Makarand Karanjkar, a US based technocrat for nine years has taken over as Chief Technology Officer of UFO International Pvt. Ltd. UFO, part of the Apollo Group, is the worlds largest digital satellite cinema network founded by Sanjay Gaikwad and is all poised to spread its wings globally through its arm, UFO International.
Makarand Karanjkar, hailing from Pune, joined Dolby Laboratories; San Francisco in 2001 and rose to become Senior Project Engineer in 2005. He brings with him profound knowledge and overall experience of fifteen years in embedded system software design and development. He was part of the core committee of Dolby, instrumental in recommending standards for Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) in US and was part of the team that deployed D ? Cinema theaters in more than 400 sites across the world.
Sanjay Gaikwad, Founder CEO, says, ?We welcome Makarand on board and are very happy to have him to hold the technology front of our international operations. We count on his vast and varied experience to help us take UFO Moviez to a higher level.?
?It?s nice to be back in your own country with a treasury of knowledge and exposure to the world. UFO?s digital satellite technology has already made many in the world film industry sit up in the chair and I look forward to accomplish this challenging task of constantly refining it and take it to global parameters?, says Makarand.
Makarand played a key role in managing exclusive playback on Dolby cinema servers for Chicken Little Run, the first 3 - D movie by Disney. The other two achievements to his credit include his contribution to first widely deployed digital cinema, Incredible and George Lucas? Star Wars series, which conducted several premiers across Europe on Dolby system.
Upon completing his B.E. in electronics engineering from Pune University, he acquired M. S. in computer engineering from Santa Clara University. He worked with companies like Cirrus Logic Inc., Fremont and Sun Microsystems, Menlo Park as Firmware Engineer and Software Engineer respectively. Makarand has also filed two patents related to digital cinema for Dolby in USA.