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 FAN 2016:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship
             Washington University in St. Louis October 14 and 15, 2016

IITB HF, IIT Bombay and Washington University in St. Louis organized the 2016 Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) Meeting in St. Louis.  The theme of this year’s meeting was Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  The meeting was opened by Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Washington University and Deputy Director Prasanna Majumdar, IIT Bombay who read remarks from Director Devang Khakhar. The meeting was coordinated by faculty leaders – Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean, Bothell School of Business, U of Washington and Milind Atrey, Director, SINE, IIT Bombay.  Keynote presentations were given by Greg Hyslop, CTO, Boeing Corporation; Provost Holden Thorp, Washington University; Rakesh Sachdev, CEO, Platform Chemicals; Dr. Shailesh Mehta, Managing Partner, Granite Hill Capital; Victor Menezes; Retired Vice Chairman, Citibank; and Emre Toker, Director Skandalaris Center.  These presentations were followed by interactive discussions with panelists including Rakesh Mathur, Serial Entrepreneur;  Salil Donde, Executive VP, NASDAQ, Anand Kusre, Desai-Sethi Center, IIT B; faculty from Washington University and IIT Bombay.  A highlight of this year’s FAN meeting was also a pitch presentation by 9 startup company CEOs.  A group of VCs from both India and US provided feedback to the companies.  Presentations were also made by Suresh Shenoy and Ruyintan Mehta on the Wheels Foundation.  Additional events organized included the celebration of the graduation of the first MBA batch of the joint IIT Bombay – Washington University program in Bombay, India; with a keynote presentation by David Farr, CEO, Emerson Corporation.  IIT B also organized an interactive discussion meeting of its Distinguished Alumni on Sunday.  Overall, the events were enjoyed by the alumni and attendees, and also prompted several networking and collaboration opportunities. 



Mark Wrighton, Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis welcoming the attendees.


Provost Holden Thorp presenting keynote address titled: The Valley of Death in Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Shailesh Mehta, Distinguished Alumnus delivering a keynote address at the 2016 FAN Meeting.



Ruyintan Mehta, President, IITB HF and Suresh Shenoy, Distinguished Alumnus present information on WHHEELS Foundation.


Victor Menezes, Distinguished Alumnus presenting an inspiring talk on “Giving Back to the Alma Mater”


Fireside Chat: L to R: Suresh Shenoy, Prof. Anil Gupta, Sandeep Krishnamurthy (Co-Convener, FAN 2016), Shailesh Mehta and Victor Menezes.










Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15, 2016
St. Louis, USA

The 2016 IIT Bombay Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) Symposium will be organized around the themes of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This year’s conference coincides with the first graduation of the IITB-Washington University Olin Business School’s Executive MBA degree program on Friday, October 14, 2016; followed by the full day conference at Bauer Hall Auditorium on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
This is a Free Event but Registration is required.
This Symposium will foster profound collaborations through interactive conversations among participants.
The goals of the conference are-
1. To encourage creative and interdisciplinary exchanges between distinguished faculty, industry leaders, and, policy makers students interested in technology-led innovation and entrepreneurship. 
2. To strengthen the link between intellectual capital from universities and startup launch and scale-up on a global stage.
3. To learn from faculty experts about the fundamental upcoming shifts in key technology domains and their impact on innovation systems.
4.  To mentor, coach and advice student entrepreneurs from IIT Bombay and elsewhere through the inaugural Fast Pitch competition..





         FAN 2015:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship

        Washington University in St. Louis
        October 10, 2015


The IITB Heritage Foundation hosted the Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) 2015 Symposium on Advanced Manufacturing at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA on Saturday, October 10, 2015. The Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) is a network and community of IIT Bombay (IITB) alumni with backgrounds as researchers, university faculty members, students, and administrators.  FAN was created under the auspices of IITBHF in 2003 with the primary goals of assisting IITB recruit top faculty members, and to facilitate creation of research collaboration opportunities for IITB faculty members.

This year the FAN symposium was divided into three different sessions related to the main topic of Advanced Manufacturing and how IITB could further the national agenda of “make in India”. The three sessions were Aerospace & Defense manufacturing, Bio-manufacturing and Electronics. Industry leaders and IIT Bombay faculty members came together at the symposium to explore and discuss the current and future developments in these areas. It was a very engaging program and well received by over 80 guests including several prospective faculty candidates who attended the event.




The program started with an introduction by IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation’s President, Sandeep Pandya and welcome note by IIT Bombay Director Devang Khakhar. Prof. Subramanian (Subu) Iyer (Professor, EE Department at UCLA), chaired and organized the symposium. Prof. Pratim Biswas recapped the previous FAN events.

Dr. Pramod Khargonekar gave a very insightful plenary talk which set the tone for the symposium. Keynote speakers, Dr.Narendra Joshi, Dr. Naveed Hussain, Mr.Ajit Manocha, and Dr. Catherine Mohr kept the audience engaged with their dynamic talks.  Panelists Dr. Asim Tewari, Dr. Khushroo Lakdawala, Prof. Suhas Joshi, Mr. Ashutosh Gunderia, Mr. Ar Rm Arun, Mr. Ardeshir Contractor, Dr.Sunder Kamath, Prof. Rajiv Doshi, Prof. B. Ravi, Prof. Soumya Acharya, and Dr.Rajesh Mehta provided vibrant discussions on different topics.  Prof. Suhas Joshi, Prof. Subu Iyer, and Dr. Manish Agarwal were chairs and the panel discussion moderators for Aerospace & Defense, Electronics, and Bio Engineering sessions, respectively.



Well chosen panel discussion topics, plenary and keynote speakers, panelists, and flawless delivery of the program by the chairs contributed to the success of the FAN 2015 Symposium.



Faculty Alumni Network Meeting
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay


Hotel Taj Exotica Goa

Saturday, January 17, 2015


7:30 – 8:00 am            Registration

8:00– 8:15 am              Welcome Address by Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director,IIT Bombay

8:15 – 9:45                  SessionI: Solar Energy and Energy Storage

Rahul Walwalkar, Founder and Director, India Energy Storage Association
Sagar Mitra, Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay

Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Professor, IIT Bombay (TBC)
Pratim Biswas, Professor, Washington University in St. Louis

9:45-10:15                   Break

10:15 – 11:45              Session II: Climate Change
Chandra Venkataraman, Professor, IIT Bombay

Subimal Ghosh, Associate Professor, IIT Bombay

Anil Kulkarni, Professor, IISc (TBC)

11:45 – 12:45              Session III: Panel Discussion

Collaboration of Universities and Industry for Energy Research
Mark Wrighton, Devang Khakhar, Rahul Walwalkar,
 and Rahul Tongia, Brookings India (TBC)
Moderated by Pratim Biswas

12:45 – 2 pm               Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 pm            Session IV: Climate and Energy Policy

Sudhir Chella Rajan, Professor, IIT Madras
Rahul Tongia, Brookings India (TBC)
K. Narayanan, Professor, IIT Bombay

3:30-4:30 pm              Session V: Invited Keynote by Mark S. Wrighton, Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis

Science and Engineering to Meet Global Energy Needs
4:30- 5:00 pm              Break

5:00 – 5:30 pm            Summary and Conclusion (Chandra Venkataraman, Sagar Mitra)


7:30 pm onwards        Networking Dinner






Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) 2014 - "Data Management, Mining and Analytics”

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Hilton Santa Clara

The 2014 Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) meeting will be held at Santa Clara, CA on Sunday, October 19, 2014. The theme of FAN 2014 event is "Data Management, Mining and Analytics" and we expect to have many eminent speakers and panelists in attendance both from IIT Bombay as well as from industry and academia in the US.

Senior IITB faculty members including the Director and several Deans will be attending this event, and FAN 2014 is a great opportunity to meet and network with attendees from North America and India.

When: Sunday October 19, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM PDT

Where:Hilton Santa Clara

4949 Great America Parkway,

Suite 115
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 330-0001
Time                Event  
8:30 - 9:30       Registration & Networking     
9:30 - 10:15     Welcome by IIT-B Director Prof. DevangKhakhar  

10:15 - 11:15   Keynote: Raghu Ramakrishnan (Microsoft), "Big Data: Beyond Map-Reduce"       

11:15 - 11:30   Coffee break  

11:30 - Noon   Sanjeeva Srivastava (IITB): "Big Data for Medicine"           

Noon - 12:30   Pushpak Bhattacharya (IITB): "Machine Translation in Times of Big Data"

12:30 - 1:30     Lunch 

1:30 - 2:30       DharmendraModha (IBM): Brain-Inspired Computing         

2:30 - 2:45       Coffee break  

2:45 - 3:15       SunitaSarawagi: (IITB) Open-domain Quantity Queries on Web Tables       

3:15 - 3:45       SoumenChakrabarti (IITB): Interpreting Queries by Linking Web Text to                         Knowledge Graphs

3:45 - 4:45       Panel discussion: Benchmarking Research Quality     

Panelists:          Dir. DevangKhakhar (IITB), ChetanKhosla (Stanford), andRaghu Ramakrishnan (Microsoft)




Featured Speakers 

Prof. Ravishankar (Chair of FAN 2014 Symposium) is a Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean in the Bourns College of Engineering. His research investigates various practical and theoretical issues in the areas of Databases, Networking, and Security. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a doctorate in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Raghu Ramakrishnan is a Technical Fellow in the Cloud and Enterprise (C&E) at Microsoft Corp. He focuses his work on big data and integration between C&E's cloud offerings and the Online Services Division's platform assets. He has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of database systems, data mining, search and cloud computing.

 Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha is an IBM Fellow and IBM Chief Scientist for Brain-inspired Computers.  He is a cognitive computing pioneer who envisioned and now leads a highly successful effort to develop brain-inspired computers.  The groundbreaking project, SyNAPSE, funded by DARPA to the tune of $53.5M, is multi-disciplinary, multi-national, multi-institutional and has had worldwide scientific impact. 

Sunita Sarawagi  (IITB) researches in the fields of databases, data mining, and machine learning.  Her current research interests are web information extraction, data integration, graphical models and structured learning.  She is a member of the faculty at IIT Bombay and is currently on a one year sabbatical at Google. 

Soumen Chakrabarti  (IITB) received his B.Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1991 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and 1996.His current research interests include integrating, searching, and mining text and graph data models, exploiting types and relations in search and dynamic personalization in graph-based retrieval and ranking models. 

Dr. Sanjeeva Srivastava (IITB) is Group Leader of Proteomics Laboratory at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India, a guest professor at the Central South University, China and a Visiting Scientist at the Biodesign Institute, Arizona. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and post-doc from the Harvard Medical School in the area of proteomics, and has specialized expertise in applications of data enabled sciences in global health, 

Dr. Pushpak Bhattacharyya (IITB) is the Vijay and SitaVashee Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay where he heads the Center for Natural Language Processing.Dr. Bhattacharyya was educated at IIT Kharagpur (B.Tech), IIT Kanpur (M.Tech) and IIT Bombay (PhD). 



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