Mr. Umang Gupta (BT/CHE/1971) is the CEO of Silicon Valley and former CEO of Keynote Systems. He has been credited with writing the first business plan for Oracle Corporation. Mr. Gupta was also the founder and chief executive of Gupta Technologies, a client/server database and tools company from 1984 to 1996. In 2000, Mr. Gupta was honored with of the Shreyas Mavanoor Foundation Award for Civic Leadership and Philanthropy. He served on the board of the Peninsula Community Foundation, California, now known as the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He along with his wife, Ruth were donors and served as board members of PARCA, a non-profit organization in the Bay Area of California devoted to the needs of the developmentally disabled and their families, and helped to found Raji House, a respite home for the developmentally disabled, located in Burlingame, California. Mr. Umang Gupta instituted the Umang Gupta Chair open to all the departments of sciences and engineering and can be occupied for a period of three years.
Prof. Rajesh Hegde, Department of Electrical Engineering, research interests are Speech Signal Processing and Recognition of Indian Languages, Sensor Array and Multi Channel Signal Processing, Multi microphone Speech Processing and Distant Speech Recognition. He has also worked as a researcher & lecturer at the California Institute of Telecommunications & Information Technology, University of California, San Diego. Prof. Hegde earned his doctorate from IIT Madras in 2005.