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Half Marathon

posted Mar 16, 2012, 11:56 AM by harish damodaran   [ updated Feb 20, 2013, 9:06 AM ]

Thank You everyone
. Finished my first half marathon. It was one the best experience I have had in my life. An immense feeling of satisfaction and a sense of gratitude towards what I have and achieved. Thank each one of you who visited the website, contributed, remembered me , cheered for me and also those who thought I would not do it. Now that the first one is down I am gearing up for more soon. Check back for more.

I will be participating in my first half marathon this May. At New Jersey Long Branch. Began training since February so far so good. Running is amazing. I loved to run always but mostly sprints did not know long distance running could be so much fun too.

I will be running to raise awareness and funds to Educate Underprivileged Children in India. My aim is to be able to raise 1500$. Help spread the word and raise funds for the cause. All donations are tax exempt.

To donate please click the link on the left. Click on Donate now and follow the instructions on the page. Thank You once again for your donation.

UPDATE: MAY 21st 2012

Photo published in NJIT Winter magazine

posted Feb 15, 2011, 7:42 AM by harish damodaran   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 12:33 PM ]

NJIT Magazine is published regularly by New Jersey Institute of Technology, Office of Strategic Communications. Its mission is to foster ties with alumni, university friends and corporate partners and to report on relevant issues, particularly those in education, science, research and technology. 

The current issue of the magazine can be accessed using this link :

"The Edge" section of the magazine features on the inside back cover. It usually relates to current news.

The issue:

The whole magazine can be read at

Leave your comments about the photo.

Thesis Defense Announcment

posted Nov 30, 2010, 5:16 PM by harish damodaran   [ updated Nov 30, 2010, 5:20 PM ]





Harish Damodaran

Advisor: Dr. Sergei Adamovich.


The primary objective of this research is to design a recreational rehabilitation videogame that interactively encourages purposeful upper extremity gross motor movements. The simulation is also capable of continuous game modification to fit changing therapy goals, to match the needs of the players, and to provide continued motivation while capturing the interactive repetition. This thesis explains the design and features of this latest simulation - Tilt. Tilt uses physics to develop an engaging training experience and provides a realistic approach to virtual reality simulation including friction, elasticity and collisions between objects. It is designed to train upper extremity function as a unit involving multiple modalities simultaneously, either unilaterally or bilaterally.

It is the latest addition to the NJIT Robot Assisted Virtual Rehabilitation (RAVR) system. It employs the Cyber Glove and Flock of Birds systems to interface with the real world. This allows training activities of daily living like making use of fingers, elbow and shoulder to pick, move and place small objects on a table in patients post stroke.


Committee Members:

Dr. Richard Foulds

Mr. Michael Bergen

Dr. Alma Merians



Date: 12/1/2010                                    Time: 10:00 AM                       Location: Fenster Hall 698, NJIT, Newark 07102

BASC Science fair judging

posted Oct 19, 2010, 5:39 PM by harish damodaran   [ updated Oct 19, 2010, 6:34 PM ]

About BASCS and the event-

The Bergen Arts and Science Charter School’s (BASCS) mission is to provide the ideal environment for the intellectual and social development of its students by utilizing a combined effort of students, educators, families, and the community as a whole. 

We believe that an effective and adequate education necessary for the citizens of the future relies heavily on a multidimensional academic curriculum in which all core subjects will be blended together through various teaching methods while promoting the development of a strong character that supports and respects society. We also believe that focusing on an overall high academic achievement includes providing opportunities for individual skills and talents to develop to higher levels. 

BASCS fosters an atmosphere that promotes enthusiasm on the part of BASCS teachers and students alike, through the challenging academic program, interesting co-curricular activities, and positive rewards for success, resulting in students who seek further challenges and have the desire to continue on the educational path.  Our students exhibit the love of learning to the extent of choosing challenging, even competitive academic activities.

It was a great experience to be able to see the involvement and the dedication of school students to science. I am happy I was invited for the program as a judge, it was my first time but certainly not the last. Soon I will be part of the NYC high school science projects group.

Featured on NJIT Press release

posted Jun 12, 2010, 4:55 PM by harish damodaran   [ updated Oct 22, 2010, 7:27 AM ]

Following is the contents of the article featured on NJIT Press release page recently.

NEWARK, Jun 10 2010
From reviving student communities to co-inventing solar water systems, NJIT students aim to get out into the world and make life better for people. Some 11 students who shined the most when it comes to helping others recently were feted at the annual Highlander Student Achievement Awards.  

“People are starting to live up to these awards, by helping their student community and acting completely selfless,” says Joseph Rios. Rios, who works for the dean of students, is the associate director for leadership, diversity and first-year programs. He is a judge of the programs which honored the following individuals.

(ATTENTION EDITORS: Contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436 for photos of students from your hometown areas.)

Paul Rodriguez, of Harrison, received the Outstanding Student Leader Award, for his work with the NJIT chapter of Engineers Without Borders. In Milot, Haiti, a small northern village, Rodriguez helped install some 25 bio-sand filters in 21 homes, two churches and two schools.  He was a co-inventor of the filtration system. He also helped set up a filter production center and taught a dozen Haitian students how to build and install more units. Some 30,000 people live in Milot and ideally there eventually will be 3,500 units, which the group hopes the people will be able to build for themselves. Rodriguez this year has also raised funds for a campus-wide Haitian relief effort. During the recent earthquake, he and others from NJIT talked daily with Haitian nuns and hospital representatives helping to assess building structures.

Jaskirat Sodhi, of Edison, received the graduate Presidential Leadership Award. As president of the Graduate Student Association, Jaskirat reinvigorated the club and made it better known, more organized, and more productive by introducing new programs like feedback sessions for teaching and research assistants, trips to Las Vegas and Lake George, and movie-making contests.

Harish Damodoran, of Harrison, who is the vice president of the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society, was feted for his community service work.  He organized yoga and stress relief workshops for students and faculty and community service events such as a “Smile-O-Meter” campaign in the PATH train stations.

Guarav Bagwe, of Harrison, received an Outstanding Leader Award. As president of the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society, he held regular bone marrow donor drives in conjunction with the club and created and maintained its website.  He also encouraged students to participate in student life.

Katrina Hornstein, of Duluth, MN received the undergraduate Presidential Leadership Award for her work as editor-in-chief of the yearbook, co-captain of the volleyball team, and for being named the top female mechanical engineering student.

This is the second time Ashish Borgaonkar, of Harrison, has won the Outstanding Graduate Class Award. He belongs to several student and science organizations and has published work on chemical environmental matters and the potentials and problems thereof.

Arieta Giokas, of Parsippany, made her mark on campus by winning the Outstanding Freshman Class Award for her work as the freshman class president for the NJIT Student Senate and her work in two sororities and the Hellenic Culture Association.

Vanessa Casteblanco, of South Plainfield, won the Outstanding Sophomore Class Award. She is involved in campus and professional groups. She is known for coordinating weeklong student events (like Freshman Weekend and Week of Winter) and acts as a youth soccer coach and a peer counselor in her hometown.

The winner of the Outstanding Senior Class Award, Salman Naqvi, of Kearny, has several leadership positions in extracurricular activities in between his work tutoring elementary school children as well as college-level physics and calculus, and his scientific research assistant internships.

As the winner of the Outstanding Junior Class Award, Vincent Scarfo of Flanders, is very active in Greek life.

Gricel Robles, of Bloomfield, received an Outstanding Student Staff Award.  He has worked tirelessly at the Campus Center as the assistant director of reservations and conference services and helps the main director with day-to-day operations.

Sameer Govil, of Marlboro, won an Outstanding Student Staff Award for his work at the NJIT Division of Career Development Services since his freshman year, where he was a project manager of career fairs and worked on the logistics and marketing details of the event.

Outstanding student leader award

posted May 24, 2010, 8:04 AM by harish damodaran   [ updated Oct 22, 2010, 7:27 AM ]

I am really glad to announce that I won the outstanding student leader award for the academic year 2009- 2010. It came as a mild shock when I saw the list of 15 nominated candidates neverthless I am really glad my efforts over the past year were recognized. 

                  Outstanding Student Leader Award 2009- 2010   GBMES-  Outstanding Student Group Award 2009 -2010

The awards night had more in store for me apart from the Student leader award. My student Organisation the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society (GBMES) won the Outstanding student group award for 2009- 2010. 

                    GSA Research Day-  Best Academic support Program    With other Award winners and friends

The Best academic support program was won by the GSA - Research Day. I was part of the core organizing comittee for this event. In all it was a wonderful night with 3 awards, and a total of 4 awards for the work I have done over the last one year.
I thank my friends, colleagues and team for their support and wishes. :)

Graduate student representative of the year 2010

posted May 3, 2010, 8:49 AM by harish damodaran   [ updated Aug 30, 2010, 11:58 AM ]

I am so glad to announce that I was nominated for the graduate student representative of the year award. Every department has a student representative on the graduate students council, I have been the representative for Biomedical engineering department for the academic year 2009-2010. The best representative is awarded a commemorative plaque in a ceremony at the end of the year. I am very glad to have won this years award :)
                        Certificate of appreciation on behalf of GSA.  Receiving award from Ashish, GSA VP Administration. 

                          With rest of the award nominees          Wonderful dinner that followed it 

NEBEC 2010

posted Mar 29, 2010, 12:34 PM by harish damodaran   [ updated Dec 11, 2012, 12:30 PM ]

My first Poster presentation as a first author, a rewarding experience. Lot of curious questions were asked, a chance for me to exercise my oratory and presentation skills too. The title of my paper was-  "Examining the Manipulation of the Dynamic Properties of Virtual Objects to Optimize Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Activities ".  I thank everyone who stopped by.

                        With my first poster as a first author
                             During the banquet dinner

Blog Post Coming soon

posted Oct 14, 2009, 8:22 AM by Scott Johnston   [ updated May 10, 2010, 11:51 AM by harish damodaran ]

I would be posting my work on the Virtools game soon. 

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