Santosh Tiwari

The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin, at its 32nd annual convention, honored several individuals with awards. Seen here (from left), along with ASEI’s Indian American president Rakesh Patel (third from left), are award recipients Hari Bindal, Aaron Ghumman, Mamatha Chamarthi, Bhushan Kulkarni and Dr. Rahul Mittal. (photo provided)

The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin Dec. 9 held its 32nd annual convention in Novi, Mich., focusing on the theme of emerging technologies and entrepreneurship.

The objective of the conference, which was successfully executed and attended by numerous Indian American scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders from across the U.S., was to provide a forum to promote and share advancements related to emerging technologies and entrepreneurship, the association said.

Featured at the convention were multiple interactive sessions with prominent business owners, technologists, media personalities, educators, policy makers and investment bankers, providing information and insight on many topics related to the convention theme.

Among the session topics were autonomous cars, latest trends in automotive transmissions technology, tax considerations for entrepreneurs, war on cash, and cybersecurity and healthcare, among others.

Detroit Flying Cars chief executive Sanjay Dhal and DeZai LLC founder and CEO Mehul Desai served as the keynote speakers at the convention.

Dhal, during his speech, talked about introducing new approaches, bridging diverse domains, small footprint thinking and seeking efficiencies while pursuing his lifelong passion for designing, building and flying models and full size aircraft, the association said.

Desai focused on fostering innovation in the areas of technology, new media and social entrepreneurship and his pioneering work in the field of secure transactions for mobile phone users.

The daylong convention concluded with a gala dinner celebration including Bollywood entertainment and keynotes speeches from chief information officer of ZF TRW Mamatha Chamarthi, Altair chief technology officer Sam Mahalingam and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence.

Additionally, during the evening gala, Chamarthi, GM global technical specialist Rahul Mittal, GDI Infotech/Infoready Corp. chief executive Bhushan Kulkarni and ASEI Seattle chapter president Aaron Ghumman were presented with the technology leadership, engineer/scientist of the year, entrepreneur of the year and ASEI Founder’s awards, respectively.

Harinder Bir Singh, Anjali Tiwari and Santosh Tiwari from the ASEI Michigan chapter were also recognized with an award for their dedicated service and commitment to ASEI for many years.

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