About Southern California Chapter

The ASEI Southern California Chapter was formed in 2004 by five visionaries from the Boeing Company: Paul Sikand, Darsh aggarwal, Jay Patel, Ravi Kahandal, and Sham Hariram. Subsequently, several engineering leaders from various reputable aerospace companies in the LA and Orange County areas came together with the vision to build a strong ASEI chapter in Southern California. They appointed an ad-hoc Board of Directors and in August 2005 an executive committee was elected consisting of Paul Sikand (President), Kul Bhushan (Vice President), Harish Bhutani (Treasurer), and Sham Hariram (Secretary). In 2006 the SoCal chapter hosted a successful ASEI National convention under the leadership of Shreekant Agrawal as the convention Chair. In December 2006, formal elections were held to form a Board of Directors of 15 members. The chapter strives to be a vibrant organization providing its members with professional networking events, community service opportunities, and mentoring.


ASEI is an organization of professionals of Asian Indian Diaspora living in the United States of America that shares knowledge among its members, shapes the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists and perform community service helping the disadvantaged and underprivileged in communities across the world. ASEI was established in 1983 in Michigan. It is a non-profit organization with Tax ID # 38 - 2468829.


Board Members


President Message

Arun is passionate about helping Business Owners, Physicians and Professors. His passion to help Business Owners stems from his understanding that America’s greatest economic strength is her small businesses, due to their power of interruption through innovation.

I, Arun Rajaram along with our great board members am honored to lead Southern California chapter of American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) for the next twelve months.

After the amazing success we had with our national event, conducted by the So Cal chapter last year, featuring Sam Pitroda as our Key-Note Speaker, the task of spreading the word about ASEI has become a lot easier. The conversation has changed from ‘What do you guys do on a regular basis?’ to ‘When are you guys hosting your next event?’.

Our prime objective(s) though remains the same - Increased Outreach, which comes along with expectations of value and relevance in the lives of Engineers and their families.

Our efforts will be on 3 different fronts:

Engineering Students/Colleges
Current Working Engineers
Retired Engineers

The aim and the attempt here would be to form a coalition between these three levels by facilitating internship opportunities for our student members, increasing opportunities for job change for our current working members and leveraging our retired members’ knowledge, experience and contacts to guide and connect the other two groups.

We plan to have a monthly meeting, in which the topics will range from starting a business to protecting your product/design (IP) to marketing to maximizing profits and so on and so forth. Most importantly, we need to share in our great fortunes with the less fortunate whether be in the US of A or India. We urge all engineers to sign up and help us soar together.

Last but not the least – ASEI SoCal is an economic forum as much as it is a knowledge forum. I exhort the participants to be unabashed about their career and business ambitions when they meet with each other.

No business has ever been started and built to greatness by being coy. And ‘Stealth mode’ in business, even in cases where it’s absolutely essential, should be a short and a transient state.

So, Join Our Illustrious Team Now! And let’s discuss ideas and business.;


Vision, Mission & Purpose

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Vision

“An organization of technical professionals of Indian origin providing a platform for networking, community service, and technology exchange”

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Mission

Utilize the expertise and resources of the Indo-American community for promoting the following major activities:

Networking
Community Service
Technology Exchange
Provide student scholarships
Indo-American business relationship

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Purpose

Primary objective of ASEI SoCal is to provide networking opportunities for professionals, students, and businesses.


Objectives


Provide networking opportunities for professionals, students, and businesses
Provide career guidance and mentoring to members and local students
Recognize outstanding engineers, students and entrepreneurs
Provide student scholarships
Host annual national and local conventions
Participate in humanitarian projects
Promote Indo-American relationship
Promote technology transfer between India and USA


Achievements


ASEI is passionate about community service. ASEI encourages it members to serve in local communities and it also partners with corporate and social organizations besides setting up one of their own. By working together, we can create positive change in our own communities and around the world. ASEI members have been involved in the following community projects.
School mentoring/Peer mentoring
Citizen Corps or Emergency Preparedness Activities
Police Programs
Environmental Projects
Habitat for Humanity
Preventative Drug, Alcohol, Violence, Abuse Programs
Red Cross (Blood Drives, Emergency Preparedness etc.)
Humane Society
Food Banks
Fundraising for nonprofit organizations
Science Fairs


A Brief History of ASEI


The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) was founded in Detroit, Michigan by Mr. Hari Bindal with the objective of exchanging and collaborating technologies between India and USA.


In 1983, Mr. Bindal contacted more than 50 engineers across US to obtain their consent by conducting a signature campaign and received some 150 signatures of approval. He then organized a meeting and after much deliberation, a resolution was passed to form an organization of engineers from India. On 5th May 1983, the name ‘American Society of Engineers from India – ASEI’ (the name was changed to American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin, retaining the acronym as ASEI, in 1992) was selected from the various names proposed by floor members. Some seed money was collected and an ad-hoc committee was formed to plan an inaugural meeting. ASEI was formally inaugurated on 9th September 1983 by Mr. Bagla, Minister for Economics, India in Washington DC.


The constitution and bylaws of ASEI was written by Mr. Navin Pandya, a renowned member from Detroit and was accepted and signed by twenty six (26) members who attended the preliminary meeting on May 5, 1983. These 26 members are called "Founding Members of ASEI". Soon after, Mr. Bindal and Dr. Hans Bajaria registered ASEI as a non-profit organization with the IRS under section 501(C) (6) as well with the state of Michigan. ASEI formally started operating as a business entity under the stewardship of Mr. Hari Bindal and the first ASEI Newsletter was published in 1983.


A contest was held to select a logo design that was representative of ASEI. The design ensemble of a dual Indo-American flags, a compass, a handshake with the slogan “Gyano Sarvopari" encircling the artwork was selected. This logo was replaced by the current logo in 1992 to strike a chord with the modern generation. Within in a short span of two years, ASEI membership swelled to over 400 members and several letters of commendation from all over USA and India were received lauding the effort.


ASEI held its first convention in August 1984 and the inception of awards and recognition of career achievements by members started at this convention. In 1985, ASEI conferred an Honorary Membership and ASEI Memoranda to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during his visit to the US. The following year, Mr. Bindal had to relocate from Detroit to Florida and the void that he left behind was ably filled by the collective leadership of Nirdosh and Asha Reddy, Noor Kapadia and Yogi Anand who successfully held annual conventions for the next eight years.


Mr. Bindal was a trail blazer and he left his mark wherever he went. When he relocated again from Florida to Washington DC, he established the National Capital Chapter in 1990 and hosted a convention that year. With the spawning of several sub chapters and student chapters in Cleveland, OH, Orlando, FL and Southern California, ASEI has held conventions every year in hosted by the various chapters except for the years 2008 and 2009. During the process of establishment of the various chapters, Mr. Bindal instilled the ASEI Students Scholarship and Science Fair Award into the business plan. These awards are given to meritorious students in high school and college every year.


The Cleveland chapter was founded in 2003 by Mr. Jagannath Kottha and Mr. Paramjit Singh. This chapter has successfully hosted two annual conventions in 2003 and 2005.


In 2004, the South California (ASEI SoCal) chapter was founded by Sharanpal (Paul) Sikand, Darsh Aggarwal, Jayant Patel, Ravi Kahandal, and Sham Hariram, engineers working for the Boeing Company. With their leadership skills, they were able to attract a large following and the ASEI SoCal is one of the largest and active chapters. Since its inception, the SoCal chapter has hosted successful conventions in 2006, 2010 and 2011 with average turn outs averaging 400 – 450 attendees. The SoCal chapter will be hosting the convention again this year on 27th September 2014.


With what started out as a simple thought of exchanging of technology between the US and India, ASEI’s organization vision has now expanded to facilitate for its members a platform for networking, performing community service, recognize outstanding achievements of its members, partner with other professional and social organizations to make a difference in this world.


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