India’s famous engineers

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Engineers' Day is celebrated every year on September 15 in India in honour of Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1860-1962), a notable engineer, scholar, and Dewan of Mysore. Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), India, pays tribute to the man

Sundar Pachai – CEO Google

The first Indian to be appointed as the Google CEO, Sundar Pichai was born in 1972 and grew up in Chennai. An IIT Kharagpur alumnus, he later attended Stanford for MS and Wharton for his MBA. The 43 year old chess-lover hails from the port city of Chennai. Born into a family of Engineers, his father, Regunatha Pichai, worked as an electrical engineer for Britain’s General Electric Company. Before he joined Google, Pichai worked in engineering and product management at Applied Materials and later in management consulting at McKinsey & Company. Pichai joined Google in 2004 and was the driving force behind Google Chrome browser and the Chrome OS. Initially, Pichai started with handling the ‘Google’ search toolbar in the upper right corner of Web browsers, well before the launch of Google’s own browser. This was the time when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was still dominant across the world. The success of the Google Toolbar helped build his reputation at the company. In 2008, the Google Chrome browser was launched by Pichai’s team. In 2011, Pichai was promoted to Senior VP and also took charge of Gmail and Google Docs. Pichai was appointed as CEO of Google on 10 August, 2015 after previously being appointed Product Chief by then-CEO Larry Page on 24 October, 2014.

Satya Nadella – CEO Microsoft

Satya Nadella is an Indian-American, currently heading Microsoft as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is the third CEO after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer in 38 years of Microsoft’s history. Born to the IAS administrative Nadella Yugandhar in Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh, India, he was brought up in Hyderabad. He completed his bachelors from the Manipal institute of technology in India. From a young age, Satya Nadella showed great interest in building things and enhancing the lives of people through technological developments; hence, he decided to pursue his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA from the prestigious University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His educational background, coupled with the leadership skills that he honed during his MBA studies, helped him to lead large groups in Sun Microsystems and Microsoft and enhance the capabilities of these organizations. He has been working in Microsoft for the last 22 years and during his tenure, Microsoft rose to great heights. Mr. Nadella served as Executive Vice President of Cloud & Enterprise Group and President of Server & Tools at Microsoft Corporation until February 04, 2014. He led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Mr. Nadella led Microsoft's engineering efforts in the Online Services Division, which includes the Search (Live Search), Portal (MSN) and Advertising platforms.

Padmashree Warrior – Former CTO, Cisco

Padmasree Warrior, the former Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTO) of Cisco Systems, and the former CTO of Motorola Inc, was listed as the 71st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes as of 2014. Yellepeddi Padmasree was born and raised in the city of Vijayawada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India. She was born in to a Telugu Brahmin family and went to school at the Children's Montessori School and Maris Stella College in Vijayawada. Warrior received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1982. She holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University. As Chief Technology Officer, Padmasree Warrior helped define Cisco’s technological strategy and drives innovation across the company, working closely with the senior executive team and Board of Directors. Padmasree Warrior, who was one of the strong contenders for the post of Cisco CEO, resigned from the company recently and is one of the strongest contenders for the most sought after post of CEO of the popular social media platform, Twitter. Warrior, an alumnus of the IIT-Delhi and Cornell University, was ranked 84th in this year's Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women in the world and has regularly received various leadership awards.

Shiv Nadar – Founder of HCL

Mr. Shiv Nadar, the only Indian to establish computer systems industry in India, founded the HCL in 1976. Acknowledged as a visionary by the IT industry and his peers; Mr. Shiv Nadar has often made daring forays based on his conviction of the future. Albeit a more recent entrant in the software services space, HCL is already mapped among the top Indian IT software majors and a force to reckon with for global technology giants. Born in 1945, in Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu to Mr. Sivasubramaniya and mother Vamasundari Devi. He completed his graduation from The American College, Madurai and degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from PSG college of Technology. He started his career at Walchand Group's Cooper Engineering in Pune in 1967. Mr. Nadar was conferred the Padma Bhushan Award - the third highest civilian honor conferred by the President of India in January 2008, in recognition of not just his contribution to trade & industry in India but also his deep commitment to public good. In 2009, Forbes Magazine featured him in its list of 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in the Asia Pacific region. In September 2009 the UK Trade & Investment India presented Shiv Nadar the 2009 Businessperson of the Year Award in acknowledgement of HCL’s pioneering investment in the UK. In November 2009 he was conferred the CNBC Asia Business Leader Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, their Asia Viewers’ Choice Award and ‘India Business Leader Award’ for the year. The University of Madras and IIT Kharagpur awarded him an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science for his outstanding contribution to IT in India.

Shantanu Narayen – CEO of Adobe Systems

Shantanu Narayen is president and chief executive officer of Adobe, one of the world's largest and most diversified software companies. Narayen's leadership, technology insight and operational expertise have strengthened Adobe's culture of innovation, expanded the company into new markets, and extended its product portfolio and global reach. In 2009, Narayen led the $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture, Inc., expanding Adobe’s ability to help customers measure and optimize the value of online experiences, content and applications. Prior to his appointment as CEO in December of 2007, Narayen was Adobe's president and COO, responsible for the company's day-to-day global operations, product research and development, marketing and corporate development. Narayen holds five patents and is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events. He is a member of the U.S. President's Management Advisory Board, established in 2010 to provide advice on how to implement best business practices, including the application of technology, on matters related to federal government management and operation. He also serves on the Board of Pfizer, Inc. and the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, and is president of the board of the Adobe Foundation, which funds philanthropic initiatives around the world.

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