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Faculty to Discuss Innovation and Incubation at IIT Madras

Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi

The IIT Madras delegation consisting of two-member team led by Director, Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi and Dr. Ram Nagarajan, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and the Faculty Advisor, Office of Alumni Affairs will be visiting Houston on June 18 and 19, 2012.

The Team will be meeting with IIT Madras Alumni of North America (IITMAANA) and IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH) members on June 18th evening to communicate “IITM Vision and Plans” to the alumni and solicit their input and support. This meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM on Monday, June 18, 2012 at Mayuri Restaurant at 5857 Westheimer.

On June 19th, at the Luncheon meeting in collaboration with the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi plans to address the business and entrepreneur community about the recent successes of IIT Madras innovation and incubation initiatives and seek their potential collaboration and partnership. This gathering will take place at Narin’s Bombay Brasserie , 3115 West Loop South, Suite 110; Houston TX 77027 on Tuesday June 19, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Later in the afternoon, at the “Academic and Research Collaboration” session, the Team plans to communicate IITM academic collaboration initiatives with the Deans and Faculties of Rice University, University of Houston, University of Texas, and Texas A& M University and solicit their active participation.

Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi got his B.Tech in Electronics from IIT Madras in 1980, and his M.S. and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in 1982 and 1985 respectively. After working at AT&T Bell Laboratories for a couple of years, he joined the faculty of IIT Madras, his alma mater, in 1986.  He took over as Director, IIT Madras in September 2011.

Dr. Ram Nagarajan

Dr. Ram Nagarajan obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University in 1986 and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from the IIT Madras. Prior to taking up this academic position in 2004, Dr. Nagarajan was a world-renowned expert in the areas of chemical integration and contamination control during his 15-year tenure with IBM Storage Systems Division in San Jose, California.

The IITM delegation is visiting seven cities – New York, Boston, Lafayette (IN), Washington D. C., Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, and Houston from June 11-20, 2012. The delegation will share the success and achievements of the recently completed Vision 2010 and present new goals and challenges as part of the Vision 2020 plan. IIT Madras, IITMAANA, and IITAGH invite alumni participation in engaging with the Institute to help achieve some of these goals.

The IITMAANA, established in 1980, is a US based non-profit alumni organization that serves the needs of IIT Madras and her alumni in North America region. The Houston Chapter is actively pursuing Prof. S. Sampath Endowment Chair Fund Raising, the first of its kind “to honor the Professors who have made profound impact on the students during their days at IITM and beyond in a sustainable way”.

The IITAGH, established in 2004, IITAGH is a non-profit organization that was created to meet three goals: to promote professional growth of its members;  to provide a social network for IIT alumni and their family members to swiftly assimilate into the Houston community, and to give back to the local community.

The Team’s visit is locally coordinated by Mr. Mallik Putcha, and Dr. Subba Viswanathan, Founding President and Director respectively of IITMAANA, and supported by Mr. Witty Bindra, President of IITAGH. Mr. Ajit Thakur and Mr. Jagdip Ahluwalia, President and Executive Director respectively of IACCGH have supported the business and entrepreneur session. Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorthi, Chairman and Professor of Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering, University of Houston, Dr. Chandrika Rajagopal, Program and Advancement Coordinator, Center for Teaching Excellence, A&M have coordinated the Academic session.

For registration for the events, please visit http://www.iitagh.org


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