Gopa & Purna Patnaik

Gopa Patnaik is an academic counselor at Rosemont College, San Diego.

Dr. Purna Patnaik is an environmental scientist with Maxwell Technologies, the past president of The San Diego Indian American Society and the current Treasurer for the Center for World Music.

Purna is currently COO of Global Analytics. Over his 30 year career, he has led numerous projects involving large datasets and analytical systems. He specialized in mathematical modeling and fluid mechanics, including geothermal reservoir modeling, weapon effects, modeling of fluidized beds, high-speed combustor flows, flow around submerged bodies, flow over complex terrain, spill and safety studies of heavier-than-air gases, dispersion of air-borne pollutants, and flow in porous media.

Also, Purna was a member of the design team for the successful Stars & Stripes America's Cup effort that brought the Cup back to the US. Purna has a B.Tech degree from IIT, Kharagpur (India) and an M.S and Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published over 80 articles in technical journals and proceedings.

Their daughters are students of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and Manoranjan Pradhan of Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

Laboni, Shivani, and Shalni Patnaik

Dr. Purna and Mrs. Patnaik can be reached by email at

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