Pan IIT American Leadership Award Winners Announced

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Pan IIT USA, Inc. today announced the winners of its first-annual Pan IIT American Leadership Awards, honoring exceptional achievements and contributions to American society by IIT alumni (http://www.iit.org). Award winners will be honored at a ceremony during the IIT Global Alumni conference in Chicago from Oct 9-11, 2009 (http://www.paniit2009.org) that features eminent speakers such as Former President Bill Clinton and business visionaries from America's leading corporations including Caterpillar, Cisco and Microsoft Research.

The IITs are renowned for producing some of the country's best global corporate leaders, academicians, technologists and entrepreneurs

Pan IIT USA, Inc. today announced the winners of its first-annual Pan IIT American Leadership Awards, honoring exceptional achievements and contributions to American society by IIT alumni (http://www.iit.org). Award winners will be honored at a ceremony during the IIT Global Alumni conference in Chicago from Oct 9-11, 2009 (http://www.paniit2009.org) that features eminent speakers such as Former President Bill Clinton and business visionaries from America's leading corporations including Caterpillar, Cisco and Microsoft Research.

"The IITs are renowned for producing some of the country's best global corporate leaders, academicians, technologists and entrepreneurs," said Jai Rawat, VP of marketing for Pan IIT USA and Chair of the Awards Committee. "Pan IIT recognizes the important contributions these alumni have made in American job creation, education and philanthropic initiatives, and we want to honor these individuals through the IIT American Leadership Awards."

The 2009 Pan IIT winners were selected from over 200 nominees by a panel of luminary judges. The winners are as follows:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. (Late) Rajeev Motwani, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

Rajeev was instrumental in the formation of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). He was an advisor to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and co-authored the early paper on the PageRank algorithm which formed the basis for Google. Sergey Brin acknowledged in a recent BBC interview that Google would not have been possible without Rajeev's mentoring and contribution. He went on to say in his blog "Today whenever you see a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it." Rajeev won several awards including the prestigious Gödel prize in 2001 which recognizes breakthroughs in theoretical computer science. He was an advisor/mentor/investor in many technology startups. Rajeev met an untimely death earlier this year.

  • Academic Excellence Award: Dr. Pradeep Khosla, Dean, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon Pradeep is recognized globally as an expert on robotics, embedded systems, technology education, innovation and cybersecurity. He has received several awards and is an elected Fellow of IEEE, AAAI, and AAAS. Pradeep has written three books, and more than 350 journal articles. Dr. Khosla is also a consultant and serves on the technology advisory boards of several American companies.
  • Corporate Excellence Award: Ms. Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO)

Padmasree was formerly the CTO of Motorola (NYSE:MOT). She is a highly successful corporate leader with a reputation for establishing processes that bring together a diversity of technical and business experts within an organization to develop disruptive and breakthrough innovations, speed development time to market, and improve the way people work, live play and learn. Padmasree was named as one of the four rising stars by Fortune magazine on its 2006 Most Powerful Women in Business list, and she was recently ranked 11th Most Influential Global Indian by the Economic Times of India.

  • Entrepreneurial Achievement Award: Dr. Suhas Patil, Chairman Emeritus Cirrus Logic, Chairman Digite and Cradle Technologies

Suhas was the founder of Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS), one of world's leading semiconductor companies. He was also a co-founder and visionary behind The Indus Entrepreneur, (TiE) now the largest entrepreneur organization in the world that nurtures and mentors entrepreneurs and young companies. Dr. Patil is an angel investor in several startups and he also serves on the boards of The Tech Museum and the World Affairs Council of Northern California. A 1965 graduate, he is still as active as ever and is currently working with two startups - Digite and Cradle Technologies.

  • Technology Leadership Award: Dr. Ravi Sethi, President, Avaya Labs

Perhaps best known for the "dragon book" which is a bible for compiler students, Ravi has had an exceptionally distinguished career in computing and mathematical sciences. A senior VP at Bell labs, Ravi headed two of the three research divisions there. He received the "Distinguished Technical Staff Award" in 1996 and he was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Ravi also served as CTO of Lucent's Communications Software Group (NYSE:LU).

"We are proud to celebrate the achievements of these outstanding individuals in so many diverse fields," said Umang Gupta, Co-chair of the board of directors, Pan IIT and CEO, Keynote Systems (NASDAQ:KEYN) while congratulating the winners. "They have helped to make the IITs in India one of the most elite educational institutions in the world today."

About Pan IIT

Pan IIT is an umbrella, global organization representing alumni from all Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) campuses. CBS 60 minutes described IIT as Harvard, MIT and Princeton all put together. Alumni from the IITs have made a significant impact in their chosen professions not only in India but also in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. IIT Alumni occupy positions of leadership at top universities, at leading research institutions, at small and large companies, in government, and at non-profits. For more information please visit http://www.iit.org.

Media Contact:
Jai Rawat, VP of Marketing, Pan IIT USA
408.242.4494

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