IITians are renowned all over the world for their brilliant technical minds and exceptional skills which remain incompatible with their global counterparts. If you take (take with a grain of salt idiom synonym) a look at some of the outstanding business schools or companies in the U.S., you will find IITians at the topmost position. Mentioned below are the most prominent IITians-
1. Soumitra Dutta (IIT-Delhi)
Soumitra Dutta, a 48 year old Indian American is the Dean of Cornell University’s Management School, since July 1, 2012. He was the Professor of Business and Technology at INSEAD.
According to Dutta, “The IIT system is about the best people” and “While the professors and faculty members, who helped in creating the foundation for research, innovation and entrepreneurship, remain an important part of my life, the competition with peers always motivated me to do better.”
Even though Sumitra has been outside his native for more than 22 years he does not have a Western accent nor does he have the famous European indifference.”I strongly hold on to two things that I brought with me from India: respecting diversity and the importance of family values,” he says.
2. Dipchand “Deep” Nishar (IIT-Kharagpur)
Dipchand “Deep” Nishar, Senior Vice President of Products and User Experience at LinkedIn, was recently in news for emerging as one of the top paid managers at LinkedIn.
Deepak previously worked for Google, as the Senior Director of Product Management, handling product development in the Asia-Pacific region. He left the organization in the year 2008 and joined LinkedIn as the vice president of product strategy. On his appointment, Kay Luo, a spokesperson for the company said, “We wanted to find someone who knows how to build a large organization, but also has an entrepreneurial background,”
Nishar holds 3 patents and was also honoured with the Google Founders Award for his work on the Google Ads System Automation.
3. Vinod Khosla (IIT – Delhi)
Vinod Khosla is a business enterprise entrepreneur and influential personality in Silicon Valley, who is one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems who worked as its first CEO and Chairman. He came up with his own firm Khosla Ventures in the year 2004 and is currently heading it. According to Forbes he is a rare Silicon Valley venture capitalist who has the potential to produce profits from a clean tech portfolio.
With a net worth $1.3 billion, Khosla came fourth in Forbes list of Indian American Billionaires for the current year, 2012
4. Nikesh Arora (IIT-Varanasi)
Nikesh is the Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Google, who is the second most paid employee of the firm. Arora, who is with Google for the past many years, has been successful in building the European operations of the company into a significant one. He was appointed to the post of global ad sales boss in the year 2009.
Prior to joining Google, Arora served as the chief marketing officer and a member of the management board at T-Mobile. He has also worked for Deutsche Telekom, Putnam Investments, and Fidelity Investments.
5. Pradeep K. Khosla (IIT- Kharagpur)
Pradeep K. Khosla, the dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) engineering college has been appointed as the 8th chancellor of University of California by Mark G. Yudof, UC president.
Khosla has been serving CMU as the dean for the last eight years and during his tenure he started curriculum reform, diversity efforts and organized multidisciplinary and multi-college research centers as well as international programmes. He has also extended a helping hand in the fund raising campaigns of the university such as for the establishment of a university wide energy institute (worth $100 million) and campaign for a 100,000 square foot College of Engineering building for biotech, energy and nanotechnology (worth $90 million).
“I feel fortunate, humbled and energised to have the opportunity to contribute to that excellence while embracing the challenges of integrating world-class research with an undergraduate educational experience that will remain accessible to all, regardless of family income’’, said Khosla in a statement.
6. Romesh Wadwani (IIT-Bombay)
Romesh Wadwani is the chairman and CEO of Symphony Technology Group, a Silicon Valley-based private equity firm. According to a survey by Forbes, he is the richest Indian American, with a net worth of 2 billion dollars.
Wadhwani, who is the founder of Symphony Technology Group, has been successful in raising the revenue of the company to $2.5 billion. With his leadership and management experience he has taken the company to greater heights in the technology industry with a total employee count of 15,000 in less than a decade. This California based company specializes in acquisition, growth capital, and turnaround transactions.
7. Ajit Jain (IIT – Kharagpur)
Ajit is the leader of the multi-billion dollar Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group, who is supposed to be one of the possible successor to Buffett. He has been a part of this group since the year 1986 and according to Buffet, Jain is irreplaceable, ‘’he is needed, and we won’t find a substitute for him.”This successful leader has made a big name for himself in the world of investment with his hard work and determination.
8. Bharat Desai (IIT-Bombay)
Bharat Desai is the co-founder and Chairman of Syntel, an outsourcing company headquartered in Michigan.
Desai founded Syntel in 1980 and in the year 1997, the company went public, which presently has around 17,600 employees and annual revenues more than $532 million.
Earlier Desai was rated among “eight self-made stars who have built tidy empires in an array of industries”, by Forbes. He was also recognized as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the University of Michigan, USA Today and NASDAQ and the Harvard Business School awarded him with the ‘Michigan Entrepreneur Award’.
9. Rakesh Sachdev (IIT-Delhi)
Rakesh Sachdev is the president and CEO of Sigma-Aldrich Corp, a life science and high technology company with its headquarters in Missouri.
Sachdev who joined Sigma-Aldrich as the Chief Financial officer has more than 25 years of experience in the corporate world. He took charge as the CEO of the company two years before in the year 2010, after the sudden death of Jai Nagarkatti, the then CEO of the company.
Sachdev took the company forward by getting his employees focused on providing assistance and better services to its employees.
10. Amit Singhal (IIT-Roorke)
Singhal is a top ranking software engineer in Google who was honoured with the title ‘Google Fellow’ (a title meant for most talented engineers) for his work on Google’s Algorithm.
Singhal joined Google in the year 2000 after leaving his post as a researcher at AT&T Labs (the former Bell Labs).He leads the core ranking team of Google and works to better up the accuracy, speed, and thoroughness of Google search.
He was named in the list of smartest people in tech by Fortune and India Abroad recognized him as one of 50 most influential Indian Americans.