For 12 years, BITSAA Silicon Valley has been the place for BITSians to reconnect with fellow alumni and meet new friends. Social events, Golf meets and career networks are just few of the exciting ways BITS alumni stay in touch in the Bay Area.
BITSAA Silicon Valley is proud to host the BITSAA Silicon Valley Annual Reunion on April 28, 2012.
5:30- 6:15 PM -
6:15 PM onwards -
- Meet more BITSians - Networking Mixer
- Go down memory lane - BITS Campuses Updates
- Hear about the impact BITSians are making in the world - "All lives have equal values” – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s impact on Global Development and Global Health
Prabhu Pingali ('72-'77, Deputy Director, Agriculture Development Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
Niranjan Bose ('92-'96, Program Officer, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
- Give back to BITS - BITS Alumni Association Initiatives
- Hear about the Start-Ups Trends and Opportunities in 2012 and
beyond - "Trends and Opportunities in 2012 and beyond for Start-ups: VC/Investor/Industry Perspective"
Naveen Bisht (BITS, President and CEO - NAIMO INC. and Chair, Programs/Board Member - TiE Silicon Valley)
Mudit Jain (Partner - Synergy Life Sciences Partners, Portola Valley)
Raj Gollamudi ('81-'85, Director Mobile Technology Investments -
Vivek Agrawal (Office of CTO - Applied Material)
Sumeet Jain (Partner, CMEA Capital)
Gopal Garg ('77-'82, VP, Sunpower)
Please follow the link above to register yourself and your guests. Please note:
- Relive Oasis - Dances, Stand-Up Comedian and DJ Music
- Reception at the hotel for alumni and guests starts at 5:30 PM. Cash Bar and refreshments available
- Event attire is Business Social
- Event ticket includes Dinner
- Open to adults and children above 12
- We will process full refund for requests received until 48 hours before the event
Registration Fee: $50(includes dinner)
Keynote Speaker Bios
Prabhu Pingali (BITS ’72-’77)
Deputy Director, Agriculture Development Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
He was Director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, from 2002-2007. Pingali was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Fellow in May 2007. He was the President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) from 2003- 2006. He was elected Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 2006 and of the International Association of Agricultural Economists in 2009. He was named the "2010 Outstanding Alumnus” of North Carolina State University.
Pingali has three decades of experience analyzing food, agriculture and development policy in Asia, Africa and Latin America. An Indian national he earned a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University in 1982. He was Director of the Economics Program at CIMMYT, Mexico from 1996-2002. Prior to joining CIMMYT, he worked at the International Rice Research Institute at Los Baños, Philippines from 1987 to 1996 as an Agricultural Economist, and prior to that at the World Bank’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department from 1982-1987 as an economist. Prabhu Pingali has authored ten books and over 100 referred journal articles and book chapters on food policy, technological change, productivity growth and resource management in the developing world. He has received several international awards and recognitions for his work.
Niranjan Bose (BITS ’92-’96)
Program Officer, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Niranjan Bose is a Program Officer in the Enterics and Diarrheal Diseases (EDD) team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is responsible for a portfolio of grants, which include clinical development of enteric vaccines (rotavirus, cholera, enterotoxigenic E coli and shigella).
Prior to joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he was with SDG Life Sciences, a unit of IMS Health, where he was a Senior Consultant and assisted clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries with strategy development, company valuations, portfolio management frameworks, revenue forecasting, and competitive assessments.
Niranjan holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Dartmouth College and an MS in biological sciences and BS in pharmaceutical sciences from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. He also received the Business Bridge Diploma from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Raj Gollamudi (BITS '81-'85)
Director Mobile Technology Investments -
Prior to joining Omidyar Network in 2011, Raj co-founded BlueStream
Ventures, a $300 million technology venture capital fund based in
Silicon Valley. As the firm’s general partner, he led investments across
a number of technology sectors in the enterprise and consumer segments.
Previously, Raj was a software research analyst at investment banking
firms Thomas Weisel Partners and Wessels, Arnold & Henderson (now
Royal Bank of Canada). He began his career as a software engineer at Sun
Raj earned a master’s degree in computer science from Clemson
University and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate studies at
the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in India, where he
received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Raj serves as
the Silicon Valley Chair of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) mentoring
program, which connects prominent venture capitalists with aspiring entrepreneurs.
Partner, CMEA Capital
Sumeet holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from
Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania.
After completing his MBA from the Wharton School of Business, Sumeet
joined Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s technology investment banking group. At
Goldman Sachs, he focused on mergers and acquisitions as well as
equity and debt financing transactions for many venture and private
equity backed companies in the software, internet and semiconductor
Sumeet joined CMEA in 2008 and focuses on software, consumer internet
and digital media investments. At CMEA, he's been intimately involved
in investments in AWR, Blekko, Intermolecular, Pixazza and Schooner
Partner - Synergy Life Sciences Partners, Portola Valley
Mudit has nearly two decades of operational experience in various
functional roles including research, product development, business
development, M&A, and venture capital focused on medical devices.
Prior to Synergy, Mudit was an Executive Director with Johnson and
Johnson Development Corporation as part of their Management team and led
the firm's medical device investments in the Midwest and East Coast and
had Board responsibilities for multiple JJDC portfolio companies
spanning across monitoring, cardiovascular, hypertension, women's
health, metabolic disorders, and neuro-modulation.
Mudit currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Inspire
Medical Systems, and as Board Observer for Oraya Therapeutics, and
Mudit graduated with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Regional
Engineering College, Nagpur, India, where he ranked first in his class.
He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in Biomedical Engineering.
His was the first Ph.D. awarded in cardiac radiofrequency ablation in
the nation. Mudit completed his M.B.A. from the Wharton School focusing
on Healthcare Management and Finance.
Gopal Garg is a "New Initiative leader” whoidentifies future trends, incubate new ideas andscales businesses through organic growth, strategicacquisition and operational efficiency.
In his several roles as GM, Gopal has scaledbusinesses up to $250M from ground up in avariety of markets—Renewable energy / PowerElectronics, LED Lighting, Water Purification,
Mobile Handsets, Enterprise Data communication,Consumer Goods, and Defense at SunEdison,Synaptics, Cypress, Arcus and SCL.
Gopal Garg is currently working as Vice President
– Electrical Systems Integration at SunPowerCorp. He has a B.E. from BITS Pilani, a premierprivate college in India, and an MBA from PunjabUniversity in Chandigarh, India
Vivek started his career as a research engineer at SDL, Inc., the premier high power III-V semiconductorlaser company of the 80’s and 90’s. At SDL, Vivek worked on a number of semiconductor laser products
including high speed transmitters, fiber amplifier pumps, and narrow linewidth DFBs, achievingworld record results. In 2001, SDL was acquired by JDSU and Vivek moved to Santur Corp, a tunablesemiconductor laser startup funded by top-tier VC’s, where he built and managed the manufacturing
organization from hand-building first prototype samples to creating and managing a 1000 unit/weekproduction line. From Santur (acquired by NeoPhotonics), Vivek moved on to Coherent, one of theworld’s largest industrial laser companies, as a product manager and developed new products for
emerging defense and industrial markets while increasing revenue and gross margin of his productlines. After a stint in sales, Vivek is now at Applied Materials in the Office of the Corporate CTO, where
he founded the Laser Technology Council, manages a $4M/year budget to develop new LED epitaxialequipment in partnership with the US Department of Energy, and develops new products and markets,primarily focused on energy and semiconductor markets.
In his free time, Vivek can be found performing stand-up comedy at corporate events and regularly atthe San Jose Improv and hosting at San Francisco’s The Purple Onion. In addition, he produced, wrote,
and performed a sold out one-man show, "Sounds of My Dreams,” in January, 2012 at the AlcoveTheater in San Francisco, the proceeds of which were donated to Oakland Unified Schools towardsscience camp for underprivileged middle school students. Vivek attended MIT and UCSC as an undergrad
and holds an MSEE from Santa Clara University.