IITMAANA Bay Area Gajendra Circle Conference

31 March 2018 – Google, Mountain View, CA, U.S.A.


The IITMAANA Bay Area Chapter hosted its 2018 Gajendra Circle Conference & Networking Event at the Google campus in Mountain View, CA. This annual, day-long event was attended by around 100 people, including spouses and children, from the IITM Alumni community. The conference had a variety of panels catering to the diverse interests of the Alumni community. New, this year, was the Pitch Perfect segment featuring IITM Alums “pitching” their companies, ideas, and products to the audience. This segment gave the attendees an opportunity to learn about businesses, small and large, in different industries.

A key facet of this event was to allow attendees to network. And, there were plenty of opportunities to do this – in between panels, during lunch, and at the Social Hour (it actually was much longer!) at the end of the day. The TARAMS hangout serving tea, coffee, snacks, and beverages helped set the mood and revive nostalgic memories from life at the IITM campus. Sale of IITM memorabilia was brisk. Overall, it was good to see old friends catching up, and many new friendships being formed.

Here are some PHOTOS taken at the event. And, these are the videos:

Pitch Perfect Segment

Gnani Palanikumar, CEO Quest (Pitch Perfect segment)

Nikhil Raj, Paysa.com (Pitch Perfect segment)

Ravi Polisetty, Vlocity Inc. (Pitch Perfect segment)


Blockchain Unleashed!

Caring for Family Separated by the Seven Seas

Innovation to Product - What's a Successful Go-to-Market Strategy?

AI, AI Everywhere - What Can an IITian Do?


The IITMAANA Bay Area Chapter thanks Google for being the Event Sponsor and providing us its facility. We are grateful to all the panelists and speakers for their time and effort. Our sincere thanks to the volunteers who helped run the event. Our gratitude to the Organizing Committee – Anish Kadavil, Mohan Kompella, Pradeep Madhavarapu, Shishir Rai, Shoba Sivasankar, and Vaibhav Sharma for their tireless efforts. Finally, we appreciate the support of all the attendees for helping make this event a grand success. We look forward to seeing many more from the IITM Alumni community at future IITMAANA events.

It’s good to see the spirit of IITM is flying high!


Prepared By: Naren Nayak, President, IITMAANA, Bay Area Chapter

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Results of 2018 Bay Area Elections

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Bay Area Elections


 SF Bay Area Chapter, 2018-2019 Elections

We are organizing elections for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for the SF Bay Area Chapter. for a 2-year term ending on Dec 31, 2019.  This team is responsible to conduct events for the benefit of IITMAANA members in the SF Bay Area, and such other events in the Bay Area as directed by IITMAANA's Board.  The Bay Area Chapter committee reports to the IITMAANA Board.

Residents of North America who have affiliation with IIT-M (alumni, past faculty, and their immediate family - children over 18 years and parents) are members of IITMAANA.  Bay Area residents (the seven counties) are also members of the Bay Area Chapter.

Note, however, that only members in our database can participate in IITMAANA elections.  If you wish to be a candidate for office, or to nominate or second a candidate, or to vote in the elections, please ensure you are registered in our database.

Alumni, their spouses and past faculty from the Bay Area can be candidates for these elected offices.  Each candidate for a position must be nominated on the Nomination Form (click here to download) by a member of the Bay Area Chapter, and seconded by a member of the Bay Area Chapter.  Once nominated and seconded, the candidate must accept the nomination and provide a statement, and return the Nomination form to the Elections Commissioner.  Optionally, the candidate may include a photograph.  Candidates will be publicized (photograph and statement) on the IITMAANA web-site for the duration of the elections.

Schedule for the elections:

Mar 5, 2018  Elections Announcement, and Call for Nominations
Mar 25, 2018   Deadline to receive nominations
Mar 25, 2018  Announcement of Candidates for the 4 positions
Mar 25-30, 2018 Voting
March 31, 2018  Announcement of results of the election
April 1, 2018 The new committee assumes responsibility for IITMAANA Bay Area Chapter activities.

Please direct questions about the election process to the Elections Commissioner.

Chili Sastry

B.Tech, EE, 1974, Godavari

Elections Commissioner (electionofficer@iitmaana.org)

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Results of the 2017 Board Member Elections

At the close of nominations, the following nominations were received for the IITMAANA Board posts:

President: Prasanna Vinjamuri, ’93 ME

Vice President: Srinath  Chigullapalli, ’99 Met

Secretary: Amarendra Nettem, ’89 Civil

Treasurer: Ram Vemuri, ’95 CS&E

 As there were just 1 nominations per post, the Board has decided to forego the voting process. On behalf of IITMAANA, we welcome the new board members and we look forward to their leadership in the future.


Mukesh Sundaram

Election officer, IITMAANA



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Inaugural meeting of IITMAANA Boston Chapter

This is a special and exciting time for IITM’ and Alumni to come together with shared values and a common sense of purpose for significant contributions towards education, mentoring, career advice and motivation to young alumni from seasoned professionals, for potentially rewarding benefits to all members. The IIT Madras Foundation provides a strategic goal for all alumni to contribute towards the growth of their alma mater.

The Boston area is host to a vibrant community of IITM alumni working in technology, education and healthcare. In this spirit, IITMAANA conducted a Kick-off Event to inaugurate the IITMAANA Boston chapter.

On a balmy Saturday Fall afternoon of December 2, IITM alumni across generations gathered for an Inaugural meeting commemorating the IIT MAANA Boston Chapter and the building of a Network of IITM Chapters across the East Coast, held at the prestigious MIT Cambridge in Boston. There was a buffet of delicious food and drinks with scrumptious samosas, organized
by Sanjay Guruprasad. Thank you Sanjay!

An eclectic group of IIT Alumni enthusiastically participated and engaged in interactive discussions, brainstormed innovative ideas, expressed concern areas while providing guidance for a successful Boston chapter and for chapters being launched within the IITMAANA Network. A resounding THANK YOU to Dilip Subramanyam for his dedication, hard work and support over the last 10-20 years for creating and developing the IITMAANA Chapter in Boston. He has now passed the Torch forward to a new team who will spearhead and grow IITMAANA Boston into a thriving organization.

Please welcome the new Appointees for the Boston IITMAANA Chapter:

Roopesh Mathur - President
Suresh Sriramulu - Vice President
Sanjay Guruprasad - Secretary
Treasurer - to be appointed

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IITM tops 2017 NIRF rankings as the best engineering college in India

It is once again a proud moment for all of us and for our alma mater. IIT Madras has once again been ranked the top engineering college in India with a total score of 87.96, closely followed by IITB with a score of 87.87. This ranking is annually released by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), an arm of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, which evaluates an institute based on a number of parameters (details can be found here).

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Daan Utsav - Sponsor a student


Every year over 200 students at IITM require full or partial support for their education. Your donation can make a difference. IITM and IITMAANA have together setup the IITM Student Scholarship fund through which you can directly support a current student at IITM.



Please consider donating as part of the DAAN UTSAV week at IITM (see below for the flyer from the Deans' office)


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Researchers Reunion


“A trip to nostalgia now and then is good for the spirit.”

You are cordially invited to the IITM Researches Reunion. Join your fellow batchmates as we catch up, reminisce, and create new memories together! This is the first time we want to bring all researchers for a reunion from across all years of graduation. We invite all Ph.D., MS, M.Tech and Post-Docs who had the pleasure of doing research at IITM. This is a celebration of the bond we all have to IITM, that we are bonded by our spirit as seekers of truth, as toilers at the lab, our passion for science and research and most of all in celebration of the strong friendships we built there.

This will also be an opportunity to see the growth of IITM research, innovations, meet with current faculty and researchers and hear about their research pursuits.

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2017 Gajendra Circle Conference

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The Bay Area’s IITMAANA Chapter had its annual professional conference on Saturday, April 8, at the offices of ServiceNow in Santa Clara, CA. This year’s conference was attended by over  100 people from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. 

Our Keynote speaker was Mark Fulgham, a prominent figure in the Silicon Valley, and President of NTT Data Inc. While his decades of experience in the IT industry ensured that he has “seen it all”, he was most willing to share his viewpoints on the theme of the conference and other topics. Ashok Santhanam was the host for the Keynote Fireside. 

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IITMAANA 2016 Report

IITMAANA Accomplishments in 2016

We carried forward our momentum from last year and began this year on a promising note by helping the victims of the Chennai Floods, an unfortunate event which took place in November 2015.  Your spontaneous and enthusiastic response and contributions made a huge difference in the lives of the victims and also fostered a spirit of unity among the IITMAANA community.


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