News 2022

08/17
ASEI Engineer of the Year 2013 Padmasree Warrior speaks with us!

Chapter: ASEI National

In the Indo-American community, who doesn’t  know Padmasree Warrior? Well at least in the silicon valley, her name is synonymous with womanpower. 
 
For those who are from a different generation or my not be familiar, let's give a brief introduction.
 
Padmasree Warrior is the Founder, President and CEO of Fable, a mobile-first company that brings stories for everyone, anywhere. Previously, Padma was the Chief Executive Officer of NIO U.S., Chief Development Officer and Board Member of NIO Inc., a manufacturer of smart, electric and autonomous vehicles. In this role she scaled the company from start-up to a successful IPO NYSE:NIO in 3 years.
Padmasree Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Wireless”. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of “50 Women to Watch.” Fast Company included her among the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” The Economic Times listed her as “the 11th Most Influential Global Indian.”
 
Originally from south India, after graduating from IIT Delhi, she came to the US for her masters at Cornell. Padma  has been a member of Microsoft's board of directors since December 2015. She is also a board member at Spotify .She was a member of the Gap Inc. board from 2013 to 2016[23] and the Box board from 2014 to 2016. 
 
Apart from numerous commercial accolades and those from ASEI, she was recognized by National Association of Asian American Professionals NAAAP with a Lifetime achievement award NAAAP100 in 2021  
 
In our Engineering Tales Episode 7 last week, Padma spoke with ASEI members and complemented us on continuing to inspire the next generation of technologists amongst the indo-american diaspora. She thanked ASEI for her 2013 Engineer of the Year award. Then she shared pertinent learnings from her career especially embracing change:
 
“Throughout my career, I have journeyed as an engineer to a technology executive to a CEO, not only changing roles along the way, but also industries—from Motorola to Cisco to Nio, and now Fable.”
 
As she has embraced change herself  along the way, she also observed an evolution of how people learn and interact with one another, which inspired her  to think about how we 1) apply technology to bring humanity back to each of us, and 2) make mental wellness through reading a priority.
 
She further shared the inspiration behind her  current venture, as the founder and CEO of Fable - a social reading app platform. She also added that Indian-American Titans of Industry—like Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Sundar Pichai of Alphabet, and Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo—curating book recommendations which you can find on Fable.
She invites all ASEI members  to read along with  her  in her own club, or join one of the many other free clubs you can find in the Fable app.
Additionally, she mentioned that they  have amazing Career Development Book Clubs, which are designed to help you get to the next professional level, and are reimbursable through your company. In these clubs, you’ll study must-read books, get coaching from world-renowned leaders and authors, and connect with like-minded professionals, all on your schedule. You can learn more about these clubs at fable.co/career-development
In closing, Padma left us  with her  top 3 pieces of advice to young students or budding engineers and the importance of building networks through organizations like ASEI:
Invest in upskilling and reskilling yourself -  (eg making career coaching available through our Career Dev clubs) 
Seek new opportunities - don’t wait for the perfect job to land in your lap
Growth mindset - be curious and expand your areas of expertise
 
We are thankful for Padmasree Warrior in continuing to be a friend of ASEI as much as being a role model for not only all women of color but all Asian American Professionals
Join Padma in your reading journey with her featured club on Fable for free to learn about her career journey as well as leadership tips.

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08/15
Happy 75th Independence day #AZADIKAAMRITMAHOTSAV

Chapter: ASEI National

Celebrating an important milestone today.... 75 years ago on 15th August 1947 India became independent from the British colonial rule.
 
Since then, the vision, enterprising spirit and innovative ideas along with hard work of over a billion Indians have propelled us to hold our head high in the world as the largest functioning running democracy and significant progress in technology, innovation and self sufficiency.
 
ASEI (American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin) has stood for not only a safe space for diaspora scientists, engineers and technologists to grow, share knowledge and help develop the next generation, but also strengthening Indo-US technological relations and collaborations since inception.
 
We greet all our members and well wishers and proud to celebrate the #azadikaamritmahotsav2022 with our Motherland! #jaihind
 
Piyush Malik Jwalant Lakhia Ram Ramanujam Vatsala Upadhyay Rakesh Patel Neeraj Bindal Shreekant Agrawal Subba Rao Gopavarapu Jag Kottha Sanjay B Dalal Muthu Sivanantham Puneet Dixit Venkat Gurunathan Rakesh Guliani Amit Kumar Dr TV Nagendra Prasad

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08/04
Did you miss our August Newsletter ?

Chapter: ASEI National

The latest edition of the newsletter has been sent to all members  but the online edition is available here. Happy reading and catching up on all that happened in the last month and what lies ahead with your society.
 
Highlights from the #ASEI August newsletter :✅Data Analytics & Storage  (Part2) - An overview of past, present and future of Storage by Surbhi Paul✅Celebrating our Gurus, Teachers & Mentors by Piyush Malik✅ ASEI wins Aspirations in Computing  NCWIT Award for mentoring and encouraging women and  the underrepresented in the community ✅“Cybersecurity is not optional” Musings from the Cybersecurity  Summit" by Syna Sharma ✅Gaming is hot but building games is hotter + Moonpreneur Inc  Internship - an offer by Alok Jain✅Youth Corner with world's youngest VC Taarini Kaur Dang - by Aditya Guthey, Communication Skills Trainer and Coach 🎯✅Roboart for children of digital age - by Srini Vemula💥Upcoming FREE events🚨Aug 7th:  9 am PT : Engineering tales with Padmasree Warrior CEO Fable https://lnkd.in/guGQsqTc🚨 Aug 13:  Breaking the Glass ceiling  -  in-person Panel discussion at University of Maryland, Baltimore with  Women leaders Aastha Verma @Geetha Ravishankar Rosemary C. Cox Archana Gharpuray Alka Bhave  Neeta Pavle, CISSP @Lorrie A KrebsFree Registration https://lnkd.in/gu6xQiZ7🚨 Aug 27:  Mentor Connect Mid year review   -  Virtual discussion with Preetha Ram and Rophin Paul https://lnkd.in/gRPR6gfsThe August issue of the ASEI Newsletter was emailed to all members on the first day of the month. If you are missing it, either your are not on our mailing list or please check your spam/junk folders and if you still cant find it , please let us know in the comment below.For convenience, enclosed is a pdf copy to download and read more (embedded links will work) 💥Do provide feedback in the comments below as to what activities and programs you would like to see more of.💥Also, do tag your friends and ask them to follow this American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) page so as not to miss any of our upcoming exciting activities and updates. 💥A big THANKS to  all our achievers, expert speakers, content contributors, community builders and collaborators highlighted  in July : Surbhi Paul  Piyush Malik Srini Vemula Murali Chirala BV Jagadeesh Abhinav Asthana   Raju Reddy Mahantesh Hiremath Urmi Sumant Guru Madhavan @azad madhni Hashima Hasan, Kalyani Sukhatme, Kartik Sheth , Ranga Chary   Editorial /Content team Sunita Dublish Vatsala Upadhyaya Puneet Dixit Amrish Chopra Devika Dixit Surbhi Paul Syna Sharma Krrish Mujjoo Isha Jagadish Nidhi Mathihalli Muthu Sivanantham Santosh Ankola Raju Shreewastava #engineeringexcellence #leadership #mentorconnect #youthempowerment #newsletter
 
 
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07/28
Data Data Everywhere: Question is where to Store?

Chapter: ASEI National

From magnetic tapes to floppy disks to the cloud - The world of Storage has come a long way. Here’s a capsule size overview of the past, present and future of storage by Surbhi Paul,

Our ability to receive, store, and recall data has changed tremendously over the last hundred years. Let’s take a walk through time and trace the past, present, and future of data storage.  From 1930s-1990s, there has been an evolution of storage devices from magnetic tapes and drums, an early form of computer memory wherein the electromagnetic pulse was stored by changing the magnetic orientation of ferromagnetic particles, to floppy disks, hard drives and flash drives. Hard drives continued to reduce in size and evolved into flash storage drives.

 
The transition from magnetic, mechanical rotating disk to semiconductor flash storage is not a minor transition. After a long stagnant period, storage over the last decade has experienced a technological turning point with the development of semiconductor-based flash memory for both consumer and enterprise applications. The advent of flash memory is not simply a change in media, where one can obtain its benefits entirely just by replacing a disk with an SSD. The advantages of flash will only be fully realized with entirely new storage software and entirely new computing stacks. Legacy vendors cannot afford to abandon their existing code to take full advantage of flash – they have simply thrown SSDs into their existing arrays. With no rotating media baggage, data storage leaders are focused entirely on maximizing the advantages of flash for new and existing computing architectures, and on leveraging the faster price declines of flash to penetrate deeper into storage tiers.

The world is experiencing additional technological revolutions, driven by technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, quantum computing, and self-driving cars.  All of these developments create and require large amounts of very fast data. The present and future lies in modern and dynamic data experience. Customers are facing multiple challenges, including executing ambitious plans for digital transformation. Technology leaders are rejecting excessive system complexity and technical debt that hinder infrastructure modernization efforts. The approach to Ops is changing: DevOps and AIOps are enabling companies to focus on managing their business rather than managing infrastructure. And they’re hiring more developers. CIOs have a mandate to develop cloud initiatives that drive corporate value while addressing application performance bottlenecks. And every business wants to extract more intelligence from their data.
A modern and dynamic data experience starts with a storage-as-a-service approach to enable organizations to leverage more of their data while reducing the complexity and expense of managing infrastructure. Customers want their requirement for data to be agile, dynamic, and delivered in the cloud-like as-a-service model. Digital businesses of tomorrow are building on the cloud-native stack. The combination of best-in-class, enterprise-grade storage infrastructure and Kubernetes data platform will provide the most complete data-services platform for building, automating, protecting, and securing all applications—both traditional and now, cloud-native. The focus needs to be on meeting the needs of cloud-native developers and DevOps teams, how and where they run - on any cloud, any infrastructure, any storage - and supporting them at every stage of the cloud-native journey.
Data storage - physical, virtual, containers are all viable deployment models. Customers are at the point where they are making the decision and looking to stand-up the environments, automate the deployment and consume them as a service. In the near future, they no longer want to worry about setting up anything or even deciding where to deploy their apps/data, they just want it delivered as a service. 
What else does the future hold for data storage? The current hard drives consist of rapidly spinning platters that rotate at a given speed. However, the air they’re filled with adds a fair amount of drag on those platters, due to which a fair amount of additional energy is required to rotate them. Using helium instead of air, helium-filled drives use less power to spin the disks, running cooler and in turn, allowing you to pack more data onto each disk.

Quantum memory is another promising area, though it's too expensive to be a viable data storage method for consumers today. Cost, however, isn't the only limitation. The quantum information is fragile and ephemeral. Scientists have been working on quantum storage in order to provide instant data syncing between two points anywhere. Right now this technology can only store tiny amounts of data for a very short amount of time, but if it works and takes off, we could see instant data syncing between two points anywhere.
 
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Surbhi Paul serves on the ASEI Silicon Valley Board. She  is a technologist with 15+ years of experience in business and technology roles. She has been involved in engineering, product management, product marketing roles at large global companies with multi-billion dollar revenues and multi-stage startups scaling from pre-revenue to $1B+. Currently, as a product marketer, she is leading the GTM of the flagship product at Portworx (Pure Storage). Surbhi has led and helped with community-based projects such as Project Udaan (Art of Living organization - rescuing and uplifting children of sex traffickers in India), teaching Science to under-privileged elementary school kids (Science is Elementary organization). She is also a passionate educator - served as a lecturer in an engineering college in Delhi, India and as a Python programming teacher at The Harker School. Surbhi has earned her Bachelor degree in Computer Sc. Engineering from Punjab Technical University, India and Masters in Computer Sc. and Engineering from San Jose State University.
Would you like to learn more about Storage ? Visit https://www.purestorage.com
 

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07/25
Youth Corner Featuring youngest VC Taarini Kaur Dang

Chapter: ASEI National

Eighteen-year-old Taarini Kaur Dang is an author, high schooler, TEDx Speaker, and the Founder and Managing Partner of the venture capital firm Brave14 Capital, for which she has raised $870k in funding.
 
Yeah, I know: that’s a lot to accomplish as an 18-year-old! And so, on the July 4th weekend, we sat down and dove into the different things that have made her the person she is today.
Taarini's drive for entrepreneurship was sparked when her parents shared their own stories of their entrepreneurial journey with her when she was just 6 years old. Taarini was fascinated by the impact you can have on others as an entrepreneur.
 
By the time she was in 8th grade, she started an entrepreneurship club, wherein students were assigned different roles based on their strengths. Learning about entrepreneurship, she was flabbergasted by the comparatively few number of women in the field. She also learned more about disadvantaged women and the lack of VC funding through non-profit organizations such as TIEcon and movements that represent marginalized communities, like the Jakara Movement. All of these events lead to the founding of the venture capital firm Brave14.
 
However, starting out, she, like many others, would sometimes lose motivation for her work. Her proposals and ideas would be misunderstood or shot down. Even loved ones would be indifferent to her ideas and vision. But what kept her going was her commitment to help other marginalized communities. It is her hope for these communities that propels her forward and inspires her to keep going, especially when the days get tough.
 
Through her work with her venture capital firm, her association with non-profit organizations, and her Instagram account @classywomenn, she inspires other women to pursue entrepreneurship. From time to time, she has also taken advantage of networking opportunities available through various organizations, which helped her gain more diverse perspectives and refine her presentation skills and the way she spoke about venture capital. That's why she recommends joining organizations like ASEI, which provide a platform for tech professionals and youth to network and gain inspiration from other industry leaders.
 
Her advice for youth today is to keep fighting. Continuing to pursue your passions; showcase the fact that you are worthy and capable. She says, "you have no idea how that will impact your life. You may not have all the bells and whistles in the early stages of your journey, but your ability to consistently move forward on your idea keeping the end in mind is the first and most important gateway to success."
 
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This article is based on conversations ASEI president Piyush Malik and ASEI youth coordinator Aditya Guthey, a Silicon Valley chapter member and a career coach have had with Taarini Kaur Dang  for ASEI Youth Corner via Youtube on 7/4 and on Clubhouse 7/24.
 
ASEI has a partnership with Moonpreneur - a Silicon Valley based startup that accelerates youths' path from STEM education to entrepreneurship. They are offering summer internships for ASEI youth members as well in summer 2022. Click to avail special offers for ASEI community
 

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07/23
James Webb's Success by Dr. Ranga Chary

Chapter: Michigan

 James Webb's Success by Dr Ranga Chary
 

 
Based on Dr Chary’s conversation with the ASEI members
 
On July 12 2022, the world was filled with wonder and delight by some amazing images that were coming out of NASA thanks to the iconic James Webb Space Telescope. “The dawn of a new era in astronomy has begun” wrote NASA after this first look at the full capabilities of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, in partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency). 
 
We got in touch with Dr Chary who is no stranger to ASEI with his recent presentation enlightening all of us with interesting facts about the search for alternate universes in the February-22 ASEI virtual event. Here are some of his insights about this recent breakthrough.
 
 The first James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) images are a spectacular view into the Universe and are just a harbinger of things to come from humanity’s latest space observatory. It is the result of the tireless, high-precision work over 20+ years of people from the U.S., Europe and Canada, and it required the largest ever investment of resources into an observatory by different governments. To put things in perspective, each US citizen has contributed a total of $2 over 20 years, to make this observatory happen.
 
        The Universe does not reveal its secrets easily, and taking ever higher-quality data is what builds our body of knowledge about the Universe that we humans live in. The first few snapshots from JWST have demonstrated the exceptional sharpness of the telescope and sensitivity to faint features over a multitude of wavelengths that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Analysis of the data and combining it with all the other data that has been taken from other telescopes, is just getting started. 
However, the JWST data by themselves have revealed that: 
1) some very hot Jupiter-like planets outside our solar system have water in their atmosphere
2) amazing streams of stars and gas that result from the interaction between galaxies
3) some of the most distant galaxies in the Universe that we knew about, have rapidly built up their metal content - something which was first hinted at in 10-20 year old data from NASA’s Infrared Great Observatory - the Spitzer Space Telescope. Since metals are cooked up inside stars, it means that those galaxies must have earlier generations of stars in them.
 
        The excitement of the astronomical community can best be gauged by the fact that the first results from analyzing these data are in scientific papers merely days after their release. Analysis is much like cooking - just like a chef compiles the ingredients and makes a very tasty dish, a scientist compiles all the data, and then does some careful calculations that fit all the measurements to obtain an understanding of the Universe. Without the data, the calculations are unconstrained, and without the calculations, the data are just pretty pictures.
 
Additional questions to Dr Chary:
 
Question: Is there some hope to mine Metals & Minerals from these distant galaxies?
 
Answer: Nope, no chance. Galaxies are too distant. 
Reasons why:


The nearest good sized galaxy is 150 milion light years away. And metals in galaxies are things like Iron, Neon, Oxygen (everything which is not Hydrogen or Helium is a metal for astronomers). 


Typically, when people think of mining for minerals, asteroids which swing by Earth orbit are a better bet but the amount of energy required to move a decent sized portion of metals is prohibitive (basically it will take $30-50k per Kg of material to move things in a controlled manner from Low Earth Orbit which is 600km above the Earth’s surface.). So, I think one needs to lose a couple of zeros :)


 
 
Dr Chary, who is a senior researcher and a project manager at the US Planck Data Center at Caltech. His broad interest includes understanding how nature works, either on the sky, on land or underwater. His research spans a number of topics, from the origin and evolution of the Universe to the formation of early galaxies and the characteristics of planets outside our Solar System.
 
Dr Chary argued that although they observe ‘anomalies’ citing the presence of alternate universes, the scientific bar is too high to prove that something is real and have to be a probability of one in a hundred million for it to exist.   
 
An entire recording of the february event presentation can be found here: https://youtu.be/9LOTFpT3_j4?t=935
 
Dr Chary holds a Ph.D in Astronomy & Astrophysics from UCLA and is a CS alum from NIT, Trichy, India. His recreational interests include scuba diving, wildlife conservation and exploring places which are off the beaten track.
 
James Webb and Origami 
https://webb.nasa.gov/content/features/origami.html
 https://webb.nasa.gov/content/features/mirrorMap.html
https://webb.nasa.gov/content/observatory/ote/mirrors/index.html#1a

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07/10
Did you not receive our July newsletter on the 1st?

Chapter: ASEI National