstein) from Carnegie-Mellon University. He taught physics and performed research in a number of unversities, including the University of California, Berkeley, before joining industry in 1987. Besides his book (rated at one time as one of the top 20 books to possess in the area of telecommunication sciences), he is the author of 53  papers (including two as an undergraduate) in areas as diverse as special theory of relativity, elementary particle physics, (classical) light scattering, graph-theoretic network modeling and algorithms, quantum information science, and light wave propagation.  A paper in the area of light scattering was specially selected and republished in a special volume (SPIE) of outstanding papers.  Some of the papers in the area of networks were translated into Hungarian. Results of another paper in networks  were made an international standard by the International Telecommunication Union - Telecommunictions (ITU-T).  His research has also been recognized with medal awards. Dr. Bhandari's research work has over 1600 citations.


He has mentored several students, research interns, and coworkers during the course of his career. He has also guided them in research, resulting in original work with publications.


He has also presented several tutorials, including an invited one at an international communication networks conference.


He has more than six years of classroom teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate, and advanced graduate levels at Carnegie-Mellon University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and New Mexico State University.


In his spare time, he likes to play tennis, swim, do yoga, read, watch sports, and engage in intellectual as well as light conversations.