Sabyasachi Bhattacharya has been the Director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) since November 2002. He earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Chicago, and went on to work for the University of Rhode Island, MIT Francis Bitter Magnet Lab, Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago, Exxon Corporate Research Lab, and NEC Research Institute. His own research focuses on the dynamics of condensed matter systems. [More Info]
Ashok Jhunjhunwala is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maine and taught at Washington State University until he returned to India in 1981. Jhunjhunwala leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group (TeNeT) at IIT Madras, which has incubated a number of technology companies, including one which aims to install and operate telephone and Internet equipment in every village in India. Jhunjhunwala is a member of the Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Committee, and is a director on the boards of several IT and telecom firms in India, including Polaris. [More Info]
Ashok Kolaskar is the honorary Vice Chancellor of the University of Pune. He has over 20 years' experience as a researcher in bioinformatics and teaching at university level. For the last 13 years Kolaskar has served as a professor and Director of Pune's Bioinformatics Center, and also currently is the Director of Bioinformatics at Manassas, VA-based American Type Culture Collection. His main research is in the area of theoretical molecular biophysics and bioinformatics. Kolaskar has been the principal investigator on multiple large research and infrastructure grants and contracts from Government of India. [More Info]
Arabinda Mitra is the Executive Director of the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. After five years at the Department of Ocean Development, in 1998 the Cambridge-trained geologist became program manager at the National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research in Goa. He played a pivotal role in formulating the long-term science strategy of the Indian Antarctic missions. In 2001 Mitra became Director in the International Division of the Department of Science & Technology, and in November 2004 he was confirmed by India and the U.S. as the first Executive Director of the bi-national Indo-US Science and Technology Forum.
S. Mohan is Chief Executive of the Society for Innovation & Development, the business arm of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He has played a critical role in transferring technologies to industries in India and around the world. As a professor in IISc's Department of Instrumentation, Mohan has also been actively involved in the synthesis and analysis of thin films for various device applications during the past three decades. [More Info]
Prem Nair, M.D., is Medical Director of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS). He did a postgraduate degree in medicine in the United States and subsequently specialised in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and liver diseases at USC. He was Professor of Medicine at the USC College of Medicine, and directed the Gastroenterology Program at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles. Nair left the U.S. to join the hospital set up by Mata Amritanandamayi's organization, and in 1994 moved permanently to Amritapuri and AIMS.
Anand Patwardhan is Executive Director of the Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), an autonomous organization in India's Ministry of Science & Technology. Previously he was Professor and Head of the Shailesh J Mehta School of Management at IIT-Bombay. Patwardhan also holds an adjunct faculty position at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy in 1993. Patwardhan’s research interests are in the broad area of technology policy; and his work has been in two broad domains: the environment and climate change; and information and communication technology. [More Info]
Sam Pitroda is Chairman of India's National Knowledge Commission. He also chairs the Indian American Council, leads World-Tel Limited, an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) initiative, and is the founding Chairman of a non-profit Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions in India. As a result of his pioneering work, Pitroda holds more than 50 patents and has lectured extensively on telecom, technology and development around the world. The Chicago-based Pitroda is also the founder and CEO of C-SAM, Inc. In 1964 Pitroda went to the U.S. for graduate school, then worked at GTE and formed Wescom Switching, Inc., before returning to India in 1984 as founder of the Center for Development of Telematics (CDAC). He later became advisor to the Prime Minister of India on National Technology Missions.
Dr. V. S. Ramamurthy is Secretary of India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), a position he assumed in July 1995. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Bombay University in 1971. Ramamurthy is responsible for research as well as efficient development, transfer and commercialization of technologies developed in the nation’s labs. [More Info]
P.Venkat Rangan was appointed Vice Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University) in 2003. Previously, he founded and directed the Multimedia Laboratory at UCSD where he was a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and was the founding CEO of Yodlee, Inc., a multinational leader in online aggregation services. He has to his credit 30 patents and has published over 100 research papers. [More Info]
Richard C. Atkinson is former President and Regent of the University of California and was appointed the fifth Chancellor of UCSD in 1980. Prior to that, he served as director of the National Science Foundation and was a long-term member of the faculty at Stanford University. At NSF Atkinson held a wide range of responsibilities for science policy at a national and international level, including negotiating the first agreement enabling exchange of scientists and scholars between China and the U.S. [More Info]
Gretchen Kalonji became Director of International Strategy Development for the UC system in January 2005, based in the UC Office of the President. Previously she was the Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where she was the first woman to hold an endowed chair. Kalonji also led a campus-wide initiative called UW Worldwide. Prior to joining UW in 1990, she was an associate professor of materials science and engineering at MIT. [More Info]
Bill Owens was Chairman and CEO of Nortel in 2004-'05 and previously served as CEO and Chairman of Teledesic LLC, and as president of San Diego-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Prior to entering the private sector, Owens was an admiral in the U.S. Navy, rising to become vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a position he left in 1994. He is a director of several boards of directors, including Force10 Networks and Polycom. [More Info]
Roberto Padovani is Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of QUALCOMM Inc. For the past 15 years, Dr. Padovani has been involved in the research and development of digital communication systems with particular emphasis on cellular Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) systems. His research and inventions in this field have led to the worldwide standardization and commercialization of CDMA for second and third-generation cellular systems. Before joining QUALCOMM in 1986, Padovani worked for two years at M/A-COM Linkabit. He holds over 50 patents, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in electrical engineering. [More Info]
V. Ramanathan is the Victor Alderson Professor of Applied Ocean Sciences at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a pioneer in focusing attention on global warming and the atmospheric brown cloud phenomenon. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002, Ramanathan also directs the Center for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate, and the Center for Atmospheric Sciences. Ramanathan also chairs the Committee on Strategic Advice on the U.S. Climate Change Program. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1974, and worked on reentry physics at NASA Langley.
Duane Roth is Chief Executive Officer of CONNECT and former CEO of Alliance Pharmaceutical, a San Diego-based biotech company he founded in 1989. Previously he held executive positions at American Home Products and Johnson & Johnson. Roth also serves as a mmember of the UC President's Advisory Council on Science and Technology and was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger's Commission on Jobs in the Economy. [More Info]
Syed Shahed is a former President of the U.S. Society of Automotive Engineers. After a year as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, Shahed spent nearly 20 years with Cummins Engine Company. In 1989 he moved to Southwest Research Institute, then in 1995 became vice president of research and development for Honeywell's Garrett Engine Boosting Systems in Torrance, CA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1970. [More Info]
Dr. Larry Smarr is the founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and Harry E. Gruber professor in the Jacobs School's Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD. Prior to joining UCSD in 2000, he was the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (1985) and the National Computational Science Alliance (1997), based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. [More Info]
Kathryn Sullivan is Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation's Office of International Science & Engineering (OISE) and has over sixteen years experience in international science, engineering and technology programs and policy. Prior to joining NSF she held a number of U.S. government positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House, where she was a Senior Analysts in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Albert Yee is the Director of the UC Irvine Division of Calit2 and a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in UCI's Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Prior to joining Calit2 in January 2004, while on leave from the University of Michigan, Yee served as the founding director of Singapore's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering. At UMich, he was a professor and chair of materials science and engineering. His own research focuses on the physical and mechanical properties of polymers and soft materials, particularly on how they impact nanotechnology. [More Info]