The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) on Feb. 6, 2021 held its annual general meeting presided over by Pradeep Khosla, PhD, chancellor at University of California San Diego (UCSD)
Members from all chapters across the United States joined via online video conferencing to witness the inauguration of the new ASEI National Board of Directors. ASEI President Piyush Malik announced his executive team and the launch of new programs and initiatives for 2021.
“People of Indian origin are excelling in engineering in the US in companies all around the USA and they have broken the glass ceiling multiple times and very successfully and got visibility. With visibility comes great responsibility towards the broader community to give back and that’s where ASEI fits in,” Khosla is quoted saying in his speech.
Malik discussed new programs by ASEI like ‘Engineering Tales’, ‘Mentor Connect’, ‘University Connect’, webinar series ‘Getting Real with Engineering’, and STEM programs such as ‘Youth Technology Exposition’ aimed to help budding and early tenure engineers with career and professional guidance, the press release said.
Chapter presidents Muthu Sivananthan (from Michigan), Sri Gavini (Southern California), Venkat Gurunathan (Washington DC) and Ashish Mehta (San Diego) introduced their respective chapter’s board members to the audience.
The event concluded with an interactive open mike networking session with all members sharing their opinions.
In an earlier event, ASEI hosted Ambassador Amit Kumar, Consul General of India, Chicago on Jan. 28, 2021, to celebrate India’s 73nd Republic Day. Consul General Kumar dwelt on technology and development, and elaborated on the growth underway in India. He emphasized how significant India-US relations are and highlighted their collaborative efforts in the areas of energy, science and technology.
“Just in the last year alone, India received around 57 billion USD of investment focused on Digital space,” Kumar was quoted saying in the press release.