OUR PREVIOUS YEAR'S THINK TALKS
Senior VP, Samsung Research Institute Bangalore
Founder, DC Design
Founding Commissioner, UN Broadband Commission For Digital Development
Founder and MD, INDO-US Venture Partners
Dr J. N. Reddy
Creator of Finite Element Method
Most followed author on Quora
Balaji Holur is currently the Senior Vice President of Android Platform & Multimedia System Division at Samsung Research India Bangalore, responsible for Multi Media solutions for the next generation handheld devices based on Android file systems. His areas of interest includes Image, Video tied to vision elements including multi sensor & sensor networks developing HW and SW IP solutions. He holds M.Tech and M.S degrees from IIT Kanpur and OSU respectively.
He has around 24 years of technology leadership experience working with companies like Bell Research, Cisco, Texas Instruments and Samsung. He was the architect and founding member of a highly successful startup IpMobile which was later bought over by Cisco.
He holds 50+ US Patents in his name.
He was elected first Distinguished Member of technical Staff at Texas Instruments Bangalore.
It is said that if you love what you do for a living then you will never see it as ‘just a job’. By that maxim, this man has possibly never worked a day in his life. An Indian car designer and the founder of DC Design, Mr Dilip Chhabria has made the business of car design and modification an amalgamation of his passion, hobby and work.
A graduate from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, US, he has worked in automobile big shots like General Motors and Kinetic Engineering Limited. He founded DC Design in 1993 with the dual aim of redesigning and modifying mass market cars to create one-of-a-kind automotive beauties for automotive connoisseurs as well as offering design and prototyping services to the OEM automotive sector. He has designed and manufactured DC Avanti, which is considered India's first supercar. He is also renowned for designing the REVA NXR electric car. Apart from cars, he is also into modifying other automobiles like bikes, buses.
DC is also an accomplished painter and sculptor. For the propagation of his unique thinking and approach to automotive design, he has partnered with the D Y Patil Group to start DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies. In Mr Dilip Chhabria we see the marriage of an artist’s sensibilities and an engineer’s mind. Every creation of his is a signature extension of the artist’s personality and is instantly recognizable as having been made by the same master.
Some glimpses of his work can be seen on http://dcdesign.co.in and he can be followed on https://www.facebook.com/Dilip-Chhabria-528926420567687/ .
Satyanarayan Gangaram Pitroda popularly known as Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected telecom inventor, entrepreneur, development thinker, and policy maker who has spent 50 years in information and communications technology (ICT) and related global and national developments.
Credited with having laid the foundation for India’s telecommunications and technology revolution of the 1980s, Mr. Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the global digital divide. During his tenure as Advisor to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Pitroda led six technology missions related to telecommunications, water, literacy, immunization, dairy production, and oil seeds. He was also the founder and first Chairman of India’s Telecom Commission. In these plural roles, Mr. Pitroda helped revolutionize India's development philosophies and policies with a focus on access to technology as the key to social change.
As a way to induce the second phase of India’s technology revolution, in 2005 Mr. Pitroda headed India’s National Knowledge Commission (2005-2009), to provide a blueprint of reform for the knowledge-related institutions and infrastructure for the 21st century in the country.
Recently, Mr. Pitroda served as Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, with the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He served as the Chairman of the Smart Grid Task Force, as well as the committees to reform public broadcasting, modernize railways, deliver e-governance, and other developmental activities.
Mr. Pitroda is a Founding Chairman of five non-profit organizations including the India Food Bank, the Global Knowledge Initiative and the Institute of Transdisciplinary Health. He is also a founding Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union’s m-Powering Development Board that looks to empower developing countries with the use of mobile technology.
In addition, Mr. Pitroda is a serial entrepreneur having started several companies in the United States. He holds around 20 honorary PhD’s, close to 100 worldwide patents, and has published five books and numerous papers and lectured widely all over the world. He lives in Chicago with his wife.
“Electrons move at the same speed whether at Intel or AMD.”
Popularly known as the “Father of Pentium” for his for his role in the development of the Pentium processor that made Intel the world’s largest chip maker, Vinod Dham is an Indian-American technology pioneer from Silicon Valley. He is not only a renowned inventor, but also a recognized entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
Having studied at Delhi College of Engineering and University of Cincinnati, Vinod Dham did cutting-edge work at various companies. His most reputed works include development of the Pentium processor, the AMD K6 ‘Intel Killer’ – the then fastest microprocessor in town and co-inventing Intel’s first flash memory technology (ETOX). He even rose to the position of vice-president of the microprocessor group at Intel.
Dham’s entrepreneurial career has been as stellar as its technical counterpart with successful start-ups like NexGen and Silicon Spice. He is a mentor, advisor and investor; and sits on the boards of many companies including promising start-ups funded through his India-based fund – Indo US Venture Partners, where he is the founding Managing Director.
The genius has been aptly decorated for his achievements and work in such a wide array of fields. In 2011, he was given People Choice Award and Special Jury Award in the category of Science and technology by Times of India Group’s ‘Light of India Awards’; recognizing Indian achievers abroad.
The nation prides honing such multifaceted talent who is contributing loads to the development of science and technology at a global level.
An authoritative figure in the broad area of mechanics, Dr Junuthula N. Reddy is a Distinguished Professor, Regents' Professor and inaugural holder of the Oscar S. Wyatt Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Known for his significant contributions to various areas of mechanics like solid mechanics, mechanics of composites, functionally graded materials, classical and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics to name a few, he has over 580 journal papers and has authored 20 books.
Dr Reddy is renowned being one of the researchers responsible for the development of the Finite Element Method (FEM) which has proven to be a revolutionary technique for finding approximate solutions to boundary value problems for partial differential equations.
Dr Reddy is one of the original top 100 ISI Highly Cited Researchers in Engineering around world. Moreover, his books are known for explaining very difficult theories in lucid manner. The list of recognitions and awards that this reputed researcher and educator has earned through his exceptional talent and work seems to be endless.
Evidently one of the leading names in his field, Dr J. N. Reddy will be at Technex’17 to inspire and encourage budding engineers and researchers to go ahead, dare and make a difference.
A man of multiple talents, Mr Balaji Viswanathan is an Indian writer, author, entrepreneur and engineer. He is a familiar name for today’s youth owing to his being the most followed author on the question and answer website, Quora. Not only has he been the top writer on the site from 2013-2016, one can also find many of his writings on eminent online platforms like Forbes, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, to name a few.
His romance with Quora dates back to 2012 when he started writing on entrepreneurship, business and technology, then history, economics & finance and shifted to religion and world history. Now, he majorly writes on public policy and politics. He has written more than 3.5k answers and has more than 250k followers. He is also appreciated for his book ‘From Tryst to Tendulkar: The History of Independent India’.
After doing an MS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Mr Viswanathan joined Microsoft as a software design engineer. With time he realised that his fundamental ambition was becoming an entrepreneur. Then there was no looking back. He founded NalandaU, co-founded Be Limitless – a productivity plugin and Zingfin.com. He is currently VP of products at Invento.
His incredible knowledge and skills have made him an everyday figure for students, a figure whose renditions have become an indispensable part of the lives of many of us. More can be read about him and his work here and on Quora.