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Ohio State launches initiative with Indian Institute of Technology BombayThe Ohio State University on April 10 launched an initiative with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) to create what is believed to be the university’s first academic research center shared outside the U.S.

The IIT Bombay-Ohio State Frontier Science and Engineering Research Center will be a center for collaborative research shared by Ohio State and IIT Bombay, a world-leading science- and technology-focused public institution in Mumbai.

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Govindan Sundararajan (MS ’79, PhD, ’81) has enjoyed his career at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where he holds a joint appointment as a professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering but is now contemplating retirement. Over the last 10 years, more than 35 technologies have been transferred to private industries located throughout India. He has been awarded multiple accolades for his professional contributions including the coveted Padma Shri Award in 2013, the fourth highest civilian award in India.

In 1982 Sundararajan started as a scientist at the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory in India and was appointed director of the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials beginning in 1997 where he made notable contributions to the development, demonstration and commercialization of materials-based technologies.

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Govindan Sundararajan

Mumbai based Jaideep Potdar (MBA ’94) began his career in Columbus, Ohio as senior consultant at Keane, Inc. where he was responsible for several products at the then-AT&T Bell Laboratories. He later moved to Lucent Technologies (now Nokia) where he was a recipient of the Distinguished Business Professional for sustained and consistent high performance. After spending more than a decade in the United States, he moved to India and held several positions with progressively increasing responsibilities at Tech Mahindra in strategy, competency and delivery. 

He is currently with Capgemini as vice president for North America Markets (India) Operations and is responsible for competitiveness, operational excellence and workforce transformation. He is an accomplished leader in IT software and services with extensive experience in the telecommunications domain, operational excellence and business functions.

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