Shankar Padmanabhan is a musician and designer from Vancouver, British Columbia.  He received his B.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, where he specialized in plant science/wood technology with a minor in wildlife biology.  In the summer of 2001, he moved to Berkeley, CA.  For the next year, he studied North Indian Classical music at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in San Rafael.  He returned to Montana in 2002 to attend graduate school specializing in plant eco-physiology.  In early 2004, Shankar moved to Chicago, IL.  For the next 7 years, Shankar worked at the Old Town School of Folk Music as a purchaser/floor manager for the music store and he also taught banjo classes. In addition, Shankar was a co-founder of the Chicago based band, Haywood Yards.  With Shankar playing both banjo and mandolin, Haywood Yards played throughout Chicago and the Midwest, recording three full length albums.  In the summer of 2010, Shankar moved to Doha, Qatar. He is currently working for VCU Arts in Qatar, as the Digital Design, Fabrication, and Print Lab Specialist. In this position he oversees a variety of labs for the Art & Design program at VCU. For more information please click on vcuqfablab.com.