We are elated to bring to you that 23 students from IIT (BHU), Varanasi, have been selected for the Google Summer of Code 2021, and one student has been selected as a GSoC student mentor. The numbers have been rising over the past years with 11 selections in 2020 and 9 selections in 2019. As an alumni supported Foundation, it is always exciting when the students are burnishing the legacy of the Institute.Started in 2005, GSoC is an annual international program in which Google awards stipends to students who successfully complete a free and open-source software coding project during the summer. GSoC provides an opportunity to university students to connect with international open-source communities and experts while gaining exposure to real-world software development and employment opportunities in areas related to their academic pursuits. The fact that students get to write code that the world uses is itself impressive!
Contributing to the colossal feat, our alumni provided mentorship to aspiring students in small groups of 2-5, each headed by an alumnus/alumnae who have been a part of GSoC in the past. It’s a clear indicator that students and alumni can together take IIT (BHU) to greater heights.
This year 1292 students bagged GSoC from over 50,000 registrations and over 6991 applications across 130 countries.
IIT (BHU) Foundation looks forward to more such successful collaborations between students and alumni of the Institute in the future.
This year 1292 students bagged GSoC from over 50,000 registrations and over 6991 applications across 130 countries.
Google Summer of Code
Kathy has been a professional fundraiser for 30 years in the education and wellness space creating and implementing fundraising plans that raised six and seven figure gifts. She has also worked with numerous small/high growth businesses and funding sources evaluating match and loan approval. In 2022, Kathy and her husband sold their company focused on regulatory compliance in the cosmetic space. Kathy oversaw and implemented all go-to-market strategies, business development growth, admin/employee professional development and HR policies. Kathy is also a Certified Yoga Instructor and Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She has a BS in Business/Marketing from Skidmore College, and her favorite quote is: "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field - I'll meet you there." - Rumi.
Niyati is currently pursuing Mechanical Engineering from IIT (BHU) and presently lives in Ahmedabad. Besides, volunteering as a content writer for the Foundation, she also serves as the content writer for Student Alumni Interaction Cell (SAIC). In her short stint at the Institute, she has been actively involved in Literary and Business Clubs. Apart from harbouring interest in writing and debating, she has been to Nationals and Internationals of Spelling Bee. In her spare time, she loves listening to music, dancing, and composing poetry (you got to read her compositions 😊)
Marketing and Content Intern
Gauri D is a Junior studying Mathematics and Computing at IIT(BHU), Varanasi. She is extremely interested in problem solving, and has a keen interest in Software design. She is also actively involved in the Student Alumni Interaction Cell (SAIC), working towards establishing an enterprising community between the prospective students and the prominent alumni . She is an avid reader, and also enjoys playing table tennis in her free time. Gauri joined the Foundation in early 2022. As an intern at the Foundation she works in the marketing and content team, connecting alumns with the Institute through regular updates on the happenings around the Institute, via LinkedIn and blogs.
Executive Assistant and Development Associate
Jazmin has 2 years of experience as an Executive Assistant for non-profit organizations. During her time as an executive assistant, she has also focused a great deal on public relations and marketing. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. Jazmin is passionate about helping non-profit organizations and other companies grow and develop to become self-sustaining and successful. Jazmin currently serves as the Executive Assistant and Development Associate for IIT (BHU) Foundation. She assists the board and the rest of the team with administrative and fundraising duties, as needed, to promote growth and success of the Foundation.
Sabrina Houser is the owner of the Capital CFO. She started Capital CFO in 2016. Having worked in the nonprofit arena for twenty years, Sabrina saw first-hand the need for accuracy, efficiency, and transparency regarding a company’s finances. She has the unique perspective of working as a CEO of a nonprofit (Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region) and experience managing multiple funding sources and contracts. As the CEO, she oversaw all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization. She provided direct leadership and oversight for the agency’s finance and accounting functions, including compliance with relevant government regulations. Sabrina believes that your financial health leads investors, customers, and clients to feel confident in a company’s stability and potential for growth. Sabrina serves as the CFO of the IIT (BHU) Foundation. In addition to providing bookkeeping services, she and her team at Capital CFO also prepare financial statements, assist with planning and budgeting and review Foundation’s financial position.
Geoff is currently a Partner at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, an accounting firm in Albany, NY. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in Real Estate Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity Portfolio Companies; Technology Companies; State and Local Taxation and Tax Credits; Flow-Through Companies; consolidated Corporate Tax filings; International Tax Planning; and Real Estate Transaction Planning. Geoff received Bachelors in Business Administration from Siena College and subsequently earned Masters of Science in Taxation from the State University of New York at Albany. Geoff serves as the Accountant of the IIT (BHU) Foundation, performs auditing function and also acts as the liaison with state and federal tax entities.
Asit is a seasoned marketing and digital transformation expert with over 20+ years of corporate experience. He has led brand strategy, market development, and innovation at leading B2C and B2B companies including Nestle, Kellogg’s, United Rentals Inc, and United Site Services. Most recently, he is the founder/CEO of a Boston based, award-winning technology start up helping commercial fleets improve maintenance and safety. He was a MassChallenge 2020 Boston finalist and winner of the TiE Silicon Valley Top 50. Asit holds a Masters in International Management (MIM) from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, AZ, an MBA from University of Delhi, and an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from IIT-BHU in India. Additionally, he completed the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School (HBS).
Deep M. Jariwala
Deep Jariwala is an Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). His research interests broadly lie at the intersection of new materials, surface science and solid-state devices for computing, sensing, opto-electronics and energy harvesting applications. Deep completed his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in 2010. Deep went on to pursue his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University graduating in 2015. At Northwestern, Deep made contributions to the study of charge transport and electronic applications of two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors and pioneering the study of gate-tunable, mixed-dimensional, van der Waals heterostructures. Deep then moved to Caltech as a Resnick Prize Postdoctoral Fellow from 2015-2017 working on nanophotonic devices and ultrathin solar cells before joining Penn in 2018 and starting his own group. Deep’s research has earned him awards of multiple professional societies including the Russell and Sigurd Varian Award of the American Vacuum Society, The Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award of the American Physical Society, Johannes and Julia Weertman Doctoral Fellowship, the Hilliard Award, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, Nanomaterials Young Investigator Award, TMS Frontiers in Materials Award and IEEE Young Electrical Engineer of the Year Award in addition to being named in Forbes Magazine list of 30 scientists under 30 and is an invitee to Frontiers of Engineering conference of the National Academy of Engineering. He serves on the Editorial board of the journals Electronics and Micromachines and on the Early Career Editorial Advisory Board of Nano Letters. He has published over 80 journal papers with more than 13000 citations and 5 patents. At Penn he leads a research group comprising more than ten graduate and postdoctoral researchers supported by a variety of government agencies (NSF, DARPA, ARO, AFOSR), industries and private foundations.
Vice President, IBGAA
Gaurav is an engineering lead at Cabon Health, a startup making healthcare accessible to everyone. Gaurav is a hands-on engineering leader with more than 11 years of experience building and scaling technology products and teams. Before joining Carbon Health, Gaurav led security and technology at Eligible as their CTO and CSO from 2013-2021. Eligible is a YCW12 startup making healthcare insurance infrastructure available to everyone; Gaurav joined Eligible as their first engineer, built the platform, led security/compliance/privacy initiatives, and led the technology and security for eight years. Gaurav has worked at more prominent companies like IBM and Amazon before joining the startup world. Gaurav received a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering degree in 2010 from IIT (BHU). Gaurav's time at IIT (BHU) and Banaras had a significant impact on his life and career, and Gaurav has been giving back to the institute and students in every capacity. Gaurav was part of the founding team of Codefest, an online coding festival to promote coding. Gaurav joined the IBGAA board of directors in 2019 and is currently vice president of IBGAA.
Prof. Rajeev Srivastava
Prof. Rajeev Srivastava is currently working as a Professor in the Dept. of Computer Sc. & Engineering, Head of the Centre for Computing and Information Services (CCIS) and the Dean (Resource and Alumni Affairs), Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi. He also served as Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering during August’2017-December’2020. He holds the degrees of B.E., M.E., and PhD all in Computer Science & Engineering. He has around 23 years of teaching and research experience. He joined IT-BHU/IIT (BHU) in 2007 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and currently serving as a Full Professor in the same Dept. since August’ 2015. Prior to joining IT-BHU/IIT (BHU) he worked for around 9 years in few other Government Institutions. He is Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) (FIE), Institution of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineers (FIETE), Senior Member IEEE USA, and Member ACM USA. He has published 160+ research publications in reputed international journals/conferences, 04 research reference books, and 12 book chapters and completed few Govt. funded research projects. He has produced 10 PhDs, and 9 PhDs are under-progress. He serves as Expert Member on different panels of various Govt. of India Institutions/ Bodies like NBA, UGC, UPSC, DRDO, UPPSC, reputed Institute and Universities. He is on the reviewer panel of many International Journals and Conferences. He is recipient of research publication awards by IIT (BHU) Global alumni association in 2010 and 2014 respectively. His biography was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, USA, 11th Edition, 2011-2012 and "2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21 st Century-2011" by International Biographical Centre (IBC), Cambridge, England. His research interests lies in the areas of Image and Video Processing, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Deep learning and Computational Bioinformatics.
Pramod Kumar Jain
Trained as an Industrial Engineer, Prof. Jain received his B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. from the University of Roorkee (Now IIT Roorkee). He has a broad background in manufacturing systems and engineering including product design and development. For his outstanding contributions to teaching and research, he has won accolades from several quarters. He previously served as the Director of Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing Jabalpur. Prof. Jain is on the panel of several policy making committees of national importance, constituted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and Ministry of Education (MoE) in India. With his inimitable leadership abilities, he has propelled the institute to perform consistently and improved its NIRF* ranking to 11th in India in 2020. He is on a mission to improve the IIT (BHU) ranking further landing in between 5th and 10th in India, where IIT (BHU) rightfully belongs. He has also exemplarily led IIT (BHU), Varanasi to acquire funding for several high value R&D projects from the Government of India. He has been steering the institute towards global rankings by promoting a culture of innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. *The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a methodology adopted by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, to rank institutions of higher education in India. The framework was approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Department (MHRD) and launched by the Minister of Human Resource Development on 29 September 2015.
Right after graduating from IIT (BHU), Soumyo headed to the States, where he graduated with an MBA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Soumyo has always believed that whatever career success he has had, is strongly attributable to the excellent education and caring professors at both these institutions. He feels an obligation to give back to them, so that future students can have the same excellent opportunity, that he was privileged to have. With that in mind, Soumyo created a Professorship at the University of Iowa Tippie School of Business, as well as an annual scholarship fund for a deserving MBA student. Soumyo is keen on donating to IIT (BHU) as well. He is excited to be part of the IIT (BHU) Foundation to help create a solid fundraising platform for years to come and contribute to the success of his alma mater. Soumyo also chaired a very successful IIT (BHU) Centenary Celebrations event that was held in Princeton, NJ in 2019. Soumyo spent his career in Wall Street research and proprietary trading. From 1982-1990, he was engaged in quantitative research at Salomon Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Bros. From 1990-1995 he formed and led an Equity proprietary trading group called Equitech at Credit Suisse. From 1995-2010, he was a Managing Director and Founder of the Matched Book Arbitrage Group, with operations in New York and London. In this position, he led multiple teams of traders and ran multi-million dollar long / short books. His annualized net returns, for both Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, were in excess of 25% and his team had no down years. In 2010, Soumyo founded Sūmit Capital, an equity long / short hedge fund. In 2017 the fund was converted to an asset management firm where he continues to manage friends and family assets.
After graduating from IIT (BHU) (Metallurgical Engineering) in 1982, Ramesh Srinivasan completed his MBA (PGDM) from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B) in 1984. Ramesh has also attended the 2-month Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School (HBS) in 2010. Ramesh represented the Institute in cricket and debates between 1977 and 1982, won the carrom championship during one of those years, was in the Cultural Committee when the Kashi Yatra cultural festival was launched for the first time, and was awarded the Gandhi Jubilee Best Graduating Student Medal by the Metallurgical Engineering Department in 1982. Ramesh remains keen to contribute significantly to the Institute, which shaped his life in many immeasurably positive ways. Ramesh has spent most of his three and half decades plus professional career in the field of application enterprise software. He has been the President and CEO of Agilysys Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS) since January 2017, leading the company to a 260% increase in market capitalization value as of November 2020. Ramesh was at Bally Technologies (NYSE: BYI) for a period of 9 years between 2005 and 2014, serving initially as EVP, Systems before being promoted to President & COO and then to President & CEO. Bally Technologies enjoyed an 8-fold increase in its share price (market capitalization value) during that period. Prior to Bally, Ramesh was a senior executive at Manhattan Associates (Nasdaq: MANH) for close to 7 years between 1998 and 2005, when the company’s annual revenue increased 6-fold. Ramesh led the creation of highly successful software development centers in India for all three companies mentioned above currently employing 1,000s of software professionals. He is currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
After graduating from Banaras Engineering College (BENCO) in 1967, now called IIT (BHU), with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Naresh traveled to the United States to further his education. In 1969, he was accepted into Cornell University’s prestigious Master’s program with tuition aid from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Naresh worked on and programmed the sensor arms for NASA’s Moon Rover in 1969 to procure funds for his education. Naresh began working in Rochester, New York as an engineer in the garment industry. By 1977, he was the VP of Hart Schaffner Marx; a Chicago-based, high-end garment manufacturing company. By 1982, Naresh was promoted to the Executive Vice President (EVP) of the Fortune 500 company. From 1982 through 1997 he was the EVP of Pincus Brothers, Inc. and Seitchik & Sons, Inc., both couture garment manufacturing companies. Until Naresh’s presence, all of these companies were performing poorly in the marketplace. He was able to turn these companies around into thriving, lucrative entities. He also performed many consulting jobs aiding other failing businesses. In 1999, he created Diamond Express Car Wash, Inc.; a group of car washes which is still in operation today. Naresh has always been a prolific philanthropist, especially amongst the underprivileged. In 2011, he founded the Naresh C. Jain Scholarship fund, which sends 24 students a year to IIT, tuition-free. In 2014, he was honored with the IIT (BHU) Global Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2017, Naresh received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Mechanical Engineering Dept. of IIT(BHU). In 2019, he received both the “Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award” from IIT (Delhi) and the “Distinguished Alumnus Dedicated to Alma mater Award”, which was presented at the IIT (BHU)’s Centenary Celebrations in Varanasi, India. A new college at the institution has also been named “The Naresh C. Jain School of Decision Science and Engineering” due to his significant financial contribution. Recently, Naresh, along with a few other dedicated Alumni formed the IIT (BHU) Foundation with the hopes of raising funds to improve and enrich the institution. Naresh strongly believes that it is a moral obligation of each of us to help our alma mater and our country of birth, India, which is still a poor country.
Vikash is highly motivated to support his alma mater regain its glory as of the premier engineering college in India. Vikash feels indebted for the life-shaping experiences that he received in the holy city of Banaras as a teenager. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT (BHU), Vikash completed Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering and Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then received his MBA from The Harvard Business School. In his professional career, Vikash Agrawal is a Serial Entrepreneur and Investor who has founded several digital health companies. Currently, he serves as Executive Chairman of Levrx where he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. Prior to Levrx, Vikash served as Chairman & Co-Founder of Etransmedia, a software company that provided Electronic Health Records, and Patient Engagement software to physician practices and hospitals. Vikash helped grow this company to over 700 employees located in 12 offices serving over 15,000 healthcare entities across the US. His past experiences also include Sales roles at Ariba, Product Management at Symantec, and Engineering design at GE Power Systems.
Arun Tripathi is an Executive Vice President (EVP) at Guaranteed Rate, a top US mortgage bank based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining Guaranteed Rate, Arun worked for HSBC, Bank of America and USAA in New York City, New York, Charlotte, North Carolina and San Antonio, Texas respectively in various leadership roles across product/pricing, capital markets, sales/marketing, operations and marketing/strategy. He started his career in Tata Steel as a Graduate Trainee in Jamshedpur, India and also worked for Infosys, Bhubaneshwar, India briefly. Arun received a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering degree from IIT (BHU) and an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance from The Pennsylvania State University. Arun feels a deep connection to IIT (BHU) and the city of Banaras as that is where he spent his formative years and made lifelong friends. The creation of IIT (BHU) Foundation, with the singular goal to raise funds, has given him a great opportunity to contribute meaningfully to his alma mater. Arun also co-chaired a very successful IIT (BHU) Centenary Celebrations event that was held in Princeton, NJ in 2019.
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