Dr. Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan(Shan)
Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan (Shan) is the Vice Chancellor of the Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies and a Harvard trained Scientist who received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Rutgers/NJIT. From an early age Shan believed that learning is most effective when we are mindful, which supports being peaceful, aware and discerning.
Based on his intuitive knowledge, Shan has acquired an understanding of how consciousness-based axioms, can be utilized as a basis for fundamental physics concepts. Thus he explores adding new dimensions to existing scientific views, aiming at shifting the purely mechanistic Cartesian view of reality toward a consciousness and experience-based one.
Shan is also the Vice President of international research, a scientific advisor and head of the Indian Medicine, Sciences and Culture Division (IMSCD) at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE-Harvard). Furthermore, he is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of two peer reviewed international journals and serves in the Editorial board of eight other International journals.
He also serves as the Board Member for American Association of Ayurvedic Physicians (AAAP) as well as a member of the Scientific Committee in the Integrating Spirituality with Organizational Leadership (ISOL) Foundation. He is also founding member of SKY-USA, a non-profit organization which has branches all over the United States.
Shan has published his research work in several international journals and books. He received the Aryabhatta award for his research in Ayurveda, the ISOL community program award for indigenous Knowledge and Culture, the ‘Star of the Universe’ award from the Society of Universal oneness for taking initiatives to bridging the gap between Ancient and Modern Science and the ‘Real Hero’ from the Youth Foundation in India for his outstanding contribution to Education. Shan is a scientist, author, editor, poet, farmer and a loving husband and father to his two little children.