Washington, D.C. — Kartik Kulkarni of Oracle was recently named the IEEE/IEEE-USA New Face of Engineering.
The Indian American engineer, 27, is a primary contributor to the Oracle Database In-Memory, which is capable of scanning seven billion rows per second. In 2009, Kulkarni’s volunteer team won the IEEE Distinguished Student Humanitarian Prize in the IEEE Presidents’ Change the World competition.
The award, which included a $5,000 prize, was in recognition for their project, “Electronic Aids for Physically and Mentally Handicapped Children.” The team of 19 students worked with the USHAS Center for Exceptional Children to develop games, devices and toys that engaged and stimulated handicapped youngsters.
Kulkarni earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, electronics and communication from India’s Visvesvaraya Technological University and a master of science in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.