A dozen Indian Institute of Technology at Madras graduates were honored April 18 with the institution’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The honor was bestowed on the alumni during the 58th Institute Day of IIT Madras on campus, with alumnus and Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Dr. Girija Vaidyanathan serving as the chief guest.

IIT Madras’ director professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, who delivered the presidential address, named the 12 alumni recipients as well as presented the Institute Research Award to 29 research scholars in appreciation of the work they have completed.

Among the recipients of the award included dean and professor at Carnegie Mellon University Ramayya Krishnan, PriTel Inc. founder and president Dr. K. Virupaksha Reddy, CAMS Pvt. Ltd. founder V. Shankar, Intel Fellow and director of circuit technology research at Intel Corp. Dr. Vivek De, Hindalco Industries Ltd. managing director Satish Pai, and Arizona State University chair professor and executive vice president Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan.

"I am proud to represent my alma mater in all that I do, and humbled that the Institute has honored me with this award," Krishnan said. "I look forward to visiting campus and having an opportunity to catch up and share stories with my fellow alumni honorees,” the Indian American educator added.

Krishnan is the dean of CMU’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, as well as the William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems.

“Professor Ramayya Krishnan joins an illustrious group of distinguished alumni of IIT Madras who are academicians,” Ramamurthi said. “Professor Krishnan is renowned for his seminal contributions to the field of Information Systems, and has made his alma mater proud with his accomplishments as dean of the College for Information Systems at CMU.”

Krishnan received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from IIT Madras in 1981, and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Texas in 1983 and 1987, respectively.

Also honored were Latent Analytics chairman and founder Venkat Viswanathan, Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore mechanical engineering professor Dr. Pradip Dutta, IIT Bombay computer science and engineering chair professor Dr. S. Sundarshan, ISRO Propulsion Complex director Dr. P.V. Venkitakrishnan, Institute for Policy Research Studies president Dr. M.R. Madhavan, and Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Dr. Anand Raghunathan.

"I'm honored and humbled to receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras," Viswanathan said. "Since founding LatentView, it's been exciting to watch the company grow into a truly global analytics firm that helps brands gain insight and value from data streams. I'm also proud that we've been able to employ hundreds of people in a competitive technology field, both in the U.S. and other regions around the world."

Viswanathan founded LatentView Analytics in 2006 along with co-founders Ramesh Hariharan and Pramad Jandhyala. Under Viswanathan's leadership, LatentView has established a significant global presence to address burgeoning market demand. These analysts are influencing the strategic decisions that Fortune 500 companies are making around the world.

"For his exemplary leadership and commitment to excellence in digital analytics, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Venkat Viswanathan," Ramamurthi said.

The Distinguished Alumnus awards are presented annually by the institute. Since their inception in 1996, 147 alumni have been selected for the award, including CMU president Subra Suresh.

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