Mukul R. Kulkarni is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park studying under the guidance of Dana Dachman-Soled. He received his MTech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay in 2014, after graduating as BE from University of Pune. He served as SAP-BASIS consultant for Accenture between 2009 to 2011, during which he was awarded several professional accolades. His research interests involve Cryptography, Public-Key Cryptography, and Oblivious RAMs. Kulkarni was also an integral member of the Scilab team for FOSSEE project at IIT Bombay, which aims to improve the quality of instruction and learning in India. In addition to his research, he has actively participated in variety of cultural activities as leading team member. He enjoys playing soccer and writing. Kulkarni has also completed a diploma in German language. He is inspired by prospects in educational research related to free and open-source software, as well as MOOCs.