2020 National Elections
We are pleased to announce that IITMAANA is conducting its biennial National elections. IITMAANA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by and for the alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. We invite you to participate in the elections to help strengthen our alumni community in North America.
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. Only members in the 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 the database by creating a Member Account.
Each candidate for a position must be nominated on the Nomination Form (click here to download). 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.
|Jun 3-Jul 5, 2020||Elections Announcement, and Call for Nominations|
|AUG 15||Deadline to receive Nominations|
|AUG 15||Announcement of Candidates|
|TBA||Announcement of results of the election|
|TBA||The new committee assumes responsibility for positions|
The Terms for all Officers National end Dec 31st 2021.
The national elections will cover the following positions:
President - The President is responsible for the overall Engagement, Health and Growth of IITMAANA IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America, a 501(3c) non-profit organization. In this role the President will work with Board Members to bring together Chapters operating teams to organize events both at a national and chapter level. The President will work closely with the IITMAA - IIT Madras Alumni Association, and IITMF - IIT Madras Foundation, and the Institute - the Office of Alumni Affairs to enable the overall engagement of IITMAANA. The President is also responsible for working closely with PanIIT and other related organizations to help bring awareness and engagement of the IIT Madras within the IIT alumni community.
Vice-President - The Vice-President is primarily responsible for Operational activities of the IITMAANA IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America, a 501(3c) non-profit organization. In this role the Vice-President will work with the President and other Board Members to help in organizational activities across the US, both at a national and chapter level.
Treasurer - The Treasurer is responsible for the overall financial health, accounting of finances and filing of taxes for IITMAANA, a 501(3c) non-profit organization. The Treasurer role as a voting board member is to advise on current financial health and ability for the Board to fund new initiatives and chapters. The Treasurer will work closely with IITMF treasury to ensure the proper account of funds as per the revenue share agreement between the organizations.
Secretary - The Secretary is responsible for the overall documentation and records related to the operations of IITMAANA, a 501(3c) non-profit organization.
By default, the elected offers are members of the IITMAANA Board, and hold voting rights on decisions related to the operations of IITMAANA. Other Board members include: IITMF CEO - Girish Muckai, IITMAA/MAANA Representative - Amulya Panyam; Honorary Board Members such as past presidents.
The 2020 Elections will not cover Chapter elections due to COVID-19. The Board determined that opportunities to assemble are limited and will not help a new team to be able to effectively conduct their business. A decision will be made at a later time toward end of 2020 regarding Chapter Election timing.
Please direct questions about the Election process to the Election Commissioners.
Mukesh Sundaram and Justin Thomas
Election Commissioner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
IITM Alumni helping in the fight against COVID-19
With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, our alumni have contributed generously in many ways to both efforts in the US and in India. We have raised more than $20,000 both at a national and chapter level in relief funds, and helped purchase of critically needed PPE supplies to hospitals in the New York/New Jersey area. There is one more reason for us to proud of our alma-mater.
We have several alumni actively involved in leadership roles in the R&D and Manufacture of critical medical technology for COVID-19. Below are two such profiles - Dr. Madhav Marathe, Rekha Ranganathan and Rajesh Sunderasan.
Bio: Madhav Marathe has extensive experience in modeling and studying infectious diseases. His group has supported almost every outbreak response in the US since 2002, including planning for the H5N1 in 2005, H1N1 in 2009, MERS in 2012, Ebola in 2014 and Zika in 2015.
Madhav is an endowed Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity, Director of the Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing (NSSAC) Division, Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative at the University of Virginia, and an alumnus of IIT Madras.
In a recent interview with The Hindu he describes the challenges of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses India’s potential response. Here are a few excerpts:
What is the challenge in modeling or studying a pandemic, COVID-19 in particular?
Covid-19 presents a number of new challenges in my opinion. In this case, three things happened: (1) The pandemic started in a densely populated region of the world unlike Ebola, which started near Liberia in West Africa; (2) Unlike West Africa, China is much more strongly connected with the world, in terms of economic activity and human mobility; and (3) the incubation period of the disease is longer than many other flu viruses. Moreover, a large number of people – the silent spreaders – don’t show any symptoms at all while being infectious. This makes it hard to track the spread of the disease. Finally, the social and economic impact of this pandemic will go way beyond any disaster we have seen in a long time. Recovering from this impact will require a coordinated global response.
Different countries are responding differently to this virus. So when you are trying to understand it as a scientist, what would you say are the key differences in modeling it?
The way we address how to understand the spread is to build the digital twin of the city. If you want to understand infectious diseases in a large city such as Chennai, then you want to build a realistic social contact network that represents Chennai. In the social network each node is a person and the edge between each person reflects their social connectivity. For example if you and your neighbour come into contact with each other, there will be an edge between you and the neighbour. The problem is the difficulty in constructing these network in the first place. Especially when studying social networks for a large city like Chennai; once the number is more than 15 or 20 nodes, it becomes very hard to synthesise such networks.
We came up with a novel way of constructing a synthetic representation of this network. i.e. a network representation that statistically captures the interactions but need not necessarily be identical to the population.
You can find the full interview with Dr. Madhav Marathe in The Hindu. You can find his research page here - https://covid19.biocomplexity.virginia.edu/. Some of the above work is in collaboration with Prof. Aravind Srinivasan at U. Maryland (also an IITM alumnus). Dr. Marathe has been invited by the ACM and is also presenting his work to the Governer's office in Virginia. In his words "We are passionate about this work and feel is the best way for me as a scientist to contribute to the society."
Bio: Rekha Ranganathan is the President and CEO, CAE Healthcare at CAE Healthcare. In her role, she is responsible for the overall Global P&l for CAE Healthcare reporting to the Global CEO and the Board. She has deep experience in Emerging Markets - India, China and Brazil, and her specialities include Medical devices, health care and high technology. Rekha is an alumnus of Wharton School, University of California, Berkeley, and an alumnus of IIT Madras.
CAE shifted gears to create a ventilator after the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center issued a challenge for an easy-to-use, low-cost ventilator design. A ventilator essentially requires parts to pump air, valves to control pressure, sensors to monitor pressure and electronics so healthcare workers can monitor what’s happening. CAE leveraged both its parts and manufacturing tech to address this challenge. More information is available here.
In addition, CAE Healthcare is helping Healthcare professionals all over the world on training and to seek better solutions on training especially with COVID-19. Link is www.caehealthcare.com
Brief Bio of Dr. Rajesh Sundaresan: After graduating from IITM in ECE, I went to Princeton for a PhD in EE. Subsequently, I worked on 3G modems at Qualcomm from 1999-2005 and then joined IISc in 2005 where I'm currently a professor in the ECE department. I am currently the convenor of the Centre for Networked Intelligence at IISc, and an associate faculty of the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems. At these centres, we mostly work on research related to smart city solutions. https://ece.iisc.ac.in/~rajeshs/
COVID-19 related work: We are working on an agent-based model to simulate epidemic spread in a big city. Of course you will know that we are in a lockdown, initially imposed for 21 days and then extended to 40 days. We want to use our tool to explore and compare various post-lockdown scenarios. Together with TIFR Mumbai, we wrote a report on unlocking the lockdown in India with a focus on Bengaluru and Mumbai.
Madhav, Rekha and Rajesh's work are outstanding examples of how IITM alumni are helping fight this global pandemic, and we wish them the very best. Are you aware of other IITM Alumni actively involved in helping solve the problems created by COVID-19? Please let us know!
IIT Madras Technology Summit in the Bay Area Saturday, 8 Sep 2018 ServiceNow, Santa Clara, CA, U.S.A.
IIT Madras Technology Summit in the Bay Area
Saturday, 8 Sep 2018
ServiceNow, Santa Clara, CA, U.S.A.
IIT Madras is India’s #1 engineering College – for the THIRD year in a row !!!
San Francisco Bay Area hosts
IIT Madras Technology Summit
Sep 8 at ServiceNow, Santa Clara, CA
Theme: Frontiers in AI
Super Early Bird Registrations expiring soon
IITMAANA Bay Area Bridge Tournament
30 June 2018 – San Jose Bridge Center, San Jose, CA, U.S.A.
The IITMAANA Bay Area Chapter hosted its 2018 Bridge Tournament at the San Jose Bridge Center in San Jose, CA. This inaugural event attracted several Bridge enthusiasts, who were subjected to bouts of nostalgia from their Bridge-playing days on campus. Many of them had not played Bridge in a long time, and did not have a partner. But, the organizers ensured that everyone who showed up was matched with a partner, and had an entertaining afternoon of Bridge. Lunch and snacks were available in abundance, but the spirit and camaraderie on display showed the IITM bond was strong across the decades. There was representation from every decade starting with the 1970’s, with the youngest player from the 2015 batch. But, the real piece de resistance was seeing the 80+ year-old mother of an Alum matching her wits against the rest of the players.
Here are some PHOTOS taken at the event.
This event was organized by the IITMAANA Bay Area Chapter Committee – Shoba Sivasankar, Mohan Kompella, Niran Kundapur, and Naren Nayak. Special thanks are due to Dinesh Nettar, who put in a tremendous effort to plan and organize the tournament, while also acting as the tournament Director.
The spirit of IITM is flying high!
Prepared By: Naren Nayak, President, IITMAANA, Bay Area Chapter
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
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
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.
Election officer, IITMAANA
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
“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.Read more