Michigan’s Oakland County Executive recently announced its 2018 Elite 40 Under 40 class, with Indian Americans Shantha Kumari Rajendran and Adi Sathi among those honored.

Rajendran, 36, is a staff engineer and systems lead at Panasonic Automotive.

She has made many contributions to technology and has several inventions to her credit.

Rajendran has filed 10 patents in the U.S. Patent Office and recently, two of her patents have been approved by the patent office.

A graduate of computer science engineering in India and a master's in management in the U.S., as well as earning credits from Harvard University and MIT, Rajendran has presented technical papers at SID and SAE conferences.

Sathi, 27, serves as the director of Asian Pacific American engagement at the Republican National Committee and the chief of staff of the Young Republican National Federation.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, earning a bachelor's in political science and a master's of social work, as well as taking part in the Michigan Political Leadership Program Fellowship at Michigan State University, Sathi served as vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party from 2015 to 2017 as well as a legislative fellow through the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.

He has been with the RNC since November and the Young Republican National Federation since September. Sathi also serves as manager and adviser for campaigns and elections, doing so for more than 10 campaigns since 2010.

The Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40 program, in its seventh year, is an initiative of county executive L. Brooks Patterson that recognizes and spotlights dynamic leaders under the age of 40 who are making a difference in Oakland County and beyond. It is open to individuals who live or work in Oakland County.

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