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Ajit Gupta, (BE ’84 Electrical Engineering), founder, President and CEO, Aryaka Networks

posted Mar 25, 2013, 7:37 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin

Ajit Gupta is a Silicon-Valley based entrepreneur and the founder, President and CEO of Aryaka Networks (, a cloud-based WAN Optimization and application acceleration company. Founded in 2008, and headquartered in Milpitas, CA with offices in Bangalore, India, Aryaka employs more than one hundred people worldwide. Ajit and his team raised $50 million USD in three rounds of funding from InterWest Partners, Presidio Ventures, a Sumitomo Corporation Company, Trinity Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Nexus Venture Partners. Ajit holds 18 technology patents for Internet content delivery and global traffic management and in March 2013, Aryaka was granted a U.S. patent for their WAN Optimization as-a-Service technology. 

Ajit's first successful venture was a company he founded in 1999 - Speedera Networks. Speedera became one of the fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley and in the North American technology industry in five years, as ranked by both Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2004, he successfully launched Speedera India in Bangalore to drive the company’s accelerated global expansion. Speedera was acquired in 2005 by Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) for a stock transaction worth more than $500 million one year later. After Speedera, he founded AAyuja (, a technology sales acceleration company, serving as its CEO. He is currently Chairman of the company. He is also the Chairman and Founder at JantaKhoj, an India-based, comprehensive people search engine and background verification service.

Ajit was recognized by the Golden Bridge Awards for leadership and innovation in October 2012 for launching Aryaka's WAN Optimization as-a-Service offering. Ajit has spoken at conferences around the world, including GigaOM Structure 2011, Cloud Connect, Red Herring, Kagan Digital Media Summits, Datacenter Ventures events, and Streaming Media. 

In 2003, Ajit established a philanthropy program for Speedera called "Giving Back", which provided free Internet infrastructure services to non-profit organizations including, Goodwill Industries International,, and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Under his leadership, Speedera assisted UNICEF during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami by providing pro-bono services to enable UNICEF websites to accept contributions and to help victims and families communicate with each other.

Ajit holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, a MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Alabama, is a notable alumni of the Boys' High School & College (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh), (BHS), an independent school in Allahabad, India and is a founding board member of the IIT-Roorkee Heritage Fund.

Ravi Sharma (BE '84) Power, Telecom and Energy Leader

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:34 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:34 PM ]

An accomplished CEO with proven track record of leading MNC as well as Indian Corporate, Ravi Sharma has lead organisations in Power and Telecom Industry.

In his professional career of 27+ years with Infrastructure and Telecom Industry , Ravi has held various senior positions across functions and organizations before becoming one of the youngest CEO of Telecom MNC in India.

With an outstanding track record as a leader, Ravi has lead diverse set of teams across Industries and Cultures with both Indian and Multinational Organizations in the Satellite , Telecom and Power Industry.

In his tenure of over 12 years as CEO , Ravi has lead India’s largest organizations of Telecom and Power Industry . Before joining as CEO of Adani Power in 2010 , Ravi has been CEO South Asia at Alcatel Lucent ; CEO Asia at Europe* Star ( JV of Alcatel & Loral ) and CEO at Videocon Telecom .

Ravi has not only worked with diverse industries and cultures but also with entire life cycle of Businesses . From start up organizations like Adani Power , Videocon Telecom and UB Telecom ; to starting up Indian Operations of MNCs like BT and Europe*Star ; and from Joint Venture creation like Airtel BT , CDOT Alcatel Wimax and UB Goldmine ; to a successful turnaround of Organization like Alcatel South Asia ; he has worked with entire spectrum of businesses .

Before becoming first CEO at Alcatel JV in 1999 , Ravi had lead various responsibilities at BT ( and UB Group.

Ravi holds a BE from IIT, Roorkee and an MBA from IMT, Ghaziabad.

True to his diverse personality , Ravi has been a state level Sportsman for Badminton , Member of Dramatics team at University, Student Editor of University Magazine and a TV presenter of a National TV channel.

As a leading Industry voice , Ravi is Co-Chairman of Power Committee of FICCI ( ) and Executive Chairman of CMAI Association of India (

Rahul Aggarwal (BE '96 E&C), CEO and Co-Founder, Social Content Data Mining

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:31 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:31 PM ]

Rahul Aggarwal co-founded Arktan to address challenges that brands have in increasing real-time engagement and conversation with their audience on their Web properties. Rahul has steered Arktan as it has pioneered and deployed technology that enables UMG, NBC, Reuters and other brands to bring real-time Social Web content and conversation to their sites.

Rahul's prior experience includes innovating Internet Routing technologies and taking them all the way from inception to deployment in several of the largest Service Providers in the world. In his role as Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks he drove Internet routing, mobile, VPN and data center related technologies and standards across the industry.

He is the author of several Internet drafts and RFCs, holds many patents and is a sought after speaker in conferences. He received his B.S. from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and M.S. from University of Minnesota.

Roopa Gir (M.Tech. 74) Prominent Geo-scientist, PAN IIT Leader

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:30 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin   [ updated Jun 24, 2014, 12:35 PM ]

Dr Roopa Gir is a Managing Partner of a Houston based start-up company ARG Global Tech. She has worked for the past 30 years in the oil and gas sector, of which the past 28 years were with Schlumberger in various technical and senior management positions.

Kal Bagga (BE '70 ME) Product Management Chief Engineer

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:28 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:28 PM ]

Kalyan Bagga obtained his BE in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Roorkee (earlier called University of Roorkee) in 1970.

Kalyan is Chief Engineer, Product Engineering with Navistar. He has extensive automotive industry vehicle & powertrain product development management level experience with Ford, DaimlerChrysler & Navistar He had opportunities to work with Renault, VM Motori, Daimler & Mitsubishi on a vatiety of Powertrain and Vehicle programs.

He has published many papers and holds patents in automotive engineering.

He also holds a Master's degree from West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.


SUMMARY Extensive automotive industry vehicle & powertrain product development management level experience with Ford, DaimlerChrysler & Navistar
Had opportunities to work with Renault, VM Motori, Daimler & Mitsubishi on a vatiety of Powertrain and Vehicle programs.

B.S.M.E – Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
M.S.M.E. – West Virginia University, Morgantown, WVA


2001 – Current Navistar Inc. – Engine Group Melrose Park, IL
Chief Engineer - Product Integration, MaxxForce Custom Power
Manager - Sales Engineering, OEM Business
Manager – Engineering - Ford Applications
Manager - Powertrain NVH Engineering

1984 - 2001 DaimlerChrysler Corporation Auburn Hills, MI
Senior Manager, Powertrain NVH
Manager, Jeep / Truck NVH Development (Chrysler)
Manager, NVH Lab (AMC)

1978 - 1984 Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI
NVH Development Engineer

1974 – 1978 Pullman Swindell Pittsbugh, PA
An International Engineering & Construction Company
Design Engineer, Supported Kamaz Truck Project USSR

1970 – 1973 Indian Refrigeration Industries New Delhi, India
Sales Engineer

· Registered Professional Engineer
· Planning & Developing New Products
· Project Management
· Chrysler Leadership Development Program
· Graduate Chrysler Quality Institute Course
· Emotionally Intelligent Leader
· Developing a Global Mindset
· Knowledge Management
· American Quality Management Institute Training
· Design Failure Mode & Effect Analysis
· Karass Negotiation Seminar
· Member, SAE Noise & Vibration General Committee
· Past Chairman, SAE Light Vehicle Interior Sound Level Committee
· US Patent for Developing a Silencer for Blast Cleaning Nozzle (Carborundum Company)
· U.S. and International Patents for Navistar V8 Engine Hydraulic Noise Abatement
· Published Papers:
- Developed SAE Vehicle Interior Noise Measurement Procedure
- Development of Silencer for an Industrial Blast Cleaning Nozzle:American Foundrymen Society
- Received best paper of the year award at Chicago Convention of American Foundrymen Society

Kunwar Rajendra (BE '60 CE) Distinguished Transportation Engineer and Academician

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:27 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:27 PM ]

Kunwar Rajendra obtained his BE degree in Civil Engineering in 1960. He was awarded Ph.D. in 1980 by Michigan State University.

Specialty area: Intelligent Transportation Systems; Project Director of the world's largest ITS infrastructure deployment program of over 180 miles of freeways in Metropolitan Detroit.

Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers; Fellow of Institute of Transportation Engineers

Kunwar Rajendra Ph.D.,P.E.,F.ASCE,F.ITE
Adjunct Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
2120 Engineering Bldg
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Mich 48823-1226
Phone:517-353-9562; Fax: 517-353-1980

Residing in East Lansing, Michigan, with wife Shanno.
Two daughters Archana (John) and Anuja (Vijay) well settled in Michigan.
Five grandchildren: Chand 13, Avi 12, Savera 10, Chakor 6, Kabir 5.

Rajendra Garg (BE '63) Partner, Engineering Consulting Firm

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:26 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:26 PM ]

Rajendra Garg is a Partner with Klein and Hoffman, Inc., Engineering Consulting Company, Chicago and supervises structural design of industrial buildings and water and waste water treatment plants. Previously he was associated with design and construction of tunnel projects, hydroelectric and nuclear power generation plants; and highway bridges.

He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) in 1963.

Shanti S. Gupta (BE '60 EE) Telecommunications Research & Engineer

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:24 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:24 PM ]

Shanti S. Gupta received his Electrical Engineering from University of Roorkee in 1960. He subsequently received M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill in 1965.

He has worked in the research and development of Wireline telephone Communications, Satellite Communications, and Defense Communications Systems. He began his career in consumer electronics in the field of color television in Chicago. He changed his field to telephone systems. In 1978 he moved to Washington DC and moved his field to designing Satellite Communications Systems where he worked on the initial development of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS). He gradually moved into the area of integration of multiple communication systems for Defense Communications and network security. He is presently working on Network and Cyber Security systems. He has been awarded 12 patents during his career in Communications and Consumer Electronics.

Presently he is working at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC as Telecommunications Systems Specialist.

He lives in Potomac, MD, a suburb of Washington DC with his wife Manju Gupta and family. He has three daughters.

Piyush Srivastav, Founder & President of Environment Specialist Firm

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:22 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:22 PM ]

Piyush Srivastav is the founder and President of the Nebraska Air Quality Specialties and the sister company National Air Quality Specialties, which provide consulting services on Clean Air Act permitting and compliance. Both companies go by the name NAQS, and specialize in air issues related to all industry sectors. His background with Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and a major electric utility give Srivastav critical insight into how to manage environmental compliance and the industrial perspective. As a former regulator at the NDEQ, Srivastav developed expertise in Federal, State, and local regulations and the rule making processes. Subsequent to the NDEQ, he worked for Nebraska’s largest utility company, The Nebraska Public Power District, where he was responsible for air quality permitting and compliance at all of NPPD power plants and advised the management on strategic, regulatory, and technical aspects related to air quality regulations and was actively engaged in the state and federal air quality rulemaking process.

Now in his ninth year as president of Nebraska Air Quality Specialties, Srivastav is a winner of the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and an air quality expert. Through his company NAQS, he is actively engaged in numerous industry organizations, including the Nebraska Industrial Council on the Environment (NICE) – of which he is also the Chairperson, Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers (ANNEP), American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Air and Waste Management, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and provides significant input to some of these organizations on air quality regulations and potential areas of engagement for industry. He was interviewed for the June 2010 issue of ACE’s Ethanol Today for the article on Ethanol's Commitment to Clean Air. Piyush is on the cover page of the April 2011 Issue of the Ethanol Producer Magazine and was interviewed for leading an article on air quality permitting and compliance issues and continues to be featured in national magazines. NAQS clients include several fortune 500 companies, large private companies, small corporations, local and federal government agencies.

Piyush holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, Physics, and Mathematics from the University of Lucknow, India; Master of Technology in Applied Geology from the University of Roorkee (Now IIT-Roorkee), India; Master of Science in Hydrogeology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC; and worked towards a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Piyush lives with his wife who is also a former regulator and an environmental expert, and two daughters on a wonderful acreage in the rolling hills of Garland, Nebraska, and is a die-hard Husker fan!

Ram Kelkar, Founder, IIT Bombay Heritage Fund / National Chair, IIT B Alumni Assoc

posted Sep 12, 2012, 6:20 PM by Iitraana Sysadmin   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 6:20 PM ]

Ram is a Managing Director in the Capital Markets and Hedging group affiliated with Milliman's Financial Risk Management practice in Chicago. Ram was previously a Managing Director at Citigroup and Merrill Lynch, and most recently at Allstate, working in Capital Markets with a focus on structured bonds and derivatives, in New York, London, and Chicago.

Ram is a founding Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the IIT Bombay Heritage Fund , the Alumni Fund of IIT Bombay. He was also one of the original founding members of the PanIIT movement which began in Stamford, Connecticut in 2002.

Ram received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his BTech in EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

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