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Subhash Khot
Subhash Khot ('99),an Indian-American theoretical computer scientist, best known for his "Unique Games Conjecture", has received the prestigious National Science Foundation's (NSF) $500,000 Alan T. Waterman Award for tackling some of the most challenging computational problems.
Technology
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Kal Penn
Kalpen Suresh Modi best known by his stage name Kal Penn, is an American film and television actor, producer, and civil servant and a son of Gujarati immigrants. As an actor, he is known for his roles in the television program House and Harold and Kumar comedy films. He also played a major role in the film The Namesake. Penn has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania as a visiting lecturer in the Cinema Studies Program. For a brief period during 209-2010 her served in the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Entertainment
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Rudresh Mahanthappa is a New York-based jazz alto saxophonist and composer.Rudresh Mahanthappa's prolific contributions to contemporary jazz have earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, commissions to create new work from the likes of the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, Chamber Music America and the American Composers Forum, and a win in the 2011 Downbeat international Critics Poll. The Jazz Journalists Association has named him Alto Saxophonist of the Year three consecutive times from 2009-2011.
Art
Narinder Singh Kapany
Narinder Singh Kapany is an Indian born American physicist known for his work in fiber optics. He was named as one of the seven ‘Unsung Heroes’ by Fortune magazine in their ‘Businessmen of the Century’ issue (1999-11-22).
Science
Sunita Lyn Williams
Sunita Lyn Williams is the second American woman astronaut with Indian roots, to be selected for a space mission by the NASA. In 2003, Williams was appointed, along with two others, to serve as back-up crew for the international space station expedition.
Science
Dr. Sudhir Parikh
Sudhir M. Parikh, M.D., is one of the most honored Indian Americans. He is the only Indian American to receive all three of the most prestigious awards – The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman and the Padma Shri.
Medicine
Gunjan Bagla
Gunjan Bagla is an Indian-American author, blogger, businessman, and public speaker. He is the founder and managing director of Amritt Ventures,and a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs. His articles appear in Dataquest, Daily Variety, Businessworld, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and other publications in the United States and India. His book Doing Business in 21st Century India was published in 2008.
Management
Aravind Krishna Joshi
Aravind Krishna Joshi is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science in the computer science department of the University of Pennsylvania. Joshi defined the tree-adjoining grammar formalism which is often used in computational linguistics and natural language processing.
Academics
Srinivasa Varadhan
Sathamangalam Ranga Iyengar Srinivasa Varadhan FRS is an Indian-born American mathematician from Chennai.Varadhan's awards and honours include the National Medal of Science (2010) from President Barack Obama,the Birkhoff Prize (1994), the Margaret and Herman Sokol Award of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University (1995), and the Leroy P. Steele Prize (1996) from the American Mathematical Society, the Abel Prize in 2007 and in 2008, the government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan. He also has two honorary degrees from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris (2003) and from Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India (2004).
Science
Krish Dhanam
Krish Dhanam is a recognized expert in the field of human engineering and human development. He is the author of ‘The American Dream from an Indian Heart’ and contributing author to ‘Top Performance’ written by Zig Ziglar. His current assignments include functioning as Vice President of Consulting and Business Development for Ziglar True Performance and Co-founder of Krish Dhanam Training International.
Management
Anita Desai
Anita Mazumdar Desai (born 24 June 1937) is an Indian novelist and Emeritus John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1978 for her novel, Fire on the Mountain.
Literature
Pankaj Ghemawat
Pankaj Ghemawat is an economist, global strategist, speaker and author.After a stint at McKinsey & Company, he spent 25 years on the full-time faculty at Harvard Business School, where, in 1991, he was appointed the youngest full professor in the school’s history.
Economics
Soumitra Dutta
Soumitra Dutta is an author, academic, and businessman. He is currently the Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Business and Technology and Professor of Business and Technology at INSEAD, and on July 1, 2012, he will become the 11th dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Academics
K. R. Sridhar, founder and CEO of Bloom Energy.
Sridhar predicts that a $3000 box could be in every home within the next five to ten years
Technology
Lakshmi Narayanan
Lakshmi Narayanan is the vice chairman and ex-CEO of Cognizant. He was the CEO and president of Cognizant until 2006. He has played a leading role in the global information technology industry for more than 25 years, managing divisions and business units in Europe, India and the United States
Management
Dipak C. Jain
Dipak C. Jain is the current dean of INSEAD and the former dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Management
Ashok Amritraj
Ashok Amritraj is an Indian American film producer, former tour professional tennis player, and chairman of Hyde Park Entertainment, which has produced over 100 films, including Hollywood films such as Antitrust, Walking Tall, and Bringing Down the House, which starred Steve Martin and Queen Latifah and Tamil film Jeans. Among his upcoming movies are projects based on Lee Falk's comic strip characters Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom
Entertainment
Subhash Khot
Subhash Khot ('99),an Indian-American theoretical computer scientist, best known for his "Unique Games Conjecture", has received the prestigious National Science Foundation's (NSF) $500,000 Alan T. Waterman Award for tackling some of the most challenging computational problems.
Technology
Padmalakshmi
Padma Parvati Lakshmi is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and television host. Her cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.
Entertainment
Jamshed Barucha
Jamshed Bharucha is President of Cooper Union.Prior to this, he was Provost and Senior Vice President of Tufts University and Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Music and in the Medical School's Department of Neuroscience. Prior to Tufts he was the John Wentworth Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth College, where he received the Huntington Teaching Award.
Science
K. R. Sridhar
K. R. Sridhar (born c. 1960) is the founder and CEO of Bloom Energy. Before that, he was the director of the Space Technologies Laboratory at the University of Arizona where he was also professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Bloom Energy has launched a new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly fuel cell known as the Bloom Box in which Natural gas and oxygen are run through a stack of cells to produce electricity
Technology
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