Mitra Purandare received her Bachelor of Engineering (Instrumentation and Control Engineering) in 2000 from Government College of Engineering Pune, Pune, India. She received her M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA in 2003. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 2010.
From 2000-2001, she was a VLSI Design Engineer in NitAl Computer Systems Pvt. Ltd., Pune, India. From 2001-2003, she was a Research Assistant in the Verification Interacting with Synthesis (VIS) group in the VLSI department at University of Colorado Boulder. From 2003-2006, she was a Product Manager at Powai Labs technology Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India where she worked on an FPGA-based simulation accelerator for VHDL and Verilog designs. From 2010-2013, she was a Post-doctoral researcher in the Systems Department, IBM Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland. She works as a research staff memeber since 2013.