Meet an Engineer: Lavanya Bhadriraju 

Lavanya Bhadriraju is one of the engineers who solves real world problems with the latest technologies.

This prolific Bengaluru-based innovator’s work on Spyder thermostats has earned her five U.S. patents. Known for programmable flexibility, the technology behind them is used to control heating and cooling buildings in a wide variety of buildings.

After 18 years at Honeywell, she really understands what it takes to make new ideas a reality and is excited to learn about the next generation of software technologies.

We wanted to find out what inspires her.

What do you do? 
Works on next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that helps building owners and occupants to ensure their facilities are safe, comfortable and energy efficient.

What are you most proud of?
My work on the programming tool for Honeywell’s Spyder® controllers. These controllers offer flexible programming and adapts to air-handling needs in buildings, while saving on installation, programming and servicing time. They simply adapt to the needs of the contractor, and almost any piece of equipment can be used with Spyder.

What is innovation?
Innovation is nothing but solutions that use technologies to solve everyday problems. I’ve always been fascinated by the world around me, watching and understanding how things work. For me, inspiration to innovate comes from watching people on my way to work, reading, researching, my family, friends, colleagues and by just talking to people every day. 

What are the barriers to innovation?
Finding the time to sit with an idea, research it, and build it further to make it something that people will want to use easily, every day. We all have great ideas, but that’s not enough. We need to be able to build it further. As engineers, the choice is always ours to do some good and help our society improve using technology. We are the change agents who can come up with solutions that make a difference.

What excites you about working in engineering?
I find the Internet of Things fascinating and how it can change people’s lives at home and work. At the moment, I am excited about working on the next generation of software technologies that helps building owners and occupants to ensure their facilities are safe and comfortable. Imagine a world that can be connected seamlessly from your phone. These possibilities get me excited every single day.

What do you do when you're not at work?
I love spending time with my family and especially my four-year-old son, teaching him simple concepts in science. He is naturally curious and keeps me in check.