Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy Memorial Award Winners 2012-’13

Background and Vision
Students in BITS Pilani are the cream of India, chosen on merit by a very selective process. Once in BITS, these students express their creativity and innovation by working on projects, both as hobbies and/or as part of the curriculum. However, several students find many hurdles (especially financial constraints) that cause them to never have an opportunity to take their ideas/projects to fruition.

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Prof. Ramaswamy always believed that every student, when trusted and given the right encouragement can be successful in any venture of his/her choice. A group of students who were very close to Prof.Ramaswamy realized that the best way to honor him and continue his legacy is to initiate an award that encapsulates his vision, and remove all barriers that impede the progress of student projects in BITS.

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Award Summary
A prize of Rs. 40,000 will be awarded every year to a team of students (max. 6 students) in order to encourage and nurture them to work on a student project. The prize will be open to any student in any department of the Goa campus (for now). The recipients of the award will be chosen by a competitive peer-review process in the previous semester to the award. Interested students should apply to the award with a sound proposal of the project. Project ideas may come from student(s) with or without inputs from faculty, other alumni and industry experts. For the first year (2013-14), proposals will be restricted to science and engineering. They will be judged on their innovation and feasibility (more details below). The awardees will choose a faculty mentor who will have oversight of their project. The award money could be spent on anything (equipment, training, software, advertisement, travel etc) that directly helps in the success of their project.

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Award Panel 2012-’13
Prof. P. Nandakumar , HOD, Physics Dept, Goa (Chair)
Prof. Raghunath Ratabole, Physics Dept, Goa
Prof. Gaurav Dar, Physics Dept, Goa
Prof. Toby Joseph, Physics Dept, Goa
Prof. Saby John, Faculty In Charge, Alumni Affairs Division, Goa

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Winners 2012-’13

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Project Name
Furniture-Integrated Workspace Cooling System

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Project Brief
The project aims to develop a compact heat exchanger for front-end, furniture integrated desktop cooling system for workstations. The current cooling solutions involve centralized cooling with complex air-ducts, incurring major energy losses. Further, a lot of energy is wasted in cooling miscellaneous office fixtures. A desktop cooling system at a low cost of operation would provide the user with personalized-comfort cooling which centralized systems do not. As is the human psychology, a cooler torso gives a better feeling of comfort. This cooling system can be efficiently used in cyber cafes, laptop stations at airports etc.

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Another application for this cooling system is possible in the field of electronic devices. Successful development of this heat exchanger at an even more compact scale can have far reaching impact in the IT sector from the standpoint of solving the ‘Thermal Brick Wall’ problem (which currently limits CPU clocks to ~ 3 GHz), an increasing concern about the electrical power consumption of IT infrastructure.

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Team Members
Geetansh Gupta (ID No. 2010A1PS022G)
Aaditya Shah (ID No. 2010A1PS200G)

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Geetansh Gupta is a Chemical Engineering student from the Goa campus. He has worked on projects in heat exchangers, LDPE pyrolysis and Stretford Process, using simulation software like COMSOL & ChemCAD. He has done internships with IFFCO Kandla and Rourkela Steel Plant, SAIL. He was an exchange student to Raffles Institution, Singapore. He was a StartingBloc fellow in 2012. He has worked as the Business Development Manager at TopTalent.in, a BITSian startup. At the college level, he was a core-member in Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), Goa chapter, and has worked as Social Media & Logistics Co-ordinator for CEL events.With his interest and admiration for entrepreneurship, he aims to work at the intersection of chemical engineering and entrepreneurship.

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Aaditya Shah is a student of Chemical Engineering from the Goa campus. He has worked on projects like LDPE pyrolysis, industrial sedimentation tanks, compact heat exchangers, rural water desalination and IS 7310 welding standards. He is interested in aircraft cooling systems and seawater purification. He worked as an intern at Wagon Repair Workshop, Jhansi.He served as the Secretary and Co-ordinator of chemical engineering students association, Alchemista. He is also a member of Kala, the fine arts club. His hobbies are automotive concept sketching, modern architecture and reading.

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“We strongly believe that this recognition is the first step towards the success of our project. This award and the funding will help us skip the hurdles to build the first prototype of the proposed design and conduct thorough analysis under various circumstances of our prototype. With this we can incorporate the required modifications to the prototype, thus rendering us closer to our goal of a commercial pitch. ”                                                     – Geetansh & Aaditya

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 The entire BITSAA community congratulates you on your achievement and wishes you continued success.

For starting a new scholarship or award, please write to scholarships@bitsaa.org.

Scholarship Initiatives by BITS Class of 1966-‘71


The enthusiastic members of 1966 batch have definitely set a great example for all BITSian batches. The funds collected during their Silver Jubilee reunion have been endowed for instituting various scholarships and awards to benefit students of BITS Pilani. Currently the accumulated sum amounts to 16 lakhs INR.

With the interest gained from the corpus, the following scholarships/awards are given every year:

  1. 4 awards, each of Rs.10,000 awarded for BITS students for their outstanding contribution at APOGEE.
  2. MCN scholarship worth Rs.40,000 (Rs.20,000 per semester) for a female student
  3. Financial assistance for paper publication in reputed journals

Mr. V V Ramanan, one of the masterminds behind the initiative says, “Over the years, the alumni of the class of ’66 to ’71 have set up an endowment to fund infrastructure upgrade, scholarships and other worthwhile causes at BITS. The one initiative that the class felt would leave a lasting imprint on their alma mater is one that fosters the spirit of innovation in the student community. The class has recognized that while BITS is among the top institutions in the country in attributes like academic input and overall personality development, the research efforts need to be stepped up. Consequently, a significant part of the endowment will be devoted to rewarding original research by undergraduate and post-graduate students. Awards have been instituted for outstanding projects presented at Apogee. Financial assistance has also been made available to students for getting papers published in reputed journals and for presenting papers at conferences. These initiatives by the class align very well with BITS administration’s goal of putting it among the top few research institutions in the country by 2020.”

The testimonials from the students show the impact these scholarships/awards have made in the student community.

“I would like to thank the Class of 1966-’71 for encouraging research activities in the form of quality papers through such financial aid initiatives”

 – Shreyas Vatsa, Winner of financial assistance for paper publication

“The paper publication assistance is a great initiative by the Class of 1966-’71 BITS, Pilani. It has inspired me to pursue research and publish paper in a reputed journal. This will motivate students and enthuse them to pursue research in their areas of interest. I am extremely grateful to the Class of 1966-’71 for coming up with this initiative for promoting research among students.”

– Soumendu Sinha, Winner of financial assistance for paper publication

If you would like to setup an award/scholarship please write to scholarships@bitsaa.org.

The journey after BITSAA Global 30 Under 30 Awards…

2005 Winners

Suhail Kassim (Award Category – All Round Leadership)

Current Location: Washington DC, USA.

After a stint as a private equity investor at Tata Industries, he joined the World Bank in 2007. Currently a Specialist and  Fellow with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation where he has worked on financial and private sector development in nine countries, including five conflict countries. He is the core member of eleven World Bank financing operations totaling over US$ 4 billion, including a record-size US$ 2 billion loan to capitalize India’s public sector banks.

Apart from these, he also co-authored several peer-reviewed publications on investment climate, industrial competitiveness and microfinance. He was awarded the Chevening Senior Scholarship and attended the Gurukul Leadership Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009.  Jury Member at The Power of Ideas 2010, India’s largest enrepreneurial platform. He taught entrepreneurship and finance at BITS Pilani (via BITS Embryo) in 2011 and Delhi University in 2010. Currently co-founding two tech-based social ventures at MIT. Also he Serves as an advisory board director with Harvard Kennedy School incubated nonprofit Shiksha Sankalp and communications advisory firm Barapani.

Other awards/recognitions: At the World Bank Group – World Bank-IFC Fellowship 2010, Vice Presidential Unit Team Award 2009, Green Award 2009, Spot Award 2008.

Favourite Quote: “Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” – Doug Ivester

Greatest inspiration: Three legends from the subcontinent: Muhammad Yunus, Verghese Kurien and Abdul Sattar Edhi.

Message to BITSians: The word “impossible” must never exist in the lexicon of a BITSian.

Kartik Hosanagar (Award Category – Academia & Research)

Current Location: New York/ Philadelphia.

After winning 30U30 award in 2005, he founded Yodle, a search engine marketing platform. Yodle is a venture-backed company that has been listed as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US. He also became youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School of Business. Even more, he is listed among the Top 40 Business professors in the world by Poets and Quants

Other awards/recognition: Several teaching and research awards at Wharton

Favourite Quote : The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

Message to BITSians : Dream big, work hard, connect with people.

Mahesh Ramasubramanian (Award Category – Arts & Culture)

Current Location: Redwood City, CA, working at DreamWorks Animation.

He is part of the creative leadership team on feature-length computer-animated movies – currently wrapping up Madagascar-3 as the visual effects supervisor on the project. He completed an MBA with Entertainment & Media Management focus from UCLA-Anderson 2006-2009.He also helped set up the DreamWorks Animation Bangalore office in 2008. Apart from this he started BITS PS-2 station at DreamWorks Animation in 2008 and so far had 17 students interns in California and hired 10 of
them in their Bangalore office.

Favourite Quote: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French author and aviator.

Greatest Inspiration: To put a smile on my kids’ faces.

Message to BITSians: Engage with stories, be part of designing, and have opinions.

 Manik Pullagurla (Award Category – Academia & Research)

 Current Location: Hyderabad, India

After completing my Ph.D. he worked for a few years in US. He returned back to India to start a Pharmaceutical company by the name Biophore India Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd in 2007. Biophore is a research based company with focus on developing technologies for complex active pharmaceutical ingredients. They have filed several patents with commercial value as a research company.

Favourite Quote: Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more than any other –Abraham Lincoln

Greatest inspiration: Dr. Jagadeesh Rangisetty also a fellow BITSian has always been his inspiration right through his college days.

Message to BITSians: Never look back at the decisions you make always work hard to make them successful.

Jagadeesh Krishnan (Award Category – Innovation)

Current Location: NY metropolitan area

Post 30U30 award, he completed his MBA from Harvard Business School (2007-2009).

Other awards/recognition: He is the Director of Marketing at a promising Carbon Capture startup

Favorite quote: “You can have anything you want – if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose” – Abraham Lincoln

Greatest inspiration: Abraham Lincoln

Message to BITSians: Believe in God and yourself. Treasure your family and friends.

 

2009 Winners

Ankit Mittal (Award Category – Social Entrepreneurship)

Current Location: Gurgaon, Haryana.

Ankit has corporate and business experience of about 2.5 years since his graduation in 2009 while working in Mittal Textiles (a new manufacturing unit setup with his father) and ZS Associates. While he was working in ZS Associates, he co-founded Solv-Us Inc. (a start-up for operations improvement solutions to SMEs). Dual exposure of corporate culture and on-field implementation of ideas through Solv-Us helped gain useful insights to launch a business of larger scale. Contacts made through Solv-us helped him to incubate a new plan for setting up a new manufacturing unit to give shape to his product ideas. He then resigned from ZS Associates in Jan, 2012 and started Tech Four industries (P) Ltd. Capital investments has been made and the company will be able to Research, design, prototype, mold a product idea and subsequently mass produce and assemble it under one roof. The company is working on developing portable water purifier as one of the initial products (which was also one of the project ideas prototyped by me in BITS). The company envisions making practical and technically advanced product lines inspired by projects made during his engineering days. Company also envisions launching its own brand of home appliances in India, in long term.

Favourite Quote : “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do” – Epictetus

Message to BITSians : Just don’t decide your career path based on what others are doing, but what you want others to follow.

Kathikeyan Vijayakumar (Award Category – Leadership/Sports)

Current Location: Chennai, India

Post 30U30 award, he founded Twenty19.com in 2010. The company is started to provide practical learning opportunities to college students. It is now a top college student portal in India – students from over 2000 colleges across India use twenty19.com. Over 2400 companies use Twenty19.com to recruit college student Interns. He keeps himself involved with community work at Deepam.in on weekends and continues to run marathons / pursue other sports.

Other awards/recognition : Invited to speak at TEDx conferences.

Favourite Quote : “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” -Goethe

Greatest inspiration : My dad, for ‘ keeping at it ‘ for decades.

Message to BITSians :   Go out and make things happen. Its the Action / Doing that makes all the difference.

Vikram Sampath (Award Category – Literature)

Current Location: Bangalore

When he was awarded the 30U30 recognition from BITSAA, he was just one book old! His first book ‘Splendours of Royal Mysore: the untold story of the Wodeyars’ has just been released. 3 years down, he has two more to his credit : ‘My name is Gauhar Jaan!– the life and times of a musician’ (released in 2010) tracing the life story of India’s first classical musician to record on the gramophone and ‘Voice of the Veena: S Balachander, a biography’ (released in 2012) on the genius Veena maestro Dr S Balachander. He also contributed to an anthology titled ‘Bollywood’s Top 20’ (released in 2012) which included a host of contributions by several eminent authors of India. His piece was on the legendary singer KL Saigal. The book on Gauhar Jaan was recently recognized by the country’s highest literary body, the National Academy of Letters or the Sahitya Akademi through its first Yuva Puraskar for English Literature. The same book also won the ARSC International Award for Excellence in Historical Research in New York as the first Indian book to make it there in the last 22 years of the inception of the award. The book is also being translated into Bengali, Marathi and Hindi. He have also been the recepient of the prestigious fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin for 2010-11 where he studied the early gramophone recordings of Indian music. He has established an ‘Archive of Indian Music’ as a private trust and this seeks to digitize and preserve old gramophone recordings of the country for posterity. He has recently received the Research and Documentation grant from the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) to study the impact of the gramophone recordings on South Indian music and women performers.

Other awards/recognition: The book on Gauhar Jaan was appreciated by a host of people ranging from the Vice President of India Mr Hamid Ansari and Smt Sonia Gandhi, who also invited him for a meeting with her at 10, Janpath; as also stalwarts in the field of Indian classical music like Pt Jasraj, Pt Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and others, as also icons like Smt Rajashree Birla, Mr Shyam Benegal and Mr Karan Johar. More recently he was featured in the Society Magazine’s top 50 young achievers of India, sharing space with the likes of Rahul Gandhi, Ranbir Kapoor, Siddharth Mallya and others !

Favourite Quote: ‘If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasnt been written yet, then you must be the one to write it’ – Toni Morrison and ‘Be the change that you want to see in the world’- Mahatma Gandhi

Greatest inspiration: Swami Vivekanada ….. and my mother!
Message to BITSians: Always be honest to your work–pandering to the market forces all the time might help in the short run, but especially in the field of art and literature it is finally your honesty that wins the day for you. After all what comes from the heart reaches another heart!

Roshan Sumbaly (Award Category – Academia & Research)

Current Location: San Francisco, California

Roshan Graduated from Stanford and joined LinkedIn, which was a relatively small company back then. He wrote many technical papers which were highly acclaimed along with giving invited lectures at various forums. He is passionate about Parallel/Distributed and Cloud Computing.

Other awards/recognition:  Received a fellowship from RPSEA – CEES (Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America – Stanford Center for Computational Earth & Environmental Sciences) on grounds of his research contributions at Stanford University.

Greatest inspiration: Parents and grandparents. He still feels that he hasn’t done even 1% of what they have done for him!

Message to BITSians: Grow, but remember your roots.

Shashikant Khandelwal (Award Category – Entrepreneurship)

Current Location: Silicon Valley, USA

Shashikant is the Chair of BITSConnect 2.0. This is a $5.5M project and will be the largest deployment of video conferencing done in any educational institute in India. It will tightly connect all 4 campuses for teaching and administration, and is a big leap forward in realising the Vision 2020 for BITS. While giving back to his alma mater, he also ensures that the company he co-founded, TheFind does extremely well.

Favourite Quote: ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’

Greatest inspiration: Its not a surprise that he gets inspired from Prem Jain, another fellow BITSian

Message to BITSians: Don’t be afraid to follow the road less travelled.

Phanindra Sama (Award Category – Entrepreneurship)

Current Location: Bangalore, India

Phani, the co-founder and CEO of redBus, India’s first online bus ticket booking service. Started in 2005, today redBus is the largest online bus ticketing company in India. It has the largest network of bus operators and offers over 4500 routes across the Indian map. He has also been chosen as a Global Shaper 2011 of the World Economic Forum. Phani was selected by Endeavor as a high impact entrepreneur and was recently awarded ‘Innovation for India Award.

Other awards/recognition : redBus is ranked 48 in the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. It is also ranked # 1 (~growth rate of 4823%), amongst the fastest growing companies in India by All World Network, Founded by Prof. Michael Porter. Also got awarded startup of the year award by IMAI in 2010. Phani was awarded the Entrepreneur of the year award under IT / ITES category by ET NOW in 2011. The company is amongst the Business Insider top 20 international startups to be watched apart from being the award winner of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India award 2 times in a row; 2010 and 2011.redBus technology is ranked amongst the top 5 winners of the prestigious CIO Asia Award in Singapore in 2011

Favourite Quote: “When you talk, talk as if you are right; When others talk, listen as if you might be wrong”

BITSAA Global 30 Under 30 Awards – Announcing the Panel of Judges

***Nomination submission deadline extended to April 30, 2012***

We are very happy to announce the panel of judges for the third edition of BITSAA Global 30 Under 30 Awards. Please find below a brief write-up about each of the 9 judges.

To nominate yourself or your fellow BITSians, please fill and submit the online form available at http://www.bitsaa.org/?page=30u30nominations

Prof. B N Jain (Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani)

Professor Bijendra Nath Jain obtained B. Tech. from IIT Kanpur and Ph. D. from SUNY, Stony Brook (NY), both in Electrical Engg. Until 2010, he was with IIT Delhi, where he was Professor of Computer Science. He has held visiting assignments with Universities of Texas and Maryland, Bell Labs, and Cisco Systems. Most recently, he was a Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow at University of Western Australia, Perth. Other than authoring a large number of research papers in international journals and conferences, he has co-authored the book “OSI: Its Architecture and Protocols” published in 1993 by McGraw Hill, New York, and translated into Japanese by Soft Research. He is also a co-inventor, with researchers from Cisco Systems, in seven US patents. He comes across as a man who desires change, who strives for betterment and refuses to settle for anything less than excellence.

 Raju Reddy (President & Chairman, BITSAA International)

Raju Reddy is an alumnus of the graduating class of 1981 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sierra Atlantic (recently acquired by Hitachi Consulting). He now serves on the boards of both Hitachi Consulting U.S. and Hitachi Consulting India entities. He worked at Intel for 10 years in “software development, marketing and general management” before moving on to create “one of the top 75 most Admired companies in Silicon Valley, Top 25 great places to work in India and Top 10 best employers in South China” in Sierra Atlantic. Among other things, Raju serves as a member of the BITS Pilani Board of Directors, a Charter member of TiE Silicon Valley, Board of Trustees for Puente, a Wharton School non-profit program and more recently the India Community Center, Milpitas.

Kris Ramachandran (Advisor to Chairman, Aditya Birla Group)

An Electrical Engineer from BITS Pilani, with a Post-graduate degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kris started his career with the Tata Administrative Service (TAS). The major part of Kris’s career has been with two Companies: Philips Electronics, and Voltas, a Tata Group Company, and his experience has been across a wide range of assignments cutting across functions and industries. He is currently engaged with the Aditya Birla Group as an Advisor for the Group’s Higher Education Project in which assignment he is working with the BITS Pilani leadership to plan and implement a 3-year strategy to raise the Institute’s excellence to the next level. Kris is also an Independent Director on the Boards of Thomas Cook India and Infotech Enterprises.

Dr. Ashok Agarwal (Entrepreneur; Adjunct Professor at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus)

A Gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani, Dr.Ashok Agarwal did his Masters and Doctoral Programme from University of Minnesota. He started his career with Bell Telephone Laboratories and then spent time at Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta as a Professor of MIS during 1969 to 1986. He has been a consultant to numerous organizations and member of various academic and parliamentary committees like Railway Reforms Committee, Parliamentary Committee for Chief controller of Imports and Exports etc. From 1986 onwards Dr. Agarwal was involved in setting up various IT organizations such as SQL Star International; Era Software Systems (P) ltd, ACS Technologies Ltd. and Cyber Media India Ltd. in India which proved his talent as an entrepreneur. He was also instrumental in setting up the BITSAA India Trust.

 Prof. Reena Aggarwal (Professor, Georgetown University)

Prof.Reena Aggarwal graduated with an MMS degree from BITS, Pilani and received a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Maryland. She specializes in initial public offerings, investment banking, institutional investors, stock prices, valuation, securities market regulation, stock exchange demutualization and corporate governance. She teaches courses in Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Investment Banking. She has been named among “Outstanding Faculty” in the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools. She is the Robert E. McDonough Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Finance at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington, DC. She has held various positions including Interim Dean and Deputy Dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. Dr.Aggarwal is a frequent guest on local and international radio and television stations. Her research and comments have been cited in the CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes among other publications.

Prof. Krishna Saraswat (Professor, Stanford University)

Prof. Krishna Saraswat is Rickey/Nielsen Professor in the School of Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Materials Science & Engineering (by courtesy) at Stanford University. He received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1974. He serves as the Chair of Stanford’s Materials Council and as the Associate Director of the NSF/SRC Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing. He also serves on the leadership council of the MARCO/DARPA-funded Focus Center for Materials, Structurs, and nano-Devices. Prof. Saraswat has authored or co-authored over 500 technical papers, of which six have received Best Paper Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of both The Electrochemical Society and The Materials Research Society. Prof. Saraswat holds a B.E. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1968. He holds a M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA. in 1969 and 1974 respectively.

Anurag Jain (Entrepreneur)

Mr. Jain has more than 15 years of management, operations, consulting and business start-up experience. Mr. Jain began his career as a management consultant with Gemini Consulting, where he launched wireless operations for telecom carriers worldwide.  He then founded two India-based outsourcing businesses.  Mr. Jain co-founded and served as head of operations for Brigade Corporation, a customer support company with 1,300 customer support employees across centers in the , Europe, and then founded Vision Healthsource, a business focused on providing outsourcing services to healthcare providers and payers that was sold to Perot Systems in 2003 where he served as a senior leader . Mr. Jain holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a BE degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani. With his in-depth background and thought leadership in establishing globally-delivered workflow-system-based operations, he speaks at a numerous key business conferences each year.

 Phanindra Sama (Entrepreneur & Winner of 30 Under 30 Awards, 2009)

Phanindra Sama is the Founder and CEO of redBus, India’s First Online Bus Ticket Booking Service. Started in 2005, today redbus is the largest online bus ticketing company in India. It has the largest network of bus operators.  It offers over 4500  routes across the Indian map.  Customers can book tickets as per their convenience – be it the phone, home delivery, physical outlets or even SMS.Phanindra recieved his  Electrical Engineering degree from BITS Pilani and Post- Graduation from Indian Institute of Science. Prior to redbus, he worked at ST Electronics and Texas Instruments.  Apart from being a 30 Under 30 award winner in 2009, he was selected by Endeavor  as a high impact entrepreneur and was recently awarded ’Innovation for India Award’.

 Manoj Saxena (Tech Entrepreneur; General Manager, IBM Watson)

Manoj Saxena is a serial entrepreneur, accomplished CEO, inventor, investor and philanthropist with interests in education, innovation an automotive racing.Saxena is currently the General Manager for IBM Watson Solutions. In this capacity he is responsible for the commercialization and scaling of IBM Watson, a new class of industry specific analytical solutions. He has successfully founded, scaled and sold two venture-backed software companies within a five year span: Webify, industry-specific SOA middleware and Exterprise, a business process collaboration software company. Over the course of his career he has been chosen for various awards including being named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Inter@ctive Week magazine in 2001, “IT Technologist of the Year” by Innotech in 2006 and awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award” by Michigan State University in 2001. He received his undergraduate degree in MMS from BITS Pilani.

Thanks & Regards

BITSAA Awards Committee

Anupendra Sharma, Rohit Koul, Sherin Kurian