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The Distinguished Alumnus Awards are presented annually by the Institute. Since the inception of the awards in 1996, 147 alumni have been selected for the award.

Office of the Alumni Relations will receive nominations for the Distinguished Alumnus Awards. The selection is done by a committee appointed by the Director. Around 8 to 10 alumni are selected for the awards each year.The awards are presented during the Institute Day held around mid April each year.

Distinguished Alumnus Awardees - 2017
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2017
Dr. Anand Raghunathan (1992 - BTech - Electrical Engineering)

Professor @ School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, Indiana, USA

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Prof. Anand Raghunathan received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from IIT Madras in 1992, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Dr. Raghunathan is currently a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, and directs research in the Integrated Systems Laboratory.
Dr. Anand Raghunathan

Prof. Anand Raghunathan received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from IIT Madras in 1992, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

Dr. Raghunathan is currently a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, and directs research in the Integrated Systems Laboratory. Dr.Raghunathan is also the C.R. Muthukrishnan Distinguished Chair Professor (Visiting) at the Centre for Computational Brain Research at IIT Madras. Previously, he was a Senior Research Staff Member at NEC Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey. He received "Patent of the Year Award" (an award recognizing the invention that has achieved the highest impact), and two Technology Commercialization Award from NEC.

Prof. Raghunathan has authored a book, 9 book chapters, and more than 230 refereed journal and conference papers (with 8 best paper awards and a most-cited paper award) in top-tier IEEE and ACM journals, and holds 22 issued patents. He was honoured among the top-10 authors over the first fifty years of the ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, and his paper was among the 10 most-downloaded from the entire ACM Digital Library (across all conferences/journals) in 2004. He was chosen by MIT's Technology Review among the TR35 (top 35 innovators under 35 years, across various disciplines of science and technology) in 2006, for his work on "making mobile secure".

Dr. Raghunathan has been a member of the technical program and organizing committees of several leading conferences and workshops. He has served as Technical Program Chair for four premier conferences and on the Editorial Board of seven top-tier IEEE and ACM journals. His sterling work has resulted in manifold forms of awards and accolades including the IEEE Meritorious Service Award (2001) and Outstanding Service Award (2004). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and was elected a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society in 2001, in recognition of his contributions.

For his praiseworthy commitment to excellence in innovative and impactful research, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to bestow this award upon Prof. Anand Raghunathan.

2017
Dr. Madhavan M R (1990 - BTech - Mechanical Engineering)

President @ Institute for Policy Research Studies, PRS Legislative Research New Delhi, India

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Dr. M. R. Madhavan graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1990 before obtaining a Management degree(MBA) and a Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He is currently the President and Co-founder of PRS Legislative Research, a public policy research institution that focuses on the legislative processes in India. PRS was established
Dr. Madhavan M R

Dr. M. R. Madhavan graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1990 before obtaining a Management degree(MBA) and a Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1992 and 1996, respectively.

He is currently the President and Co-founder of PRS Legislative Research, a public policy research institution that focuses on the legislative processes in India. PRS was established in 2005 with three broad objectives: to support the work of MPs and MLAs with research to make the legislative process better informed; to collate and disseminate the work of legislators and legislatures for greater transparency; and to create and catalyse channels of engagement between citizens and elected representatives to make the legislative process more participatory. PRS publishes "legislative briefs" (short commented analyses) of Bills in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and other articles related to legislation in India. Over the course of his research career, Dr. Madhavan has made several pioneering contributions towards strengthening the functioning of Indian legislatures including analysis of Bills introduced, interactive sessions on key policy issues, policy updates and workshops for MLAs, inputs to the media on the legislative agenda, workshops for journalists on tracking the activities of MPs and MLAs, and creating an agenda for reforming legislative processes. "The Laws of India" website is a web-based public database created by PRS that is the only publicly available source of all state laws. PRS team is often approached to contribute columns to provide a viewpoint on various key Bills.

Prior to PRS, Dr. M. R. Madhavan joined ICICI Securities as Vice President in 1996 and worked there for four years, until August 2000. He then became the "Senior Strategist and Economist India" in October 2000 and "Senior Strategist for Asia Region" in February 2004, at the Bank of America.

Dr. Madhavan is a featured speaker in NDTV and TEDx, and has contributed chapters to several academic volumes. His cutting-edge work in demystifying Indian Legislature and leadership has resulted in numerous recognitions and accolades, including the 'Distinguished Alumnus Award' from IIM Calcutta in 2014.

For his exemplary commitment towards improving the quality of political discourse through analysis and dissemination, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. M. R. Madhavan.

2017
Dr. Pradip Dutta (1987 - MTech - Mechanical Engineering)

Professor - Department of Mechanical Engineering @ Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

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Prof. Dutta received his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1987 after a bachelor's from IIT Kharagpur. He obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University. After an engagement as a National Research Council (NRC) Fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School, California, he held faculty positions at Columbia University and at Tennessee Tech. University, before joining the Indian Institute of Science
Dr. Pradip Dutta

Prof. Dutta received his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1987 after a bachelor's from IIT Kharagpur. He obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University. After an engagement as a National Research Council (NRC) Fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School, California, he held faculty positions at Columbia University and at Tennessee Tech. University, before joining the Indian Institute of Science as a faculty member in 1996.

Prof. Dutta's research group focuses on development of advanced energy technologies related to solar energy, cooling of electronics, spacecraft thermal management, and on thermal technologies related to solidification and advanced casting processes for light weighting. Prof. Dutta has published three web-based books for undergraduates and postgraduates, co-authored several book chapters and published over 250 papers in international journals and peer-reviewed conferences. He is widely acknowledged for his vast knowledge and rich experience in advanced energy technologies and has been elected a Fellow of the ASME, a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Science (IASc), a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), and a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI). Prof. Dutta has received the VASVIK Award for Industrial Research (2010), IISc Alumni Award for Excellence in Engineering Research (2012), INAE Chair Professorship (2012-2014), INAE Outstanding Teacher Award (2014), IIT Kharagpur Distinguished Alumnus Award (2015), and most recently the J. C. Bose National Fellowship in 2017.

He serves in the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology, and of ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging. At IISc, he has been a co-founder of the National Facility for Semisolid Forming, and co-Director of the General-Motors-IISc Collaborative Research Lab. Currently, Prof. Dutta is the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IISc, and co-leader of the India-US Consortium SERIIUS (Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States), under the Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center programme.

For his praiseworthy commitment to excellence in development of advanced energy technologies, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to bestow this award upon Prof. Pradip Dutta.

2017
Dr. Ramayya Krishnan (1981 - BTech - Mechanical Engineering)

Dean, H. John Heinz III College and William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems @ Carnegie Mellon University

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Prof. Ramayya Krishnan received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981, and both his Master's and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1983 and 1987, respectively. He is currently the W.W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Information Systems at the H. John Heinz III College and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy in the College of Engineering at Carnegie
Dr. Ramayya Krishnan

Prof. Ramayya Krishnan received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981, and both his Master's and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1983 and 1987, respectively. He is currently the W.W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Information Systems at the H. John Heinz III College and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. A faculty member at CMU since 1988, Krishnan was appointed Dean when the Heinz College was created in 2008. In 2014, he was reappointed upon the completion of his first term as Dean. In 2016, INFORMS, the global Operations Research and Management Science (OR/MS) Society, recognized the Heinz College with the UPS George D. Smith Prize for educational excellence in Analytics.

Since he joined CMU in 1988, Krishnan has compiled an outstanding research record in Operations Research and Management Science (OR/MS) and its applications to Information Systems. His contributions have been recognized by INFORMS, through its highly-selective INFORMS Fellow award, and in 2015, he was conferred with the Y. Nayudamma Award for his contributions to information technology and telecommunications management. He has been the President of INFORMS Computing Society and INFORMS Information Systems Society, and has edited premier journals in the fields of Operations Research, Management Science and Information Systems Research.

Krishnan has a worldwide reputation for his expertise in data sciences, with many papers and book chapters to his credit. He was invited to speak on data analytics at the World Economic Forum in 2011. As U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton appointed him to serve as a STEM expert of US Delegation to APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Consortium) in 2012. In September 2014, he provided a private briefing on "big data" to the 10 ICT Ministers of ASEAN. He is a former member of the Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development at the World Economic Forum.

For his seminal contributions to the field of Information Systems, and for his administrative excellence, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to bestow this award upon Dr. Ramayya Krishnan.

2017
Dr. S Sudarshan (1987 - BTech - Computer Science)

Professor & Subrao M. Nilekani Chair Professor Department of Computer Science and Engineering, @ IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

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Prof. S. Sudarshan received his B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras in 1987, and completed his Ph.D from the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison in 1992. After working for 3 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, NJ, USA, he joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay in 1995, where he is the current Subrao M. Nilekani Chair Professor. He was the Head of the Department from
Dr. S Sudarshan

Prof. S. Sudarshan received his B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras in 1987, and completed his Ph.D from the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison in 1992. After working for 3 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, NJ, USA, he joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay in 1995, where he is the current Subrao M. Nilekani Chair Professor. He was the Head of the Department from 2013-2016.

Prof. Sudarshan is widely recognized among computer scientists for his vast knowledge and rich experience in the area of database systems. He has built a variety of software systems, one of which is used in a large number telephone switches manufactured by Lucent USA. He is a co-author of the internationally best-selling textbook "Database System Concepts", which is now in its 6th edition and translated into 4 languages. He has made foundational and impactful research contributions to a variety of areas within database systems over the last two decades. His research contributions in the areas of query optimization, and keyword search on semi-structured data are highly cited, and have earned him the "Influential Paper Award" at the IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) 2012, one of the top 4 conferences in the area of database systems, as well as the Best Paper award at COMAD 2012. Several of his papers have been selected as among the best papers at top conferences, and invited for publication in journals. He is among the most highly cited computer scientists in India, with a total of 12,000+ citations, and an h-index of 43, as per Google Scholar. He is a Fellow of the ACM, USA, as well as Fellow of INAE and NASI.

His work has been recognized through a number of awards and accolades including the IBM Faculty Award in 2001 and 2006, and the Bell Labs President's Silver Award, 1999. He was a Member Board of Trustees, Very Large Data Base (VLDB) Foundation (2010-2016), and an Advisory Committee Member for the Proceedings of the VLDB Foundation, in addition to being Associate Editor of ACM TODS, and IEEE TKDE.

For his laudable commitment to excellence in database system sciences, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Prof. S. Sudarshan.

2017
Shri. Satish Pai (1985 - BTech - Mechanical Engineering)

Managing Director @ Hindalco Industries Limited, Mumbai, India

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Shri. Satish Pai graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985. He took over as the CEO of Hindalco's Aluminium Business in August 2013 and his main focus was the ramp-up of the three mega Greenfield projects that took alumina capacity to 2.7 MT and aluminium capacity to 1.3 MT. In February 2014, he became the Dy. Managing Director of the company and was entrusted with
Shri. Satish Pai

Shri. Satish Pai graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985. He took over as the CEO of Hindalco's Aluminium Business in August 2013 and his main focus was the ramp-up of the three mega Greenfield projects that took alumina capacity to 2.7 MT and aluminium capacity to 1.3 MT. In February 2014, he became the Dy. Managing Director of the company and was entrusted with Hindalco's copper business as well. Satish took over as the Managing Director of Hindalco in August 2016, a responsibility which includes the Novelis business.

Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group Company - Hindalco, Satish worked with Schlumberger based out of Paris. Over the course of his illustrious career of 28 years with Schlumberger, where he was recruited from campus to begin his journey as a Field Engineer in 1985, Satish held various important positions, including "Executive Vice President - Worldwide Operations", and was responsible for all aspects of operations for Schlumberger globally, including HSE, people management, input to R&D, and P&L performance.

Satish serves as a Director on the boards of Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd. and ABB, Zurich. A life member of the Indian Institute of Metals, he is part of CII's Task Force on China and is the Vice President and Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Aluminium Association of India.

Satish is a passionate person who likes to participate and involve himself with the activities of his alma mater, having played a key role in the Silver Reunion fund-raising by his Class of '85. His trail blazing work in the areas of leadership, people management and transformative growth has resulted in multiple forms of recognition and accolades.

For his exemplary leadership and commitment to excellence in industry, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Shri. Satish Pai.

2017
Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan (1986 - MTech - Electrical Engineering)

Chair Professor and Executive Vice President @ Arizona State University, Arizona, USA

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Prof. Sethuraman Panchanathan received his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1986 after his bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1984. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1989 from University of Ottawa, Canada. Currently, Dr. Panchanathan is the Executive Vice President for the Office of Knowledge
Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan

Prof. Sethuraman Panchanathan received his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1986 after his bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1984. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1989 from University of Ottawa, Canada. Currently, Dr. Panchanathan is the Executive Vice President for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University (ASU).

Dr. Panchanathan's career journey began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada in 1989, where he founded the Visual Computing and Communications Laboratory. He moved to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) in 1997. Induced to address humanity's complex problems through science and technology, he founded the ASU Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) in 2001 to design and build technologies and devices to empower individuals with disabilities. CUbiC's flagship projects iCARE and Note Taker for visually-impaired individuals have received prestigious honors, including the Arizona Governor's Innovator of the Year in Academia Award and the Microsoft Imagine World Cup. He also founded and led the School of Computing and Informatics (2006-2009), the Department of Biomedical Informatics (2005-2007) and the Institute for Computing & Information Sciences and Engineering (In CISE), 2003-2009. He co-founded two start-up companies, MotionEase Inc., and RehabDev LLC, with his students. Under his leadership, ASU's research has quadrupled to half a billion dollars over the past 15 years.

He has authored more than 450 scientific papers including 80+ journal articles in refereed international conferences & journals, around 35 book chapters and has obtained a number of patents and copyrights. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the Canadian National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). His sterling work received recognition from the then U.S. President, Barack Obama, who appointed Dr. Panchanathan to the U.S. National Science Board (NSB) in 2014 for a six-year term, the first Indian American to receive this honor. Dr. Panchanathan was also appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship by the Secretary of Commerce.

For his praiseworthy commitment to excellence in technology, innovation and administration, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to bestow this award upon Prof. Sethuraman Panchanathan.

2017
Shri. V Shankar (1981 - BTech - Mechanical Engineering)

Founder @ CAMS Pvt. Ltd.

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Shri. V. Shankar graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981. He went on to obtain his Post Graduate Degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1983. He founded India's largest Mutual Fund platform - CAMS - and is presently focused on his public and angel investments. Shankar's career journey began in Pond's India Ltd. (now a
Shri. V Shankar

Shri. V. Shankar graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981. He went on to obtain his Post Graduate Degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1983. He founded India's largest Mutual Fund platform - CAMS - and is presently focused on his public and angel investments.

Shankar's career journey began in Pond's India Ltd. (now a part of Hindustan Unilever Ltd.) in 1983. Shankar founded CAMS (Computer Age Management Services Pvt. Ltd.) in 1988 with the objective of providing platform-based services to the Indian financial industry, and was its CEO and thereafter on the Board till 2014. CAMS totally re-imagined Mutual Fund services delivery and developed a platform that remains, till date, the largest such in India. The company employs over 6000 staff and is today co-owned by NSE and HDFC. Shankar also serves as a Board member on several other Companies.

Shankar is acknowledged for his knowledge and rich operational experience of the Financial sector. Apart from being a voracious reader, Shankar is also interested in travel, music, angel investing/mentoring, and in charitable activity. His work in the areas of finance, leadership, people management and social activities has resulted in recognition including the Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year award by TiECON in 2012 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIM Calcutta. In the last few years Shankar has also become involved with the promotion of Entrepreneurship through The Chennai Angels and TIE Chennai. Shankar is involved with charities for the old, health initiatives for the disadvantaged, education of the underprivileged, and higher education.

For his exemplary commitment to excellence in the finance industry and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Shri. V. Shankar.

2017
Shri. Venkat Viswanathan (1992 - BTech - Civil Engineering)

Founder and Chairman @ Latent View Analytics, Chennai, India

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Shri. Venkat Viswanathan graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras in 1992, and with a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1995. He is the Founder and Chairman of LatentView Analytics, founded in April 2006 along with co-founders Ramesh Hariharan (a fellow IITian) and Pramad Jandhyala. LatentView is now one of the world's
Shri. Venkat Viswanathan

Shri. Venkat Viswanathan graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras in 1992, and with a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1995. He is the Founder and Chairman of LatentView Analytics, founded in April 2006 along with co-founders Ramesh Hariharan (a fellow IITian) and Pramad Jandhyala. LatentView is now one of the world's largest and fastest growing digital analytics firms. It provides a 360-degree view of the digital consumer, enabling companies to predict new revenue streams, anticipate product trends and popularity, improve customer retention rates and optimize investment decisions. Venkat's career journey began as an Analyst, Chairman's Office in Essar Group in May 1992 after which he worked as a Senior Consultant for 3 years at ICRA Limited. He then moved to Cognizant Technology Solutions where he was part of the Leadership team for 7 years with their Communications Practice, before founding LatentView.

LatentView Analytics, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, works with Fortune 500 companies, analyzing data of all sizes and formats to arrive at actionable insights that aid decision making. Doubling in scale year on year, the company has offices in four countries, with a state-of-the-art Center in Ramanujan IT City, Chennai.

LatentView has consistently been in the spotlight for its exceptional growth and quality of work. It has the unique distinction of being featured in the "Deloitte Technology Fast 50" for eight consecutive years. Frost & Sullivan named LatentView the "Company of the Year" in Analytics in 2015. It is the only firm from India to be on the exclusive list of Advanced Consulting Partners to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Venkat mentors budding entrepreneurs on business and data analytics, and on entrepreneurship. He has won numerous awards and accolades including the "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2014 by CII and "CEO of the Year" in 2014 by INFOCOM. He is a member of IIT Madras Incubation Cell and an active donor member of the IIT Alumni Industry Interaction Centre. He is also a Charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Chennai Chapter.

For his exemplary leadership and commitment to excellence in digital analytics, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Shri. Venkat Viswanathan.

2017
Dr. Venkitakrishnan P V (1989 - MTech - Mechanical Engineering) & (2006 - PhD - Mechanical Engineering)

Director @ ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), ISRO, Mahendragiri, Nagercoil, India

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Dr. P.V. Venkitakrishnan graduated with a Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1989 and 2006, respectively. He obtained his B.Tech. from Cochin University in 1983. He also holds an MBA & Post-Graduate Diploma in Production Management to his credit from Annamalai University. Currently, he is the Director of ISRO Propulsion Complex, ISRO - Mahendragiri. He started his career as Grade
Dr. Venkitakrishnan P V

Dr. P.V. Venkitakrishnan graduated with a Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1989 and 2006, respectively. He obtained his B.Tech. from Cochin University in 1983. He also holds an MBA & Post-Graduate Diploma in Production Management to his credit from Annamalai University. Currently, he is the Director of ISRO Propulsion Complex, ISRO - Mahendragiri. He started his career as Grade Scientist in 1983 in VSSC. Over the course of his career, he has contributed significantly in aerospace-related manufacturing and materials, as well as in infrastructure development. Previously, he was Deputy Director, LPSC during 2010 to 2015, and Deputy Project Director, GSLV Mk-III from 2002 to 2010. He held the post of Deputy Director, VSSC before taking over as Director, IPRC.

Dr. Venkitakrishnan is also the current National President of the Society of Aerospace Manufacturing Engineers (SAME). He was instrumental in setting up the HAL Aerospace Division in the development phase of PSLV Programme, and has contributed significantly in the developmental phase of hardware for ASLV, PSLV, GSLV Mk-II and Mk-III. He was also instrumental in initiating the establishment of the Integrated Cryo-Engine Manufacturing Facility (ICMF) at HAL, Bangalore, and in the introduction of latest technologies and practices. Under his able leadership, the Cryogenic Engines for GSLV Mk-2 and GSLV Mk-3 were developed and realized. The LAM engine for the prestigious Mangalyaan was also realised and tested under his leadership. The efforts taken by him for the indigenisation of aerospace metallic materials is noteworthy. He has various affiliations with professional bodies, including as Fellow of Institute of Engineers (India) and Fellow of Indian Institute of Metals.

Dr. Venkitakrishnan is a recipient of ISRO's individual Merit Award in 2013, Team Leader - ISRO Team Excellence Award for the years 2011 and 2015, and the ANWESHAK Award from SAME in 2009. He has numerous publications in national and international journals. He is an excellent leader and team builder with effective communication, motivational and administrative skills.

For his exemplary contributions to India's Space Program, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. P.V. Venkitakrishnan.

2017
Dr. Virupaksha Reddy (1972 - MSc - Chemistry)

Founder & President @ PriTel Inc., Illinois, USA

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Dr. K. Virupaksha Reddy graduated with a Master's degree in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1972, after obtaining his Bachelor's degree from the Government Arts College in Anantapur. During his Ph.D. in the Physical Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he developed pulsed and CW lasers to study rates of chemical reactions using intra-cavity laser excitation schemes. This work was widely cited,
Dr. Virupaksha Reddy

Dr. K. Virupaksha Reddy graduated with a Master's degree in Chemistry from IIT Madras in 1972, after obtaining his Bachelor's degree from the Government Arts College in Anantapur. During his Ph.D. in the Physical Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he developed pulsed and CW lasers to study rates of chemical reactions using intra-cavity laser excitation schemes. This work was widely cited, gaining appreciation from stalwarts across the field.

Dr. Reddy joined the Amoco Research Center in 1981 after brief stints at Allied Chemicals and McDonnell Douglas. It was at Amoco that his innovative talents came to the forefront and paved the way to the invention of a primer-less painting technology for composite panels by flash evaporation with nanosecond duration ultra-violet lasers. Significantly, he also invented ultra-stable direct ablation of Teflon using the same ultra-violet laser. He had the technical insight to identify and build, in 1992, the world's first commercial femtosecond fiber laser in a compact box.

In 1995, Dr. Reddy founded PriTel, Inc., to commercialize Femtosecond Fiber Lasers (FFL), in close collaboration with the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, UK. In 1996, he ingeniously combined optical technologies with RF electronics to develop a mechanism to provide a stable train of optical pulses at repetition rates of up to 1200 Gbps. Over the course of 22 years, Dr. Reddy continued to innovate and maintain his focus on this niche hardware market. PriTel, Inc., now has a global customer base with 80% of its revenue derived from outside of the USA.

Dr. Reddy and his wife, Sarveswari, support the institutions that laid the foundation for his success through contributions to IIT Madras, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Southampton in the form of endowed Chairs, endowed scholarships, lecture series, and numerous other philanthropic mechanisms. Dr. Reddy has also served as the President of the IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America from 2013 to 2015.

For his revolutionary work in the area of Optoelectronics, and for his business leadership and acumen, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. K. Virupaksha Reddy.

2017
Dr. Vivek De (1985 - BTech - Electrical Engineering)

Intel Fellow and Director of Circuit Technology Research @ Intel Corporation, Oregon, USA

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Dr. Vivek De graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985, and with an M.S. from Duke University, Durham in 1986. He obtained his Ph. D from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1992. He is currently an Intel Fellow and Director of Circuit Technology Research in Intel Corporation. He is responsible for providing strategic technical directions for long term research in
Dr. Vivek De

Dr. Vivek De graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985, and with an M.S. from Duke University, Durham in 1986. He obtained his Ph. D from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1992. He is currently an Intel Fellow and Director of Circuit Technology Research in Intel Corporation. He is responsible for providing strategic technical directions for long term research in future circuit technologies and leading energy efficiency research across the hardware stack.

Dr. De's career journey began as a Graduate Technical Intern at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, NY in 1990. Prior to joining Intel, he was engaged in semiconductor devices and circuits research at RPI and at Georgia Institute of Technology, and was a visiting researcher at Texas Instruments. Dr. De has made pioneering contributions to circuit design at Intel over the past 20 years by leading research teams in the development of advanced circuits and design techniques for low-power and high-performance processors. Since 2013, he has served as Principal Investigator for a USD 13 million DARPA research program on Circuits for Resilient Systems (CREST). The techniques developed by Dr. De have been implemented on all Intel Core and Atom processors. He led a team that demonstrated the world's first near-threshold voltage ultra-low-power Pentium processor powered fully by a solar cell. His work on fully integrated voltage regulators implemented in Intel Core based server and client processors received an "Intel Achievement Award (IAA)", the highest corporate technical award in Intel.

In recognition of his contributions, Dr. De was appointed as an "Intel Fellow" in 2006, which represents the highest level of technical achievement within the company. He is one of only four IIT Madras alumni to achieve this distinction. Dr. De has 209 patents granted and 26 more patents filed (pending). He has published 250 technical papers in refereed international conferences & journals, and authored 7 book chapters. He has served as Associate Editor and Guest Editor for premier IEEE Journals. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

For his exemplary accomplishments in Circuit Technology Research, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to bestow this award upon Dr. Vivek De.