American Association of Indian Engineers-Milwaukee, hosts successful annual gala

AAEIO Milwaukee Chapter’s lamplighting ceremony Inagurated by Deputy Consul General of India Chicago T.D Bhutia. PHOTO: AAEIO

The American Association of Engineers of Indian Origin, AAEIO- Milwaukee chapter, marked its first anniversary with a successful event attended by distinguished guests, including Deputy Consul General of India T.D. Bhutia, prominent leaders from the engineering community, business figures, and engineers from diverse fields in Milwaukee.

Launched in 2022, the Milwaukee Chapter aimed to establish a networking platform, support entrepreneurship, and provide mentoring for engineering professionals and students, a Feb. 11, 2024, press release from the organization said.

The event commenced with the rendition of the American and Indian national anthems, followed by the lighting of the ceremonial diya by the guests.

AAEIO Panel discussion on Gen AI on Business and Jobs, held as part of the February Annual Gala of the Milwaukee Chapter. PHOTO: AAEIO

Muralikrishnan Raghavendran, President of the Milwaukee Chapter, led the proceedings, providing an overview of the accomplishments in the first year. Noteworthy achievements included forging a partnership with the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee student group under the guidance of Dr. Kaushal Chari, Dean of the Lubar School of Business, and enhancing diversity by welcoming accomplished women engineers to the board.

Gladson Varghese, president of AAEIO Chicago, extended a warm welcome to the chief guest and elucidated the vision and mission of the parent organization, inviting engineers to join the chapter and offer their support.

Deputy CG Bhutia delivered the keynote address, emphasizing the success of Indian-origin engineers in the US and recognizing high achievers across various fields, including  Raghunathan Rajagopalan, Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual, Rashi Khosla Arora, CEO of Mars Solution Group, and Lalitha Murali, a gifted and talented STEM teacher from the Shorewood School District.

Performance by local dance artists and students at the AAEIO-Milwaukee Chapter’s annual gala. PHOTO: AAEIO

The event featured a panel discussion on the “Impact of Generative AI,” with panelists offering perspectives on upskilling and leveraging technology for improved business outcomes. The panel included Kathy Henrich, CEO of Milwaukee TechHub, Rashi Arora Khosla, Ganesh Mayya, SVP of GE Healthcare, and Sivapunniyam Dakshinamurthy, CEO of SignaTech. The discussion was moderated by Madhu Expedith, a board member of the chapter.

The event concluded with lunch catered by Cafe 94, hosted by Parminder Singh Goldy and Jay Patel. Local dance artists and students performed during lunch.



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