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ASEI AI Summit 2021 Outline & Speaker Lineup

Chapter: ASEI National

Learn, Network and win Prizes!
ASEI will convene an AI Summit with a number of researchers, authors, speakers and experts covering AI from multiple perspectives: Augmented Intelligence with Data, AI/ML Solutions and Artificial Intelligence Applications for the enterprise  & AI Ethics 
Be amongst the first 20 to join the live audience on 24th April  for a chance to win 5 early bird giveaways. Also, submit your questions in advance via twitter @ASEIUSA and engage with us with hashtag #ASEI #AISUMMIT. There are prizes for most interesting questions raised and also most engaged participants will win one of 10 giveaway books .
 Prizes Sponsored By : O’reilly Media  & Packt
Register here to get a Zoom link
Here is the speaker lineup:
Dr Raj Reddy (First Asian Turing Award Winner ) AI Pioneer & Professor @Carnegie Mellon University & Stanford
Dabbala Rajagopal "Raj" Reddy is an Indian-American computer scientist and a winner of the Turing Award. He is one of the early pioneers of Artificial Intelligence and has served on the faculty of Stanford and Carnegie Mellon for over 50 years.
Dr Venkataraman (Sundar) Sundareswaran AI Fellow @ World Economic Forum
Sundar is an Artificial Intelligence Fellow at the World Economic Forum, where he is co-creating a governance framework with a multi-stakeholder community for the use of Chatbots in healthcare.  He represents Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation in this role at the Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Sundar is a seasoned technologist with research, development, P&L and executive leadership experience. With a Master’s degree in Natural Language Understanding and a PhD in Computer Vision, Sundar made numerous research contributions in robotics, neural networks, human computer interaction, virtual/augmented reality and autonomous vehicles, prior to taking leadership roles in advanced technology production facilities.  He is passionate about responsible deployment of novel technologies in societally important areas such as healthcare.
Topic: AI/ML Applications for the Enterprise
Piyush Malik Senior Vice President @ SpringML
Piyush is a startup executive, entrepreneur, board advisor and business transformation practitioner in emerging technologies. Currently as Senior VP at SpringML, a Google partner startup, Piyush is in charge of customer success solutions helping enterprise clients accelerate in their journey of AI-First and Cloud-First digital transformation. The technologies include AI/ML, IoT & Data Science. Formerly, he co-founded and led diversified, large, and high-caliber global teams of thousands at IBM and before that at PricewaterhouseCoopers to grow and scale his Fortune 500 client companies’ businesses spanning numerous industries and 4 continents. An alum of IIT Delhi, with a masters in Management of Technology and undergraduate in Telecom and Electronics Engineering, he has lived in the Silicon Valley for 25 years and has been serving on the boards of a number of professional and non-profit organizations including American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin.
Session 1 Topic: AI for Social Good
Dr Valiappa Lakshmanan 4X Author, Sr Director & Head AI Solutions @Google
Lak is the Director for Data Analytics and AI Solutions on Google Cloud. His team builds software solutions for business problems using Google Cloud's data analytics and machine learning products. Previously as a Director at the Climate Corporation, he led a team of data scientists (statisticians, engineers, meteorologists) who build probabilistic estimates of past, current and future weather. Before that, he was a Senior Research Scientist at CIMMS/U. Oklahoma/National Severe Storms Laboratory. His Google Scholar page captures the ways in which that work is used by other scientists.
Books: His O'Reilly books on Machine Learning Design Patterns, BigQuery: The Definitive Guide and Data Science on Google Cloud Platform are available from Amazon. My earlier book on Automating the Analysis of Spatial Grids can be read online and ordered from Springer's website.
Session 2 Topic: AI & You – How to think, transform, and thrive in an AI future
Dr Raj Ramesh TEDx Speaker & Author

Dr. Raj Ramesh, who has a doctorate in AI, has broad experience with digital transformation. He helps organizations bring together complementary strengths of machines and humans to effect grand change.  In his recent book, “AI & You: How to Think, Thrive, and Transform in an Artificial Intelligence Future,” he explores how individuals and companies can best prepare for the new changes AI will bring. Raj is passionate about simplifying the complexity of AI/ML so many more can understand the topic and adapt their professional career.  One way he does this is through easy to comprehend whiteboard videos. He has produced over 150 of them that are freely available on YouTube . He’s an engineer, designer, programmer, business owner, mentor,  data scientist, evangelist, storyteller, dreamer, teacher, speaker, writer, doodler, video creator, father, husband, dog owner, and probably a few more. 
Session 3 Topic: Rubber Meets the road: Natural Language Processing -- Big Models aren't enough
Ashish Bansal Author and Director @Twitch

Author of Advanced Natural Language Processing with TensorFlow 2 ( Ashish builds content recommendation engines at Twitch and was previously at Twitter. He was a Senior Director of Data Science at Capital One. Prior to Capital One, he co-founded GALE Partners and headed the Machine Learning group. He has over 19 years of experience in the technology industry, along with an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and B Tech from IIT BHU. His life's ambition is to be a Kung Fu master.
Session 4 : Women Panel : AI Ethics and Innovation in the enterprise
Dr.Sindhu Joseph CEO and Founder @ CogniCor Technologies, Inc.
Dr.Sindhu Joseph is the Founder and CEO of CogniCor, the leading AI Digital Assistant platform that delivers revolutionary operational efficiency and productivity for leading financial firms of the world. She holds a Ph.D. in AI, is the inventor of 6 patents, author, and speaker on topics around Enterprise AI, AI in Financial Services and diversity in AI. She is also a mentor to Nex3 AI Startup accelerator and is an advisory council member of Build Common Wealth Inc. She is based in Palo Alto, California, and drives CogniCor’s vision to provide thinking, talking face to every business. CogniCor, created out of her Ph.D., combines traditional inductive AI with advanced deductive AI and reasoning to offer a unique digital assistant platform built for business teams in the Financial services industry.
Bala Sahejpal Senior Vice President @DataRobot
Accomplished leader with the proven ability in leading cross functional global teams for building Data and Analytics solutions delivering enterprise success while securing multimillion-dollar savings for diverse business functions - Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Finance, Customer Service, and Engineering. Excellent understanding of business solutions, technologies and challenges associated with implementation of Data Science models, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Master Data solutions in medium to large-scale organizations.
Piyanka Jain President & Founder @Aryng
In more than 15 years as an analytics leader, Aryng Founder Piyanka Jain is a leading expert in Data Literacy, building Data Culture, Machine Learning, Data Science and Analytics. She is an Amazon #1 bestselling author in Data Mining, paid keynoter in conferences, and a regular contributor to Forbes, HBR, InsideHR, TDWI, Experian, Modern Workplace, Predictive Analytics World, etc. She has developed the BADIR framework which enables 10X+ faster insights, 20X+ impact, and has driven $1b+ in business impact for her clients. She has two Master’s degrees, with her thesis involving applied mathematics and statistics. Before founding Aryng, she was the Head of Business Analytics at PayPal-North America.

Getting from the Classroom to the C-Suite

Chapter: ASEI National

 Pathways that work - By Dr Preetha Ram

Career success is as much about content knowledge as about soft skills.  A  2014 survey from CareerBuilder found that 77% of employers surveyed believed soft skills were of equal importance as hard skills/technical competencies.  During my time as Dean for Science at Emory University, I was fortunate to encounter many young people starting out on their STEM careers. As  I kept up with their careers, I have, over time, developed strong notions on what contributes to success in STEM careers.   My hypothesis is that it takes both personality characteristics/attributes and knowledge/competencies to really succeed in one’s chosen career.  One without the other is like,  yin without the yang, the chole without the bhatura, the iddli without the chutney.
What are these personality attributes? And what are these competencies?  
At the ASEI EdTech event on April 10, Anita Kishore, Alok Jain, Srini Vemula and I explored these questions around the framework of helping children and youth get from the “Classroom to the C-Suite”.  
Curiosity, creativity, resilience, grit, and empathy are some well recognized traits that contribute to success.  These attributes allow one to keep learning, keep growing and respond to crises calmly and thoughtfully.  Parents can inculcate these attributes by helping their children reflect on their activities and encourage and discuss their children’s reading.  As important as asking thought provoking questions is listening to the responses, offering insights and modelling the behaviors parents would like their children to emulate.
For young professionals engaged in career progression, we agreed with Anita’s three tips:
1) Stay curious - engage in continuous learning by reading, talking to others in your area (and outside), sign up for industry-leading newsletters, etc
2) Experiment - Apply your experimental mindset to all parts of your life.  It's ok to make mistakes.  You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.   
3) Ask for feedback from peers, mentors, critics, and supporters - and remain true to your own values.  Feedback is a gift - you can accept it or disregard it, but it can be used to improve yourself.  
We all understand the importance of gaining skills and competencies, and undoubtedly the most important of them all, would be quantitative skills.  Everyone needs math in their lives. Ideally we want our kids to be comfortable playing with math like they do with playdough, moving things, making shapes, enjoying, building, and taking it apart again.  Math opens the doors to understanding concepts, which can later lead up to mastery in data science and AI., founded by Srini Vemula, has successfully built curricula around this goal: mastery of math and to keep elementary school children joyously , joyously engaged with math, and learning coding and basic ai concepts. 
While quantitative proficiencies are key to unlocking technical competencies in this technology driven world, an entrepreneurial mindset can open up new paradigms of thinking and new opportunities.  Learning how to be entrepreneurial can be tremendously advantageous as the Future of Work will demand innovation, creativity, and out-of-the box thinking from its employees. Creativity and entrepreneurial thinking is sure to be rewarded not only in startups but also by established corporations.  Moonshot jr,  the brainchild of Alok Jain, has a curriculum that trains children of all ages to think entrepreneurially!  If the notion of elementary school age children creating and selling their products on Amazon, makes you marvel, you need to take a look at Moonshot Jr.
As in anything, it is a question of balance.  As a parent, we balance a child’s experiences and explorations, so that there is guidance but also empowerment, and room to discover and grow.  We also balance the acquisition of soft skills and as well as of technical competencies.  Finally, as professionals, young and old, we balance the various demands of growing our careers, being a good team player, being a patient and collaborative colleague, growing our professional networks with staying current in the field, always learning, always innovating, growing our knowledge base.  Help is available at each stage of the journey: executive coaching offered by Anita Kishore, quantitative training at Srini Vemula’s, and entrepreneurship training by Alok Jain’s MoonshotJr.
In a nutshell, quantitative skills and entrepreneurial thinking, enhanced by the soft skills noted above, are uniformly helpful and should be in the toolbox for everyone, the artist or the analyst, the poet or physicist, the social worker or the scientist!
This article was contributed by ASEI SiliconValley Boardmember Dr Preetha Ram who serves as  General Partner at Pier 70 Ventures and was  formerly Dean for Science at Emory University as well as a successful EdTech entrepreneur having founded and exited OpenStudy prior to jumping into the venture capital world. For anyone signing up to avail products or services from MoonShot Jr or for their family (kids, grandkids, nephews or nieces etc.) or coaching from Dr Anita, there are ASEI Member / sponsorship discounts available. Click here for more info.

Space Launch System: Go/NoGo from an Aerospace Expert Perspective by Dr Ajay Kothari

Chapter: ASEI National

The Space Launch System has been the subject of heated debates, but what’s the alternative for going to the Moon, Mars, and beyond? (PIX credit: NASA)
Several days after the editorial board of Bloomberg recommended that the Biden Administration cancel the Space Launch System (SLS), Loren Thompson published a rebuttal in Forbes. But I respectfully, if strongly, disagree with Thompson. The future of the SLS is of immense importance to NASA and the country, and thus to the taxpayers, and hence we need to attempt as soon as possible to set the record straight.
Thompson says, “The editorial board at Bloomberg News launched a nonsensical attack on NASA’s human spaceflight program last week. It was full of dubious assertions about alternatives to the Space Launch System.” And yet it is his attack that seems motivated for self-centered reasons, and is full of questionable assertions.
Yes, as the Bloomberg editorial said, SLS needs to be scrapped. But not only that, we need to change the paradigm of how we do space travel. Building a bigger and bigger rocket every time to fit a bigger mission, the crux of Thompson’s argument, is asinine and unnecessary. With the advent of many reusable rockets by SpaceX, Blue Origin, and hopefully soon Rocket Lab, we are in a different territory. Let us, as a country, take advantage of it or someone else will do it first.
The problem, simply put, is that larger payloads and farther destinations require more propellant, which in turn requires bigger rockets to boost them. So, our plans also get limited in what we have available that day in terms of rockets.
What if we do not have to be limited this way? This is possible by docking multiple upper stages in low Earth orbit (LEO), one carrying the payload and all others carrying that much extra fuel by the same reusable booster(s). No refueling required for now, as the Forbes article posited as alarm—perhaps that can come later. In nerd-speak, what this does is to increase the propellant fraction until it is equal to what is needed to do the job. This gives us an ability to have theoretically infinite solutions for space travel, basically tailored to fit the need. Want to go to Moon? Two flights of Falcon Heavy. Want to go to Mars instead? Four flights of Falcon Heavy. A little extra boost needed? Rocket Lab’s new Neutron can fill the gap. A bigger gap? New Glenn of Blue Origin can help out.
It builds a railroad to space with thousands of solutions at our finger tips. Let us build this railroad instead of the one-off solutions like SLS. This is not rocket science!
This was not possible earlier. But now the reusable rockets have proven considerably less expensive to fly, and the upper stages have less weight. It is almost a sure bet that many other countries, especially China, will follow this method and leave us in dust if we do not adopt this. China is already developing reusable rockets. If we stay with the current status quo, we will lose this race to China, who will have thousands of possible paths to NASA’s one or two using SLS. Do we really want to be in that pickle?
This solution exists today! Docking in LEO has been done since 1966, and is being done today frequently, and often automatically, at the International Space Station. The answer is simple: save the $2 billion per year spent on SLS and put some of that into developing in-space refueling technology, lunar surface infrastructure, and water-ice extraction technologies; some can even be reallocated for climate change. It is a huge saving, and we need to take a step now with the new administration.
To supplant the above arguments with numbers, SLS cost is pegged at about $2 billion per launch and its payload capability for LEO with Block 1 is 95 tons and Block 2 cargo 130 tons. Falcon Heavy, pegged at $125 million per launch with its semi-reusable option (the two side boosters recovered and core expended) has around 54 tons capacity to LEO. Four flights of it can deposit more than 200 tons in LEO, which is twice as much as one SLS Block 1. Thus, the approximate numbers now are $2 billion vs $500 million for twice the payload—a factor of eight advantage. Why would we not do this? Mind you, this does not require refueling, just docking. And as icing on this cake, we can also use some upper stage tanks as habitats. Is this rocket science? No. Just common sense, perhaps with some innovative, out-of-the-box, bold thinking that NASA used to be known for.
Schedule. That we should “commit ourselves to achieving a goal before this decade is out of landing man on the Moon” was announced in 1961, and was fulfilled despite those clunky computers and the first-time feats for almost all of the successes. NASA taking longer for the Space Shuttle was already the beginning of different NASA from the one in ’60s, which has just proven it is in a huge bureaucratic decline now thanks mainly to the unfair political pressure being exerted by some Senators and the likes of companies that Mr. Thompson represents. There has to be a limit to stretching this string unreasonably harder. It needs to break now. Yes, SpaceX was five years behind schedule for Falcon Heavy. But SLS is already at year ten after the development was announced and has not flown yet. No, those excuses just don’t wash any more.
Cost. Let us just look at the actual savings to taxpayers here in the example Mr. Thompson mentions in his essay, where he compares Starship’s projected $2 million launch cost versus the $331.8 million NASA just paid for a Falcon Heavy launch. Starship’s quoted cost by SpaceX indeed is absurdly low and may not pan out. But even taking that number into account, NASA is being taken to cleaners for $329.8 million more than should have ($331.8 million – $2 million), for the sake of argument. But in case of SLS, where each launch costs approximately $2 billion each, it is a higher number by about $1.67 billion, which the taxpayers will bear the brunt of. Which is a higher burden? It is not just the ratio that matters. For taxpayers, it is the actual dollar amount.
Technology. The most impactful technology, possibly by far, that was developed by SpaceX is the sequence of the boostback maneuver, engine restarts, and landing on a droneship or returning to the launch site. This is what will save considerable sums that make unthinkable doable. It changes the paradigm that helps not just this country but humanity. To make light of this by comparing it to the “world’s largest welding tool,” as Forbes does in its assessment of new technology on SLS, is to intentionally keep blinders on.
Justification. The method outlined above, which is possible only with reusable booster rockets and not with SLS, not only creates the path to the Moon and Mars but also many other destinations in solar system. Again, the common denominator is to not use SLS or any expendable rocket solutions, which are huge money pits. If we do not think China will embrace this development, while the US again falls victim to political and big business arm-twisting, then we have another set of blinders on. It may not be just that this time around. It may also be a security threat in terms of China moving much farther ahead of us in the space arena, particularly cislunar space, if we do not take action soon.
Thompson expounds that “several companies on the SLS team including core stage contractor contribute to my think tank.” Here on the other hand, no companies—SpaceX, Blue Origin, Rocket Lab, or any other team—have contributed to this opinion piece.

This article is adapted from an OpEd by the author recently published on Dr. Ajay Kothari is an ASEI Life Member and former President of the ASEI Washington DC chapter. He received his MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering  from the University of Maryland and has been  the   founder/president of Astrox Corporation for more than 3 decades.
PS: The video recording appearing alongside here is from a prior event - a conversation between Dr Kothari and Piyush Malik on the topic of "Moon and Space:The New Gold Rush" as part of Launching ASEI 's Getting Real with Engineering Webinar Series

April 2021 Newsletter: Check out what's in store this month

Chapter: ASEI National

The April 2021 Newsletter was sent to all those who are on our mailing list till March 31st,2021. Here is the web version. In case you are  not receiving our emails, please check your spam/ junk or promotions folder and change the settings in your mailbox to deliver ASEI emails in your in-box. If you still did not find our newsletter please send an email to for us to investigate. 


STEM Success Story: Jyoti Rani

Chapter: Silicon Valley

Jyoti is a senior from the Silicon Valley who was invited to be an ASEI student member after earning the Emerging Technology ASEI Award at the 2019 Synopsys Championship. It is extremely heartening to see how far she has come in the past 2 years that she has been associated with ASEI.
A few recent highlights of her success include being admitted to Stanford, UC Berkeley’s M.E.T. dual degree program (EECS + Business), and Caltech. She was also named a Regional Finalist for the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.


In 2020, she was the GOLDEN TICKET winner of  the ASEI SiliconValley Chapter's Budding Engineer Talent Showcase (BETS 2020). which gave her an opportunity to be mentored by an ASEI Mentor for the full academic year.
She also was also a Top 5 Finalist student speaker and 2nd place winner during the Youth Technology Exposition (YTE2020) at the ASEI 33rd National Convention. Throughout high school, empowering STEM especially for under-resourced students has been super-important to her. She’s actively involved with a student led 501c3 global non profit called Code 4 Tomorrow, has wide reach and positively impacted 2000+ students. Check out Whether you’re a working professional, undergrad or K-12 student, or just someone who enjoys serving their community with technology, there’s a way for you to get involved.
As a computational physics intern at San Jose State studying thermodynamic properties of lattice models in solid-state physics, Jyoti just presented a poster at March Meeting  (largest global conference of physicists). Jyoti is excited to dive deeper into quantum computing by interning this summer and conducting research throughout college, all while learning more about entrepreneurship and business.
Jyoti is extremely grateful for the opportunities, network, and support ASEI has provided over the years!
On behalf of ASEI, Hearty Congratulations and we wish her all the best as she formally graduates from high school in Summer' 2021 and enters her top choice engineering program!

Catch Them Young: From Classroom to C-Suite

Chapter: ASEI National

Career success is as much about content knowledge as about soft skills.  In fact A 2014 survey from Career Builder found that 77% of employers it surveyed believed soft skills were of equal importance as hard skills. How to transform STEM students into CEOs?  ASEI experts believe it is through a combination of paying attention to both soft skills and content skills.
ASEI Youth programmes are central to our strategy as regular readers may already know. We will host an Education Technology and STEM focussed discussion with a few experts on April 10, 2021 . Join us as we delve into tools that you can use to equip yourself and your kids (or grandkids) to become more successful in STEM careers.
Moderated by ASEI Board Member, Dr. Preetha Ram, who has herself successfully navigated the path from a STEM education (IIT, PhD Chemistry, Yale) to Dean of Science Emory, CEO and now General Partner of a venture firm, you will hear actionable insights from experts and entrepreneurs:
Early Steps: Succeeding in STEM paths in from school days
Speaker: Dr. Anita Kishore
Early Days: Building creativity and competencies for the future
Speaker: Srini Vemula, CEO of igebra
Early Launch: Taking science projects to start-ups
Speaker: Alok Jain, CEO of MoonshotJr
Early Steps:
What attributes and skills create success in this group that is most often called “nerdy”?  An interest in science and engineering does not necessarily equate to the “nerd”.  What habits can be created early so the young engineer learns to navigate his professional relationships with confidence and ease?
Anita Kishore will give us guidance and actionable steps to take as early as high school to ensure success in all stages.
Early Days:
The world of tomorrow will be about technology, data, and machine intelligence.  How do we prepare our children to succeed in this data driven world?  What are the new building blocks for this reality?  How do we transform young minds into digital data natives?
Srini Vemula has built a unique learning site where your children can learn quantitative skills, data skills, and AI concepts.
Early Launch:
An entrepreneurial mindset can be tremendously helpful no matter what the age or stage.  It is valued not only in start-ups but in companies and in academia.  How do you build this mindset at an early age?  
Alok Jain has created a wonderful and fun filled curriculum that is sure to set young entrepreneurs on the right track.


Chapter: ASEI National

ASEI has existed since 1983 for networking opportunities for its member engineers and scientists however in the past few years, the focus has been more on youth development. While encouraging students at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels with scholarships amounting to tens of thousands of dollars in the past decade, Youth programs were highlighted as one of the  four pillars of ASEI’s 2021 strategy


Recently, a number of members across ASEI chapters got involved with grassroot level interactions with school students participating in science fairs in Michigan as well as in Silicon Valley. These are the opportunities where our members get to speak with promising students to identify talent while judging science fairs. While silicon valley chapter has partnered with Santa Clara Science and Engineering Fair Association (SCSEFA)  for over 6 years now,awarding 3 winners from each of the high school year for the past 6 years,  it was the first time for Michigan chapter to participate with an external agency Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit(SEFMD)  and they selected 5 winning projects.

We congratulate each of the winning students making it so far. It is incredible to see how much rigour and effort they put into their science projects and presentations.  They will be given opportunities to compete in other science and engineering competitions at the regional and national level such as the YTE 2020 that ASEI hosted last December.

Read more about these YTE Feeder events in reports published recently  by Muthu Sivanantham and Laxmi Patil 

A big "Thank You" to all our volunteer judges  for  their  role  in building the next generation of science and engineering lovers!
**Article Contributed by Piyush Malik, ASEI President **

Pi Day is TODAY!

Chapter: ASEI National

It is 3/14/2021 and PI day is upon us. My company had an extensive Pi day event where people demonstrated all sorts of innovative products and ideas. After the event, I started thinking about π, π day and the relevance of π in our life. I found that π (3.14……) is extremely relevant for all sorts of innovation and specifically in space technology.
Did you know these amazing things about PI?

1.Pi day was started in 1998, by a physicist at San Francisco Exploratorium, as a celebration of Pi. Yes, real pies were involved.
2. National Pi Day (March 14) was declared by the US Congress in 2009. In November 2019, UNESCO decided Pi Day as the International Day of Mathematics
3. PI is considered the swiss army knife of our universe. It is used to answer questions about anything that is spherical or circular and the number has infinite digits
4. Ratio of Circle’s Circumference to its diameter is ALWAYS equal to PI. This applies to the largest planets to smallest atoms!!!
Ration of Circumfrence to diameter of anything that is spherical or circular is PI

5. Pi is ancient. Pi was named only in the 18th century and the symbol Pi was not used until swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler used it in the 1730s.
6. Even the Bible has a pair of passages about Pi 10 cubits from brim to brim  while “30 cubits did compass it round about” - dimensions that place the value of what we now call pi at 3.
7. As NASA explores space (which is full of spherical and circular things), it uses PI extensively 18 Ways NASA Uses Pi and How Pi Makes NASA/JPL Go 'Round
8. PI is a cultural icon. Apu, from Simpsons, claimed to know 40000 digits of PI In Star Trek series Spock foils an evil computer by instructing it to compute pi to the last digit Spock Destroys Evil Computer
9. PI has been calculated up to 31 trillion digits - 31,415,926,535,897 to be exact. The record for memorizing digits of pi, stands at 70,030. Want to see how many digits of Pi you can memorize? Try for yourself Pi Quiz
10. Pi Day, March 14th is Albert Einstein’s Birthday. Other notable Birthdays on Pi day include composer Johann Strauss. Famous Physicist Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018. 
11. On Pi day if you feel like eating Pie or Pizza see discounts at Pi Day discount (Pizza for $3.14 and more)
For more celebrations of and information try the links below
pi day
What is Pi 
NASA Pi Day Challenge
18 Ways NASA uses Pi
how many digits of Pi does NASA need and use

*** Article Contributed by Amrish Chopra,  Life Member, ASEI Silicon Valley *****

ASEI Silicon Valley Sponsors Awards at the SCVSEF for 6th consecutive year as Youth Programs take center stage this week!

Chapter: Silicon Valley