'81 BTech, Chemical Engineering
Prior to that, he was CEO of TSI Semiconductors, a niche, specialty analog mixed-signal foundry focused on technologies and manufacturing services serving emerging technology products. For the past 30 years, Sagar has held executive and senior-level operations, engineering, and technology management positions at such analog & mixed-signal companies as Intersil, Maxim, National Semiconductor, Saratoga Semiconductor, and AMD. Previously an Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures, Sagar continues to serve in board and advisory roles for many system and medical device companies. In addition, he has held board positions in various industry consortiums, including the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and the Fab Owners Association (FOA).
Sagar's mix of experience from technology development to manufacturing gives him a well-rounded view on how to innovate, adapt to new environments, and serve customers that are on the leading edge of technology. Even on the weekends, you’ll find him in coffee, lunch, and wine settings, learning about new businesses and how they operate. He thrives on working with customers of all sizes, helping them explore new breakthrough technologies and achieve operational excellence. Sagar is passionate about expanding IITM alumni outreach in North America, working with the leadership team, esteemed alumni and various local chapters. He intends to collaborate with various support organizations and maximize social, professional and 'giving' initiatives among alumni in North America. Sagar holds a BTech degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras (1981), and MS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Kansas (1984).
'79 BTech, Chemical Engineering
Dhinakar’s research expertise is in bioprocess engineering, recombinant mammalian and microbial cell cultures, bioreactor design and operating strategies, metabolic engineering, and modeling of biological growth and production processes. He trained over 30 graduate and postdoctoral researchers, most of whom have joined the biotechnology industry. He served on editorial boards of the Journal of Biotechnology, International Journal of Biological Sciences and as Section Editor of BMC Biotechnology.
Dhinakar was co-founder of a biotech startup company, Richcore Lifesciences Private Limited, in Bangalore, India in July 2008. He served as the Chief Scientific Officer, Director of R&D, and on the Board of Directors of this growing company until November 2012. Taking a phased early retirement from the University of Colorado in May 2014, Dhinakar is now devoting full time to his new biotech startup, Sudhin Biopharma Company in Superior, CO and its subsidiary R&D operations at Sudhin Biotech Private Limited in Chennai, India.
'92 MTech, Computer Science
Andy holds a M. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering degree from IIT-M. He served in India after M Tech, as an Assistant Director of LRNG/LRDE, a ministry of defense project that developed radar networking and automation of data analysis capabilities and helped Indian Air Force with safer navigation of supersonic fighter & bomber aircraft. Before getting into IIT, Andy earned B.E (Hons) ECE degree from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and served as a direct entry Aeronautical engineering officer managing a fighter aircraft squadron for the Air Force.
Andy is passionate about driving significantly more engagement of IITMAANA community in North Eastern U S and Canada. He is willing to take lessons learned from Bay Area and adopt an approach that can work in east coast. He plans to collaborate with distinguished alum and former President of IITMAANA Robert Nathan to implement a sustainable e web strategy for IITMAANA. With active participation from everyone in our community and support from the board, he plans to leverage web portal capabilities to drive larger engagement and develop a thriving IITMAANA community
'81 PhD & '72 MSc, Chemistry
He cherishes his first job most (voluntary) - as a clerk, accountant, secretary in a local co-operative society in India during his high school and early college years. No doubt he volunteered being the Treasurer. He moved recently from New Jersey to the Bay Area. As an IITM alumnus, he wants to be involved in working with a group of very nice enthusiastic people, especially in the Bay Area.