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10 Outstanding Achievements Made by Indian Americans in 2012

Source : Silicon India News
Dec 31, 2012

Soumitra Dutta to Head Cornell's Business School


Soumitra 
Dutta, a 48 year old Indian American was appointed as the Dean of Cornell University’s Management School, on July 1, 2012. He is the first Indian origin to be in charge of a top American Business school.

 

Sunita Williams’ Second Space Mission


Sunita Williams spent 6 months at the International Space Station and was successful in coming up with new records. She was the commander of Expedition 33 on the International Space Station.


Williams took off on her space mission on 14 July from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. While returning after her expedition, 
Williams had yet another record to add to her professional career-the most spacewalking time by a female at 50 hours and 40 minutes over seven career excursions.

 

Indians' Hand in NASA's Most Ambitious Mission- 'Mars Curiosity Rover


Many Indians were involved in the 'Mars Curiosity Rover, who helped in the successful landing of ‘curiosity’ on Mars.

Ravi Prakash, a NASA rock scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory helped in the process of entry, descent, and landing of NASA’s rover ‘Curiosity’

Anita Sengipta is an aerospace engineer and a member of the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) sequence team of the project.

   

 

Preet Bharara on Time Magazine Cover


Preet Bharara made it to the front cover of the magazine ‘Times of India’. It was the first time the magazine carried the photo of an Indian American on its front page with a story about his movement against corruption and irregularities in Wall Street Magazine.

 

The article came with the title 'This Man Is Busting Wall Street’ and under the title it is proclaimed "Prosecutor Preet Bharara collars the masters of the meltdown,". The article discussed about the "man who is bringing mob squad justice to Wall Street" and also questioned some of the methods used by Bharara, like wire tapping and doubts whether it will be permitted in court.

 

 

IITian Named Chancellor of California University


Khosla has been serving CMU as the dean for the last eight years and during his tenure he started curriculum reform, diversity efforts and organized multidisciplinary and multi-college research centres as well as international programmes. He has also extended an helping hand in the fund raising campaigns of the university such as for the establishment of a university wide energy institute (worth $100 million) and campaign for a 100,000 square foot College of Engineering building for biotech, energy and nanotechnology (worth $90 million).

 

Vivek Kundra Joins Salesforce.com as EVP


Vivek Kundra an Indian American joined Salesforce.com as Executive Vice President of emerging markets in January. Salesforce.com is a global enterprise software company which is best known for its customer relationship management.

 

Kundra was appointed as the first CIO of the United States, by the Obama administration in March 2009.His responsibilities as the CIO included adopting game-changing cloud computing technologies, empowering the cyber security posture of the nation and introducing an open government movement.

 

 

Arati Prabhakar  Appointed as Head of a Top U.S. Defense Agency

Arati Prabhakar, a New Delhi born Indian American was appointed as the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) by the Obama administration .It is an agency of the United States Department of Defense which works towards the development of new technology for use by the military.

 

Satyendra Huja Elected as Mayor of Charlottesville

 

Satyendra S Huja, a Sikh American was appointed as mayor of historic city of Charlottesville, Virginia. He was chosen by the five-member city council unanimously and would be serving the council for three years.

Huja said only few Sikh Americans reside in the city of Charlottesville,  which is located about115 miles from Washington and he also added that the Asian Americans in the city contribute to a population of just four percent in the city.

 

US Indian Scientist Rao Gets Patent for Cancer Treatment


Rao Papineni, chief scientist and senior principal investigator in medical applications of nanotechnology at Carestream Health, Inc USA received patent on a path-breaking innovation in the field of cancer.

Rao, along with his colleague Alan Pollack, chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Miami came up with a system in which a nano-particle carries the payload of anti-cancer drug and releases it only in the cancerous cell and this way the cells lying around are protected.

 

Groupon Hires Indian American as VP of Engineering


Groupon, the daily deals company based in Chicago appointed Vinayak Hedge as its new VP of engineering. He looks after the marketing technology expansion of the company, from Groupon’s office in Seattle and is also be responsible for a new office which will be set up in Seattle soon.

Hedge was in charge of payment management and various business units while he was working at Amazon, along with running Amazon’s “Traffic Systems” group.


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