This was no ordinary Friday. The ASEI Michigan Chapter (The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin) was being graced by Mr. Hari Bindal. It was an honor and a great opportunity to meet the founder of ASEI, who has been awarded with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA), which is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians. It is India’s highest Civilian Honor for NRIs.
The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award PBSA is conferred by the Hon’ble President of India as a part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conventions organized annually since 2003 on Non-Resident Indians in recognition of their outstanding achievements both in India and abroad.
The 14th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention was held in Bengaluru from 7-9 January, 2017. The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards were conferred by the Hon’ble President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, in an impressive ceremony held in the valedictory session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations
A 11-member Jury-cum-Awards Committee, with Hon’ble Vice-President as Chairman and Hon’ble External Affairs as Vice-Chairman and nine other distinguished members from various walks of life, considered the nominations for the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards, 2017. The 30 recipients of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards from among the 1800 NRIs in attendance from 72 countries include six Indian Americans: Dr. Sampat S. Shivangi, Dr. Bharat Haridas Barai, Nisha Desai Biswal, Dr. Mahesh Mehta, Ramesh Shah, and Hari Babu Bindal.
Mr. Hari Bindal was awarded in the field of Environmental Engineering. He made expert suggestion on cleaning of Ganga to Hon’ble Prime Minister and Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Mr. Bindal’s leadership qualities and patriotism are shown through his film ‘Akanksha’, promoting Hindi language in USA, founding ASEI, and establishing scholarships in schools in India to encourage education in rural India.
Mr. Hari Bindal retired after serving the US Government (Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard) for 26 years. He is a PhD in Environmental Engineering Management, Masters in Environmental Engineering and another Masters in Public Health Engineering. Prior to coming to USA in 1974, he served UP Jal Nigam as an Assistant Engineer for 2 years and as Lecturer in Madhav Engineering College for 6 years. Mr. Bindal served many social, political, cultural, and religious organizations at local and national levels, including ILA, ICCC, IAFPE, IHA, VHP-A, HAF and UHJT.
It was undoubtedly an enriching evening. Mr. Bindal not only shared his experience of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and the prestigious award that he was honored with, but he also went down the memory lane to talk about how he founded ASEI.
The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) was founded in Detroit, Michigan by Mr. Bindal with the objective of exchanging and collaborating technologies between India and USA. In 1983, Mr. Bindal contacted more than 50 engineers across the 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.
A very proud moment for ASEI...something that will continue to inspire and be cherished by the ASEIans for a very long time.
American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) held its 31st Annual ASEI Convention focusing on the theme of Technology Driven Future. This convention was held on December 3rd at the California Polytechnic, Pomona, California.
The objective of this convention was to promote and share advancements related to new generation technologies in various engineering disciplines. In addition to ASEI members from various chapters, the convention was attended by over 400 professionals including scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders across USA. This convention featured multiple interactive sessions with prominent business owners, technologists, media personalities, educators, and policy makers. It was a unique opportunity to celebrate success from positive contribution of engineers of Indian origin residing in US.
Hosted by ASEI’s Southern California chapter, this event brought together who’s who of technology and engineering world sharing latest innovations and popular topics in four tracks to tackle the theme of Technology Driven Future. While the morning keynote by ICANN Senior VP Ashwin Rangan stood out with thought provoking technologies, talks like Dr Ravi Tilak’s speech on Ancient Eastern Philosophy and Engineering provided insight with new information. The day long sessions kept the audience stimulated with the latest in learning along four tracks viz. Life Sciences and Health Technologies, Emergent Information Technologies, Smart Infrastructure and Utilities and Emerging trends in small Businesses.
ASEI presented Lifetime Achievement Award to the architect of India’s Telecom revolution – Sam Pitroda who supercharged the audience with his life story and journey. Holder of nearly 100 patents and 20 honorary PhDs, Mr Pitroda emphasized to focus on solving problems of the poor rather than rich people’s problems and to “dream big”.
ASEI Engineering Entrepreneurship award went to B.V Jagadeesh - an Engineer turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur and now an active venture capitalist and prolific mentor to start-ups for co-leading the “Billion Dollar Babies” initiative under the TiE umbrella. There were several other awards including a special award for long time engineer turned entrepreneur and “Marble King” Manu Shah.
ASEI also recognized Shrikant Agarwal with AS#EI Service Excellence award for his service to the organization over the past 10 years while Jwalant Lakhia was given ASEI Founder’s award for the services rendered last year..
Corporate Engineering Recognition Programme (CERP) awards were given to engineers on behalf of sponsors Siemens (Hiren Dedhia), GSR Technologies (Vamsi Krishna), Southern California Gas company (Vijai Atavane) and Smart Utilities Systems (Harman Sandhu, Manoj Singh and Rajiv Gupta).
The highlight of the evening celebratory gala dinner was the ASEI award ceremony and keynotes book ended by engineer-turned comedian Dan Ninan’s emceeing and dance performances by Karmagraphy.
Earlier in the day, three students (Sandhya Selvaraj, Raja Kalavacherla & Srinivas Gavini)
were awarded for leadership and service to ASEI. Six engineering students (two undergraduates -Mohith Buxani & Shreya Malik and four graduates - Himani Agrawal, Rajthilak Ganesan, Sandeep Gade & Prakruthi Hareesh,) won ASEI Scholarship awards. Since inception, over the past 30 years, ASEI has given out $200,000 worth of merit based scholarships to deserving graduate and undergraduate engineering students. This demonstrates ASEI's long term commitment towards helping and supporting young engineering students.
American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) is an organization devoted to the cause of promoting knowledge exchange and sense of community amongst its members who are scientists, professionals, technicians, academics and students in any of the engineering disciplines. Started 33 years ago in 1983 in Michigan, this organization has come a long way by establishing 8 chapters across the nation. After launching the Silicon Valley chapter in 2015 under leadership of Piyush Malik with a focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) enrichment and preparing youth for the technology driven jobs of tomorrow, an announcement of Seattle chapter to be led by Aaron Ghumman was recently made as also the formation of a 501 c (3) Global ASEI Foundation under Chairmanship of Subba Gopavarapu to scale these programs.
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