Panel Discussion COEP Explorers- Journey's That Inspire
While there have been many success stories of COEPians climbing the corporate ladder as well as making a mark in the high tech entrepreneurial world, there have been an interesting number of stories of COEPians who went off the beaten path and built equally successful careers. From creating a national award winning Marathi film to being an avid educator at a prime US university to developing state-of-the-art biomedical devices, their journeys have been interesting and will make for an eye-opening discussion for those intrigued by changing fields early or mid-way through their careers.
Nitin Salunke (BE Mechanical Engg - ‘89): Nitin has over 20 years of direct experience in the areas of research, development and engineering related to cardiovascular medical devices. Currently, he is the VP of R&D and Technology at Medtronic Neurovascular and provides leadership to global R&D activities. Nitin received his PhD from the University of Maryland in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Cardiovascular Biomechanics. Nitin has won several prestigious awards in the med-tech field - Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership award, the Medical Design Excellence Award to name a few.
Abhi Gholap (BE Electrical Engg - ‘92): Abhijeet (Abhi) Gholap is an alumnus of COEP, IIT Mumbai and Stanford University Graduate school of Business. He is the founder chairman of Optra Ventures, a leading Venture Capital firm in Bay area. He has 4 successful startups to his credit as founder , investments in 9 startups , 14 international patents and is an active member of leading angel groups in Bay Area. Abhi is also passionate of films and entertainment with National Gold Lotus award to his debut film project in India called DEOOL (A Temple). Abhi is TiE Silicon Valley charter member and advisory board member of Frost and Sullivan.
Sylvia Ratnasamy (BE Computer Engg - ‘97): Sylvia Ratnasamy is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and co-founder of Nefeli Networks. She received her PhD in Computer Science from U.C.Berkeley in 2002. She is a recipient of the ACM Grace Murray Hopper award, the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star award and the Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship.
Avadhoot Bhambre (BE Mech Engg - ‘02): Avadhoot’s story is one of balancing a full time silicon valley career with his passion for theater and acting. He has performed 35 full 2.5 hour shows of the famous Marathi one-man production - “Varhad nighalay Londonla”. He is an active member at California Arts Association (CalAA) - the biggest Marathi theater group in North America. His other plays are Nava Gadi Nave Rajya,Tarun Turka Mhatare Arka,Tur Tur and many more.