Manikantesh Kilaru

Manikantesh Kilaru

IT Specialist

Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP)


Room:NQ 294

About Manikantesh Kilaru

Mani joined the Political Science Department in the Spring of 2016. He is the IT Specialist for the Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP) Team, which is part of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs.

The VSTOP team advises the Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Election Commission on the certification of voting machines and electronic poll books in Indiana. VSTOP helped pioneer first-in-the-nation legislation authorizing the certification and testing of electronic poll books before they are permitted to be used in elections in Indiana. The project also entails the creation of a database containing all voting machines used in Indiana as well as reports on the best practices for operation of election equipment and for poll worker training.

Mani is an innovative software engineer with six years of experience in the full software development lifecycle. He is an expert in advanced development methodologies tools and processes and known for his excellent troubleshooting abilities. He is skilled at analyzing code and engineers well-researched, cost-effective and responsive solutions.


Professional Experience

  • Ball State University: IT Specialist, VSTOP, (2016-Present)
  • Ball State University: Graduate Assistant, (2014-2015)
  • Ebix former PB Systems India Pvt Ltd: Application Developer, (2013-2014)



  • M.S.     Computer Science     Ball State University

  • B.S.     Technology Computer Science     PVP Siddhartha Institute of Technology, JNTUK, India



  • Successfully completed the MongoDB Training (2018)

  • Salesforce CRM Dev 401 Certified (2013)