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2017 IIT Alumni Youth [High School] Achievement Awards

Does you child have notable achievements – academic, extra-curricular, or other activities that make you proud? Wouldn’t you like them to be recognized and have the IIT “family” know of them? 

Program Details

In 2017, IIT Bombay Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter continues its program to recognize the achievements of high-school going IIT Alumni children.

Award of $250 for the first prize will be given to the selected individual.  Other awards may also be given depending on the entries received. In making the selection, the Awards Committee will note the differences in achievements due to years of school experience, to the extent practicable. Its decision will be final and cannot be challenged. The prizewinners will be recognized and may be requested to make a presentation at the IITBAA family event on November 11, 2017.

We are looking for those students who, while doing well academically, have made notable achievements in one or more areas of performing and display arts, music, sports, public service, innovation, and/or other extra-curricular effort.  We are looking for the “best of the best” well rounded individuals at the high-school level within the IIT family residing in the Greater New York region.

Who is Eligible?

Children of IIT Alumni – all IITs, not just IIT Bombay – who will be High School students starting Fall 2017 in the GNY region are eligible.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Eligible entrants must sign and submit attached Entry Form [DOCX] [PDF] describing and detailing their achievements along with any supporting information such as documents, certifications, etc. [Short Audio/video for performing art achievements can also be submitted; however, they will not be returned.]
  2. Each entry must also submit an Essay (not more than 500 words) covering the following:
  • Describing the achievement and why one thinks it is important or noteworthy.
  • What the individual has learned from the experience of making the achievement.
  • Unique learning perspective, if any, being a child of an IIT graduate.
  • What advice would the person have for others based on their experiences.

All applications must be post-marked or emailed by October 31, 2017.   Applications may be either

(1) emailed to: YouthAchievementAwards [at] iitbombay.org or

(2) sent by regular mail to President, IITBAAGNY, 6 Morris Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Questions?

The program is self – explanatory. Even if you have a question, please first submit the entry. Only in case of a critical unanswered issue, you can write to YouthAchievementAwards [at] iitbombay.org. Please remember, we are all volunteers, so it may take some time to reply.

Will My Child Win?

You won’t know unless you and your child send an entry! We hope you will, and perhaps see your child publicly talk about his/her achievement.

President and Executive Committee

IITB Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter.

Please share this post with your IIT friends who you know or believe may have high-school going children.

Aspiring entrepreneurs: TiECon discounted registration price for IITB Alums

TiE has offered a discounted rate of $249 to IITB alumni using discount code: TiEConNY17Partner

Normal registration price is $399. Registration and more details at  tieconny2017.com

TiE is happening on April 7, 2017 in New York City

About TiECon (From the website)

TiECon is a full day program celebrating and promoting entrepreneurship success stories and latest developments. We bring in keynote speakers from the venture, finance and start-up sectors and complement that with notable figures from local government, media and philanthropy.

Gear up for a full day deep-dive into the latest of technology and entrepreneurship – talks delivered by people who have started and exited companies, and successful corporate executives who are leading the next-gen of innovation.

The theme for this conference is Moonshot: Entrepreneurs Solving Our Greatest Problems. A number of multinational conglomerates have embarked on so-called “moonshot” initiatives that will position them for the next half a century or more. Many of these initiatives already have received tremendous internal traction. This conference will examine some of these initiatives as well as reviewing the startups that aspire to change the world; mainly focusing on artificial intelligence, the environment and healthcare. In addition, we will examine the ethical implications of automation and global impact. The conference also will feature PE/VC tracks.

TiE is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. TiE was founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization. With a variety of programs and a strong member base of investors, entrepreneurs and corporate executives, we are reaching out and fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs.

In case you missed it: the 2016 GNY Annual Reunion

IIT Bombay Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter held its 2016 Annual Reunion on October 23rd at the Hyatt Jersey City, NJ. The theme ofthis year’s event was “Learning from Our Own – Leadership, Achievements, Success.” Over 100 GNY Chapter members and their guests came to hear and learn from our illustrious IIT Bombay alumni. Raj Gupta, ’67 talked about his experiences after graduating from IIT Bombay; going to Cornell to do his Masters through the IITB-Cornell connection, his career at Rohm & Haas where he served as Chairman/CEO and his experiences since then as a Board member of several large Fortune 100 companies like Delphi Automotive PLC, Vanguard Investments and others. In a fire-side chat, Bharat Desai ’75 Chairman IITB heritage Foundation and Chairman Syntel, Inc talked about his work as an entrepreneur in starting his own company and his work now in giving back to IIT Bombay and society in general.

The day’s program also included a session of IITB’s women alumni. Although women make up only 8% of IIT graduates, the few who have graduates have accomplished a lot. In a panel discussion, Bina Nabh Kanagat ’80 Director, Core Technology & Cloud Sales at Oracle Technologies; Radhika Venkatraman ’93 SVP/CIO at Verizon and Archana Sondhi ’02 Director, Bristol Myers Squibb talked about their experiences after graduating from IIT, the challenges in balancing work and family life, how they got to what they are doing today and lessons from their experiences for some of the younger alumni.

Prof Ravi Sinha, Dean, Alumni and Corporate Relations gave an update of the major research and academic successes of IIT students and faculty; the awards won by both in internationally recognized contests and the how proud we all are of their achievements. IIT Bombay was the first choice for 49 of the top 50 new students!

Continuing its long tradition, GNY Chapter also published its 2016 GNYPoint magazine, which has some great articles mostly written by the GNYChapter members. It is available for all to peruse at our website: https://www.iitbgnychapter.org/gNYpoints/gNYpoint-2016.pdf. At the event, Nivvedan S who recently was selected as the Volunteer of the Month for October 2016, was recognized with a plaque.

Announcing Diwali Dhamaka Saturday November 19, 2016

Dear Alum,

Its time to kick back, relax and enjoy Diwali and the Holidays with your IIT friends and family! Renew old friendships, make new ones.
IITBAA-GNY will celebrate its Diwali Party on Saturday, November 19th from 6PM onwards.

WE ARE PLANNING A DRESS-UP COMPETITION FOR KIDS. PLEASE REFER TO THE INCLUDED IMAGE (BELOW) FOR MORE DETAILS!

Venue: Deewan Banquet Hall, Piscataway, NJ

Attractions

Great Food; DJ with MC, Karaoke, Live music, dandiya dance, bingo, scavenger hunt for kids, scrumptious food and Professional Photographer. There is something for everyone!

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diwali-dhamaka-saturday-november-19-2016-tickets-28557691825

Bring friends and family to spend time together!

Limited seats, so expect not to last long!

Kids Avatars Dress Up Event

 

2016 IIT Alumni Youth [HS] Achievement Awards

Does you child have notable achievements – academic, extra-curricular, or other activities that make you proud? Wouldn’t you like them to be recognized and have the IIT “family” know of them? 

Program Details

In 2016, IIT Bombay Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter continues its program to recognize the achievements of high-school going IIT Alumni children.

Awards of $250 for first prize, $100 for the second prize and $50 for third prize will be given. In making the selection, the Awards Committee will note the differences in achievements due to years of school experience, to the extent practicable. Its decision will be final and cannot be challenged. The prizewinners will be recognized and may be requested to make a presentation at the IITBAA family event on November 19, 2016.

We are looking for those students who, while doing well academically, have made notable achievements in one or more areas of performing and display arts, music, sports, public service, innovation, and/or other extra-curricular effort.  We are looking for the “best of the best” well rounded individuals at the high-school level within the IIT family residing in the Greater New York region.

Who is Eligible?

Children of IIT Alumni – all IITs, not just IIT Bombay – who will be High School students starting Fall 2016 in the GNY region are eligible.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Eligible entrants must sign and submit this Entry Form [Word] [PDF] describing and detailing their achievements along with any supporting information such as documents, certifications, etc. [Short Audio/video for performing art achievements can also be submitted; however, they will not be returned.]
  1. Each entry must also submit an Essay (not more than 500 words) covering the following:
  • Describing the achievement and why one thinks it is important or noteworthy
  • What the individual has learned from the experience of making the achievement
  • Unique learning perspective, if any, being a child of an IIT graduate.
  • What advice would the person have for others based on their experiences

All applications must be post-marked or emailed by October 31, 2016.  Applications may be either

(1) emailed to: YouthAchievementAwards@iitbombay.org or

(2) sent by regular mail to President, IITBAAGNY, 6 Morris Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Questions?

The program is self – explanatory. Even if you have a question, please first submit the entry. Only in case of a critical unanswered issue, you can write to YouthAchievementAwards@iitbombay.org. Please remember, we are all volunteers, so it may take some time to reply.

Will My Child Win?

You won’t know unless you and your child send an entry! We hope you will, and perhaps see your child publicly talk about his/her achievement.

President and Executive Committee

IITB Alumni Association – Greater New York Chapter.

Please share this link with your IIT friends who you know or believe may have high-school going children.

Innovative Ideas on Sustainable and Affordable Energy – from the Symposium

Innovative Ideas on Sustainable and Affordable Energy discussed at Symposium sponsored by IITBHF, IITBAA-GNY and Columbia University.

Recognizing IIT Bombay as one of the best engineering and technology universities in the world, award winning economist Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University asked IIT Bombay alumni to use their engineering skills and knowledge to come up with the solutions to reduce world-wide carbon emissions to make the energy transition to Climate Safety.

Prof. Sachs gave the keynote address at the May 8th symposium on “Sustainable and Affordable Energy Challenge for the World” sponsored by Columbia University Sustainable Engineering Lab; IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation and IIT Bombay Alumni Association Greater New York Chapter. Nearly 100 persons attended the all day symposium on “Mother Earth Day”.

From left to right : Ruyintan Mehta, IITB HF President; Nathan Blair, World Bank; Audrey Zibelman, Chair NYS Public Service Commission; Silvia Romero, World Bank ; Prof. Deepak Divan, Georgia Tech; Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation; Prof. Vijay Modi, Columbia University; DC Agrawal, IITBAA-GNY Chapter President
From left to right : Ruyintan Mehta, IITB HF President; Nathan Blair, World Bank; Audrey Zibelman, Chair NYS Public Service Commission; Silvia Romero, World Bank ; Prof. Deepak Divan, Georgia Tech;
Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation; Prof. Vijay Modi, Columbia University; DC Agrawal, IITBAA-GNY Chapter President

In his remarks, Prof Sachs stated that now that world leaders have agreed on the lower carbon emission targets at the Paris COP 21 meeting, it is now up to the engineers to come up with the required solutions to meet the de-carbonization goals while meeting the energy needs of the poor as well as the rich in India and the world.

Dr. Vijay Modi of Columbia University’s Earth Institute & Director of Sustainable Engineering Lab with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a 1978 IIT Bombay graduate and an acknowledged expert in the field of sustainable and affordable energy presented his work on the new technologies now being developed to make renewable and affordable energy available to those who are off the energy grid in poor and emerging markets in Africa and India.

Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director of Engineering at US National Science Foundation and a 1977 IIT Bombay graduate gave his perspectives on the evolution of electric energy systems in both the developed and developing economies. Other speakers including Prof. Himadri Pakrasi of Washington University, Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno of MIT, and Prof. Deepak Divan of Georgia Tech talked about the latest developments in the fields of engineering bio-energy, nuclear energy, and integrating renewables into the power grid.

Ms. Audrey Zibelman, Chair of NY State Public Service Commission responsible for regulating the New York State electric utility industry talked about the potential regulatory changes required to better incorporate renewable energy in the commercial power systems.  Several speakers from the World Bank and Columbia University spoke about their ongoing work in this area.

From left to right : Dr Khargonekar, IITB ’77 Electrical Engg; Attendee at symposium;  Dr. Vijay Modi , IITB ’78 Mechanical Engg; Ron Mehta, IITB ’70 Chemical  Engg.
From left to right : Dr Khargonekar, IITB ’77 Electrical Engg; Attendee at symposium;
Dr. Vijay Modi , IITB ’78 Mechanical Engg;
Ron Mehta, IITB ’70 Chemical Engg.

In his remarks, Mr. Ruyintan Mehta, President IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation talked about this IITBHF initiative to highlight the work being done by IIT Bombay graduates and alumni in critical and important engineering, technology and policy areas.  Mr. D C Agrawal President IIT Bombay AA GNY Chapter thanked the speakers for enlightening us all on this important and potentially life changing subject and the many volunteers for making this symposium such a success.

IITBAA – GNY Chapter 2015-16 Executive Committee Reorganization

First let us all congratulate Ruyintan “Ron” Mehta, the current president of the IITBAA – GNY Chapter, who has been elected as President IITB – Heritage Foundation “HF” by the IITB-HF Board of Directors. His 3 year term became effective March 28, 2016. Ron has done an outstanding job as our President in organizing in 2015 the Financial Planning Seminar in New York, Summer Picnic at Liberty State Park, the Annual Reunion function in Jersey City, and the boisterous Diwali Dhamaka event. Please convey your congratulations and best wishes to him. Of course, as he has promised, he will still be active in the Greater New York Chapter events.
 
Given Ron’s new position, the Executive Committee has been reorganized for its current 2015-2016 duration. Executive Committee member, D. C. Agrawal who is a 1969 Mechanical Engineering graduate will be taking over as President for the balance of the current EC’s term. DC lives in Princeton, NJ and works as a Consultant in the passenger railroad and urban transportation industry.. Parasvil Patel, a 2009 Electrical Engineering graduate, will be joining the Executive Committee as a Trustee to fill DC’s position.  The members of the reorganized Executive Committee will be as follows. 
 
D. C. Agrawal, President
Kicha Ganapathy, Vice President
Raj Singh, Treasurer
Nivvedan Senthamilselvan, Trustee
Parasvil Patel, Trustee
Ram Chelluri, Immediate Past President
Subodh Batra, Immediate Past Treasurer.
 
Please feel free to contact DC in case you have any suggestions or questions.  If you or your spouse would like to volunteer for the different events, that would be even better.  He can be reached via email at dcagrawal [at] hotmail [dot] com.
Looking forward to your active participation in all the upcoming Chapter activities – May 8th Seminar on Sustainability at Columbia University, NY and theJune 12th Summer Picnic at Liberty state Park, Jersey City, NJ.”
 
Yours truly,
The Executive Committee

Symposium on Sustainable and Affordable Energy Challenge for the World

Symposium on Sustainable and Affordable Energy Challenge for the World

Sunday May 8, 2016

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Davis Auditorium in Shapiro Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY [1]

2016 event jointly sponsored by

Department of Mechanical Engineering, SEAS, Columbia University

IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation & IITB Alumni Association of Greater New York

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/symposium-on-sustainable-and-affordable-energy-challenge-for-the-world-tickets-24236855086

The last few years have brought global energy issues to the fore. At the recently concluded COP21 in 2015, the tensions arising from the contrasting high consumption and emissions of the wealthy on one hand and the need for affordable growth and access for the bottom two billion were quite apparent. Those two billion still cook on primitive wood fires and live with poor or unreliable access to electricity, while the consumption of the wealthiest two billion alone is a major contributor to climate change. This contrast has put many countries in a technologically and financially challenging position where they want to rapidly accelerate deployment of renewables while also addressing the energy access and growth imperatives.

India is a classic case, with a goal to deploy 160 GW of solar and wind by 2020, when last year’s average power consumption was 120GW. At the same time 20% of Indians have no electricity access. Similar conditions exist in many other developing economies.

This one-day symposium will address issues of integrating high fractions of variable power into the grid. Are there novel ideas on edge of the grid infrastructure, demand side measures, prepaid smart metering, and new ways to manage variable sources on the grid, that can take advantage of a growing economy that is willing to tolerate less than perfect reliability and lack of legacy players? Perhaps affordability can be achieved through disruptive innovation that can emerge in lower income countries through scale and new business models. We will also try to understand the potential of synthesizing fuels from sunlight and CO2, a tantalizing addition to climate management toolkit if it can be made to work.

The symposium will allow speakers to share their views with an engineering audience both at the depth and breadth that the subject demands.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided and is included in the ticket price

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/symposium-on-sustainable-and-affordable-energy-challenge-for-the-world-tickets-24236855086

Morning Session

Technologies

9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast Lobby
9:30 Columbia University and IITBHF Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:45 Prof. Himadri Pakrasi Sustainability and Bioenergy: Challenges and Opportunities
10:15 Prof. Jacopo Buongiorno Nuclear Energy: Growth Opportunities/Challenges from Fuel Cycles and Small Modular Reactors.
10:45 Prof. Vijay Modi Pathways to Full Electrification in Emerging Markets
11:15 Prof. Deepak Divan Energy Needs for the Emerging Markets

Lunch 11:45 to 12:30 pm

Afternoon Session

Integrating Renewables into the Grid

12:30 Pramod Khargonekar, National Science Foundation, Director for Engineering Perspectives on Evolution of Electric Energy Systems – Developed and Developing Economies
1:00 Mike Waite and Vijay Modi, Columbia University Background Results: NY State Grid and Deep Renewable Penetration
1:30 Audrey Zibelman, Chair, NYS Public Service Commission Electricity: Regulation and markets. NYS Perspective
2:00 Nathan Blair and Silvia Romero (NREL/World Bank) System Integration and Utility Regulation for Variable Resources
2:30 Panel: Divan, Zibelman, Modi, Blair

Moderated by Khargonekar

Integrating Renewables into the Grid
3:30 D.C.Agrawal, President, IITBAAGNY Closing Remarks

[1] Enter at 116th street on Amsterdam Avenue or Broadway and walk to Shapiro Hall.

Notes from the first ever Chapter IITB Alumni Women High Tea

We held our first ever Chapter IITB Alumni Women High Tea Meet in Manhattan. The event was organized  by 3 IITB women alumni with attendance of 10 alums ranging from 1970’s graduation date to as recent as 2014’s. The mood was cheerful, food sumptuous and afternoon was spent networking and doing meaningful discussion on what IITB women can collectively do for society. After partaking of fabulous sweet and savory coupled with exotic menu of different teas, the alums spent considerable time reminiscing their hostel lives and discussing mentoring options for young girls in India. All of them exchanged contacts and vowed to do impromptu meet ups.

Group PhotoOn the table

IITB’s Spoken Tutorial project bags first prize for “Nurturing Employability”

The Spoken Tutorial project bagged the first prize in the “Nurturing Employability” category of the Reimagine Education Competition, jointly sponsored by the Wharton School of Business.  The global competition received submissions from 520 universities and enterprises from 50 countries with 22 awards judged by a panel of 40 international experts – a “who’s who” of higher education.

The project is being led by Prof. Kannan Moudgalya at IIT Bombay, and is an initiative of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India. IITBAA-GNY congratulates Prof. Kannan and his project team, and wishes them the best to keep up the great work!

About Spoken Tutorial

Spoken Tutorial is a collection of ten minute long audio-visual tutorials, created using Screencast methodology. They are created on many topics of information technology, such as computer programming, simulation, office productivity suite, graphics and animation software, etc. It is recorded using a script whetted by beginners, thereby making it suitable for self learning. The spoken part is dubbed into all 22 official languages of India, thereby making it accessible to students who may be weak in English, but otherwise smart. Keeping the video part of the tutorial in English helps retain employment opportunities. An application has been created that helps create an offline version of the learning environment, which in turn makes the benefits of the project reach those who do not have Internet access. All the spoken tutorials are released under Creative Commons, CC BY SA, licensing. The self learning capability allows workshops to be conducted through volunteers. These factors have helped train a large number of students absolutely free of cost on many useful IT topics. Close to 850,000 students have been trained in the past four years through the Spoken Tutorial methodology. The visits to the project’s webpage are doubling every year.

Read more about the project here.

Check out the other winners from various categories here.