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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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Kamala Devi Harris
Kamala Devi Harris is an Indian American attorney. She is the 32nd and current Attorney General of California following the 2010 California state elections. Harris has worked as an author and a politician and has served as District Attorney of San Francisco since 2004.
Law
Vinod Khosla an influential personality in Silicon Valley
Khosla was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems, where he served as its first CEO and Chairman in the early 1980s.
Technology
Nina Davuluri
Nina Davuluri (born April 20, 1989) is Miss New York 2013, Miss America 2014, and the first Indian American to be chosen as Miss America.
Entertainment
Shantanu Narayen
Shantanu Narayen is the current CEO of Adobe Systems. Prior to this post, he held the role as the President and Chief Operating Officer since 2005.
Business
Mani Lal Bhaumik
Mani Lal Bhaumik is an Indian-born American physicist. He is a bestselling author,lecturer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
Technology
Vijay Govindarajan
Vijay Govindarajan, known as VG, is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business at the Tuck School of Business and founding director of Tuck's Center for Global Leadership. He is also the faculty co-director for Global Leadership 2020. Govindarajan is a prolific writer and keynote speaker.
Economics
Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar
Shreeram Shankar Abhyankar is an Indian mathematician known for his contributions to algebraic geometry. He currently holds the Marshall distinguished professor of mathematics chair at Purdue University. He is known for Abhyankar's conjecture of finite group theory.
Science
Divya Narendra
Divya Narendra is an American businessman. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of SumZero. He also co-founded HarvardConnection (currently known as ConnectU) with Harvard classmates Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss.
Business
Pranav Mistry, Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab, Inventor of SixthSense
Pranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data.
Technology
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee is an Indian-born American physician, scientist and writer. He authored the 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction 2011 and was described, by TIME magazine, as one of the 100 most influential books of the last 100 years. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and staff physician at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.
Medicine
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
Vinod Dham
Vinod Dham is an inventor, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is popularly known as the Father of the Pentium chip. He sits on the boards of many companies including promising startups funded through his India based fund – Indo US Venture Partners,where he is the founding Managing Director.
Technology
M. Night Shyamalan
Manoj Shyamalan known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-born American screenwriter, film director, and producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that climax with a twist ending. Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999's The Sixth Sense, which was a commercial success and later nominated for six Academy Awards. HE later followed it up with Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008) and The Last Airbender (2010).
Entertainment
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
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
Balamurali Ambati
Balamurali Ambati is a Tamil-American ophthalmologist, educator, and researcher, currently working at the University of Utah. In 1995, he entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's youngest doctor, at the age of seventeen
Medicine
C.K. Prahalad
Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad(8 August 1941 – 16 April 2010)was the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in the University of Michigan. He is a co-author of "Core Competence of the Corporation" and "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid".On April 16, 2010, Prahalad died in San Diego, California.He was sixty-eight at the time of his death, but he left a large body of work behind.
Academics
Geeta Menon
Geeta Menon is the 11th Dean of the Undergraduate College at New York University Stern School of Business and the Abraham Krasnoff Professor of Global Business. She has been a member of NYU Stern’s Marketing Faculty since 1990, where she served as Department Chair from 2004 to 2008
Management
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
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
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