Siddartha Khastgir is an award-winning automotive engineer and an engineering evangelist. Siddartha has been recognised both nationally and internationally for his applied research contributions, including featuring in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe class of 2018 in the Industry list.
A Principal Engineer at The Warwick Manufacturing Group at The University of Warwick and the research lead for Verification & Validation of Connected & Autonomous Vehicle technologies, Siddartha’s research focuses on testing and safe introduction of driverless cars.
A Chartered Engineer, Siddartha is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK. He is UK’s technical representative on International standards (ISO) committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and is a part of the international team of experts working to create strong but practical ISO standards for automated driving. Currently, he is the lead author of a proposed international standard on driverless shuttles/pods.
In 2017, Siddartha was named TechWorks Young Engineer (Under 30) of the Year 2017, UK’s premier award in the tech industry. He was also awarded the ITS UK Young Professional of the Year 2017 by ITS UK for his contributions in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems. His research focus is on testing of driverless cars.
Siddartha is a firm believer in giving back to the engineering profession by inspiring students into engineering, upskilling and re-skilling (young and experienced) engineers. He teaches professional courses for industry on testing of automotive software. He volunteers a large amount of his (free) time for IMechE and was elected as the Chairman of IMechE’s International Young Member Committee (IYMC) (representing over 20,000 IMechE’s international young members) and Member of IMechE Council. He has focussed his activities on increasing digital offerings of professional courses/webinars for young members internationally to help them to upskill themselves
Siddartha is a football enthusiast and an ardent follower of Manchester United F.C. In his spare time, Siddartha likes to read biographies and non-fiction books.