Prof. Deshpande holds a PhD degree in engineering and technology and has over four decades of research and development experience and has over 140 journal publications. Prof. Deshpande has a passion and mission to propagate the use of fuzzy logic nationally and internationally. At present, his all doctoral students work only on fuzzy logic related topics. Prof. Deshpande is the founding chair of Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)-Special Interest Group (SIG)-Environment Management Systems (EMS). He was the Deputy Director at National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)/CSIR, India. He was visiting/guest/adjunct professor at University of Canberra, Australia, University of British Columbia (Kelwona Unit), Canada, Essen University, Germany, University of California, Berkeley, USA, and NIT Silchar and College of Engineering (COEP) Pune. In the past, Dr. Deshpande was WHO Adviser, Commonwealth Science Council Resource Scientist, World Bank Project Director for the studies on Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Chemical Process industry; also assisted Danish International Development Authority (DANIDA) as a Project Advisor. He has delivered many invited talks in various universities including University of Maryland, Harvard University, Hope University, University of Aberdeen, University of Newcastle, University of New South Wales, Essen University, Notre Dame University, Tijuana University to name a few. Prof. Deshpande is deeply interested in Indian classical music.