Micron's $200M Research Facility Complete

Boise, Idaho-based and Indian American-led Micron has completed its new research facility. The facility will allow the company, led by CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, to expand its research and development. Mehrotra called the facility the largest semiconductor research center for memory technology in the Western Hemisphere, according to an Idaho Statesman report. It will design memory products to help drive cars, improve cloud data-processing and perform other functions. Construction of the 100,000 square foot, four-story, $200 million plant began in October 2015 and ended in July. "That is very meaningful in terms of giving us greater flexibility to research and develop more memory technologies," Mehrotra said in the report. "So we can bring them faster to high-volume production at our building sites." The company employs 6,800 people in Boise. It is Idaho's largest publicly traded company.

WorkSpan Announces $9M Series A

WorkSpan, a network where marketing teams span boundaries to work across internal teams, external go-to-market partners and agencies to orchestrate marketing campaigns and programs, announced a $9 million series A funding round. The company is now making its global debut following a very successful early availability program that included SAP, Intel, CenturyLink and Infosys. “Companies need to engage with thriving ecosystems of partners to make themselves strategic and valuable for their ecosystem. This is a need that is being felt across industries – whether it be cloud providers and enterprise vendors in high tech or fast moving consumer goods in CPG, or multi-channel retailers, or service providers in financial services,” said Mayank Bawa, CEO and founder of WorkSpan. Added WorkSpan chief customer officer and founder Amit Sinha, "WorkSpan allows companies to redefine how they engage with strategic partners. Alliance, field and product marketing leaders no longer need to spend the bulk of their time connecting the dots. Now they have a network and collaborative apps to seamlessly coordinate marketing efforts, so they can focus on jointly winning shared customers and consumers.”

Choondassery Receives Faculty Excellence Award

Yesudas Choondassery a professor of the humanities and social sciences at Little Falls, N.J.-based Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, received the 2017 Honors Program Faculty Excellence Award. The Honors Program Faculty Award is based on the evaluations and nominations of the honors students, service to the program and the number of honors courses taught. In accepting the award, Choondassery said, “I am really proud of this. What gives me satisfaction in this job are the smiles and sense of accomplishment that I find on the faces of my students after they defend their thesis papers. It’s beyond words.” Choondassery has taught Berkeley College Honors scholars since 2011, and Honors scholars enrolled in the Directed Honors Research course online since 2012. In addition, he teaches introductory courses in philosophy and ethics, as well as feminist thought, social justice philosophies and gender, race and class. Choondassery earned his doctorate and M.Phil. from Drew University, his M.A. from Fordham University and B.A. from Kerala University.

Furniture Brand HATIL Enters India

HATIL, an international brand from Bangladesh in home and office furniture, opened its first showroom in Zirakpur, Punjab in India. HATIL is the largest furniture manufacturing company in Southeast Asia with 65 franchise stores and five exclusive stores in Bangladesh. Selim H Rahman, chairman and managing director of HATIL Complex Bangladesh, said, "We are excited to enter the Indian market from Punjab and intend to set up nearly 25-30 stores in the country in about three years’ time." HATIL has over 80 across the globe in Australia, Bhutan, Canada, Middle East, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and the U.S. HATIL has plans to expand in tier-2 cities in India on a franchise model, Rahman said. Two more outlets are planned in Chandigarh and five others in Punjab are planned, according to a news release. HATIL traces its root to HA Timber Industries Ltd., a company established in 1966, while HATIL was established in 1989 by Rahman.

Wipro, First Book Bring New Books to CA

Five thousand books were donated to students in the Mountain View and East Palo Alto areas in California throughout August as a result of a partnership between Wipro Ltd., a global IT, consulting and business process services company, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that has delivered more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools with children in need. The National Book Bank distributes 10 million books annually, and with Wipro’s support, 19,000 of these books will be donated to schools and programs in Mountain View, East Palo Alto, Boston, Seattle and Indianapolis. "Wipro is excited to further engage with the community through its contribution to the critical importance of access to books," said Wipro chief sustainability officer Anurag Behar. Since 2015, Wipro and First Book have partnered together to distribute over 118,000 books throughout the U.S. and Canada, with a goal of distributing over 200,000 books to children in need, as part of their three-year partnership.

Asia Pacific Region Awards Announced

Narayani Agrichems of Andhra Pradesh was one of four agricultural companies named an “Ambassador of Respect” for the 2017 Environmental Respect Awards. Additional ambassadors also were named for Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe/Middle East/Africa. Narayani Agrichems received the award during a special ceremony in Wilmington, Dela. “DuPont is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Environmental Respect Awards and applauds their accomplishment in environmental stewardship,” said Tim Glenn, president of DuPont Crop Protection. “These leaders are helping to advance environmental safety as well as the safe use of agricultural products. We hope they will inspire others who share our passion and commitment to elevate environmental stewardship around the world.” Said Venkata Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh-based company, “When we received these prestigious awards, the ag industry and our community have come to know about our core values and the way DuPont respects people who respect the environment. I feel these awards have given me an enormous responsibility towards a safe environment.” 2017 marks the program’s 27th year honoring the stewardship, sustainability, safety and community outreach efforts of the world’s leading agricultural retailers and distributors.

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