Sanjay Mehrotra, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of flash memory storage giant SanDisk Corporation, was presented a “Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 13th annual Asian American Engineer of the Year Award ceremony, held March 1 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel in Burlingame, Calif.
The event was hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA.
The Asian American Engineer of the Year Award was previously a key program of DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineering Week Foundation).
CIE/USA hosts the annual gathering to recognize outstanding engineers in the U.S. of Asian heritage. This was the third time the event was held in the San Francisco Bay Area in the last 13 years.
The other major award among 22 honors handed out in the evening was given to Professor Ernest Kuh of the University of California at Berkeley, who received the “Distinguished Science and Technology Award.”
Others honored at the banquet included several Indian Americans: Sanjay K. Mehta, senior electrical engineer and technical program manager in the sensors and sonar systems department at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, in Newport, R.I.; Geeth Chettiar, a director at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; Raj Tanwar, a subject matter expert in command and control systems at the Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training; Ruchir Puri, an IBM Fellow at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; and Jatin Mehta, senior electrical engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp.
Before becoming president and CEO at SanDisk in 2011, Mehrotra was president and chief operating officer of the company. Under the Indian American CEO’s guidance, the company expanded its focus to solid-state drive solutions and growth strategies for mobile and client computing.
Mehrotra has B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from U.C.-Berkeley and graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program. The holder of over 70 patents, he is a board member of Cavium, the Global Semiconductor Alliance, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.
Sanjay Mehta has been a technical and scientific leader and key contributor in active and passive anti-submarine warfare, surface ship torpedo defense and weapons guidance and control. He has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester.
Jatin Mehta has pioneered system-engineering tools to manage guidance and processes for nuclear systems at Lockheed, was awarded a patent for the AC link converter switch engine and is a recipient of the Lockheed Martin Trade Secret Award.
A leader of Lockheed’s Asian Heritage Association Employee Resource Group, he has a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas.
Chettiar, who has been with Lockheed Martin 23 years, currently runs a large group responsible for software excellence within aeronautics covering fighter jets, carriers and advanced programs.
A member of the advisory board of the College of Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington, she has served on the board of an Asian battered women’s organization and is active with the Young Women Christian Association of Fort Worth, Texas.
Puri leads high performance design and methodology solutions for IBM’s enterprise server and system chip designs and is heading design methodology for future processors.
A member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an IBM Master Inventor and former adjunct professor at electrical engineering department at Columbia University, he has a B.S. in electronics and communication engineering from National Institute of Technology-Kurukshetra, an M.S. in E.E. from IIT-Kanpur and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from University of Calgary in Canada.
Born into a large family of farmers in India, Tanwar has B.S. and M.S. degrees in organic chemistry from Meerut University and an M.S. in computer science from SUNY in Utica, N.Y.
She has more than 24 years of systems and software engineering experience supporting foreign and domestic programs for Seawolf and Aegis combat systems and has led teams of over 200 people at Lockheed.