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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
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
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
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
Subra Suresh
Subra Suresh, an Indian-American Madras alumnus and academician of Indian Institutes of Technology, was inducted as National Science Foundation’s director.
Science
Sonal R. Shah
Sonal R. Shah is an American economist and public official. Since April 2009, she has been serving as the Director of the new Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House.Previously, Shah was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project and was the head of Global Development Initiatives, a philanthropic arm of Google
Politics
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
Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program—Fareed Zakaria GPS, Editor at Large of TIME, a Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author. He was described in 1999 by Esquire Magazine as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” In 2010, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers.Since 2008, he has hosted Fareed Zakaria GPS, which airs Sundays worldwide on CNN.
Journalism
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
Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors, Mrs. Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of U.S.-China Business Council, The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Peterson Institute for International Economics and Tsinghua University. She is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, Successor Fellow of Yale Corporation and was appointed to the U.S.-India CEO Forum by the Obama Administration.
Business
Vivek Wadhwa
Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.
Academics
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
Anupy Singla
Anupy Singla is an award-winning journalist turned foodie turned author and she is the author of Amazon.com's top-selling Indian cookbook "The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes"
Entertainment
Dinesh Sharma
Dinesh Sharma, PhD, is a cultural psychologist and marketing consultant with a doctorate from Harvard University. He is a columnist for Asia Times Online. He is also a senior fellow at the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology at St. Francis College, NY. He is the author/editor of three books and many peer-reviewed articles.His book 'Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia' has figured into the top 10 listing compiled by BookListOnline, the American Library Association.
Management
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
Sri Srinivasan
Srikanth Sri Srinivasan is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 97–0 on May 23, 2013. Prior to being confirmed as a judge he was the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States and he has argued 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and was also a lecturer at Harvard Law School.
Politics
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
Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine and a prolific author of more than sixty-four books, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers. His book Peace Is the Way received the prestigious Religions and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and The Book of Secrets was awarded the grand prize at the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards. His latest book is War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality
Management
Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He serves as lead advisor for the WHO's Safe Surgery Saves Lives program. He is also founder and chairman of Lifebox, an international not-for-profit implementing systems and technologies to reduce surgical deaths globally. He has written three New York Times bestselling books: Complications (2002); Better (2007) and The Checklist Manifesto. He has won two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, a MacArthur Award, and selection by Foreign Policy Magazine and TIME magazine as one of the world’s top 100 influential thinkers.
Medicine
Vikram Shankar Pandit
Vikram Shankar Pandit is an Indian-born American business executive. He is widely known as the CEO of Citigroup, a position he has held since Dec 2007. He holds a B.S & M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, followed by an M.B.A & Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia Business School.
Business
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