Press Release: Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian wins ASEI’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at 35th National convention ASEIcon2023

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian wins ASEI’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at 35th National convention ASEIcon2023


Southfield, Michigan


The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI), a 501 c3 non-profit, successfully  hosted ASEIcon2023 -  its  35th National Convention focusing on NextGeneration Engineering  Innovations recently at Hotel Radisson, Southfield, MI. 


One of the highlights of ASEI National conventions is its celebratory Awards gala dinner and entertainment event that honors the contribution of outstanding individuals to the engineering profession, the society and community at large.


The annual ASEI awards were presented as follows in different categories: 


ASEI Lifetime Achievement : Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud

ASEI Entrepreneur of the Year: Dheeraj Pandey, Founder & CEO, DevRev

ASEI Scientist of the Year : Dr Nina Tandon, CEO, EpiBone

ASEI Engineer of the Year- AI: Rama Akkiraju, Vice President, NVIDIA 

ASEI Engineer of the Year- Transportation & Sustainability: Dr Praveen Vayalamkuzhi, CEO MobilityVision 

ASEI Service Excellence Award : Surbhi Kaul, Vice President, Juniper Networks

Hari B. Bindal ASEI Founder’s Award : Muthu Sivananthan, Energy & Materials Industry Solutions Leader, Dassault Systèmes


The Corporate Excellence Recognition Program (CERP) was also revived as part of ASEI CorporateConnect initiative and employees nominated by sponsoring organizations Detroit Engineering Products and  GHD  were recognized. GMS Registrar honored the original founders of the CERP (Dr Ravi Rout, Jag Kottha and Mahesh Reddy) in addition to their Vice President Anjali Kottha.


ASEI President Piyush Malik said, "On behalf of ASEI, I am very pleased to recognize & congratulate each awardee for their dedication, hard work, and exemplary contribution in their respective fields. For the past 4 decades, ASEI has served the community well in Indo-US technology relations and provided mentoring, networking and learning opportunities for young technologists & engineers through our strategic initiatives. We are now gearing up for our future 40 years!"


Picture1: ASEI 2023 Award winners 






  Picture 2: Members of ASEI National and Michigan chapter at the ASEIcon2023 




The objective of this convention was to provide a forum to promote and share advancements related to latest cutting edge innovations and technologies across various engineering disciplines. The convention was attended by over 400 professionals including scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders across the USA. ASEIcon2023 featured keynotes and multiple interactive sessions with prominent business and technology leaders, scientists, media personalities, educators, policy makers, and venture capitalists.  


ASEIcon 2023 featured a stellar line-up of speakers. The opening keynote to invigorate the audience was  by  Mamatha Chamarthi, Chief Growth Officer at Stellantis. She spoke about disruption and networked talent, encouraging attendees to have bolder planet-wide vision to disrupt oneself as well as their organization. She emphasized “Discover your authentic leadership style and learn to exit your comfort zone”.  Mamatha lauded ASEI on its “School to University to Profession to Planet” vision that was articulated by Piyush Malik in his “State of the Union ASEI@40” address just before her keynote. 


Rophin Paul, CEO of Wipro Pari, Ashwini Balasubramanian  of Harley Davidson & Ankur Ganguli of General Motors, were amongst 30+ CxO and engineering executives who spoke at the convention. Apart from talks and panel discussions in parallel tracks covering Automotive, Mobility, Infrastructure and Energy, there was a youth technology exposition (YTE) featuring projects by prize winning STEM students as well. 


A deep-dive on policy decisions for the Mobility Industry by K. Venkatesh Prasad, of CAR was the closing keynote where he stressed that “Innovation today needs research and investments from decades ago”. He concluded  that our future is bright since the US is investing heavily in Mobility, AI, Space, Materials etc which will keep us relevant on the global stage.


 We heard  “Rock That “ loud and clear from  Shawn Lee of TEDx Detroit who  energized the awards banquet audience with his talk on DEI, people investment and selfless giving.  


  Picture 3: Speakers for the ASEIcon2023 

About ASEI


The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) is a 501 c(3) non-profit aiming to foster engineering and scientific temper in the next generation of technologists, engineers and scientists amongst the Indian diaspora for the past 40 years. Through a variety of strategic programs such as UniversityConnect, MentorConnect, YTE, CorporateConnect and more, ASEI provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, mentoring and technology exchange for professionals, students and businesses in the United States and abroad. Members are guided by several objectives, including the creation of an open, inclusive, and transparent organization; providing positive role models, awarding scholarships, and remaining socially responsible. ASEI was founded in 1983 in Detroit, Michigan. Today, the organization also has chapters in Dallas, Southern California, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC. For more information, visit: https://aseiusa.org/


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