PANIIT-USA VISION AND MISSION
The Vision of PanIIT-USA is for the IIT’s to be acknowledged among the world’s leading institutions in academics, research excellence and innovation, and for its alumni to be recognized as leaders and innovators in their chosen fields.
The mission of PanIIT-USA is to draw upon the collective strengths of the IIT’s and its alumni in the USA to:
- Promote and enhance a common “IIT” brand for the IIT’s and its Alumni
- Share the best practices of alumni associations
- Assist in improving the governance of IITs for competing in the global education field
- Offer common Alumni services such as opportunities for professional networking and career advancement to help alumni achieve their professional goals
- Promote the spirit of giving back in the USA and to the IIT’s and to India
Prominent Alumni Representatives
- Praful Kulkarni (Chair Person)
- Suresh Shenoy
- Sundi Sundaresh
- Pradeep Khosla (Academic Affairs Advisor)
USA Executive Committee
- President: Siddhartha (Sid) Chowdhary, IIT Kharagpur
Sid the President and CEO of Credence Management Solutions, and the co-founder of Information Technology Growth Solutions. Sid also serves on the Board of Capital IIT Alumni Association since 2005. He received his B-Tech from IIT Kharagpur (1992), and has attended programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (KSG) and Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI).
- VP/Secretary: Arjun Sen, IIT Kharagpur
Arjun Sen is the president and founder of ZenMango®, a Denver-based strategic marketing consulting firm working a variety of companies that include hospitality, non-profits and charities, academic institutions, golf professionals, and other guest experience driven industries. Prior to founding ZenMango®, Arjun served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations Services for Papa John’s International Worldwide and as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Jillian’s Entertainment. Arjun’s previous experience also includes positions at The University of Colorado, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Boston Market, Pizza Hut, and Tata Iron and Steel. Arjun received his MBA from Brigham Young University and his Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
- Chapter Liaison: Smita Bagla, IIT Kanpur
Smita Goel Bagla is the President of the Southern California Pan IIT and Sr. Director at Amritt, Inc a management consulting firm. Smita has held senior positions as Architect at United Health Group, the second largest medical insurance company, in the country. She has organized professional panels and led social events for the Socal Pan-IIT Chapter. Two of these events were in collaboration with Caltech. Smita is also a joint recipient of community leadership award for West Coast in 2001
- Past President: Gunjan Bagla, IIT Kanpur
Gunjan is Managing Director of Amritt and teaches an executive seminar at Caltech on Doing Business in India. He is author of Business in 21st Century India (Warner/Business Plus, 2008).
Amit has been with IIT Delhi Excellence Foundation since its inception, and helped build the San Francisco Bay Area Chapterand the national organization. He is currently VP, Product Management at Dapper.net, working on the confluence of the Semantic Web and Display Advertising. Previously, he was responsible for Yahoo! SearchMonkey and other semantic web technologies,and has a long career in Search, including stints at Inktomi and Verity/Autonomy.
Dr. Ashok K. Gupta is Professor of Marketing in the College of Business, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He joined Ohio University in 1984 and was marketing department chair from 1989 till 1995. Prior to starting his teaching career, he has held executive and shop floor positions in industry in India for eight years. His research, teaching and consulting interests focus on management of innovation and new product development process. Dr. Gupta received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and MBA and Ph.D. degrees in Marketing and Innovation Management from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
- IIT-Kharagpur: Vas Raman
- IIT Madras: Bob Nathan
- IIT Madras (alternate): Monishi Sanyal
- IIT-Roorkee: Anoop Verma
Anoop Verma is a charter member of the PAN IIT Leadership Circle. Being the president of the IIT Roorkee Alumni Association Midwest Chapter, he brings valuable insight into the needs of IIT alumni, and the challenges faced by the regional Chapters. For many years, he has been involved in alumni initiatives to improve member participation, both socially and professionally. He graduated from IIT Roorkee in Electrical Engineering in 1987; Anoop obtained Masters in Engineering degree from Wayne State University and MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Currently, he leads Planning & Design (IT) in a Fortune 100 firm.
- IIT BHU: Vish Narayanan
Vish did his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IITBHU in 1983 and then completed an MS in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985. Currently he is a member of the IT Infrastructure Group at General Motors. He is a founder of Mentor Partners and MentorSquare which has mentored several successful startups and also a regular mentor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He is currently the president IIT BHU Global Alumni Organization.