after receiving the third-highest score out of 80,000 on the
Indian Institutes of Technology entrance exam, Chari left India
for Caltech. A graduate in Mathematics and Economics from Caltech,
Chari did his Masters in Physics from Harvard. In 2000, he co-founded
Tropos Networks with Devabhaktuni "Sri" Srikrishna
(an old Caltech classmate).
The Technology Review magazine has named him among
the Top 35 young innovators for setting the wireless mesh
networking standard. He created elegant algorithms that tailored
mesh networking, once an exclusive province of the military,
for routine civilian communication.
While acknowledging the TR35 recognition, Chari says, "It
is quite an honour to receive this award, but the innovation
we've achieved (and continue to achieve) at Tropos is the
work of many highly-talented individuals, of which I'm only
one. I view the award as recognition for the role Tropos has
played in creating a new market space and successfully building
out fast, low-cost wireless access networks that are providing
residential broadband, powering mobile public safety applications,
enabling video surveillance, aiding in disaster recovery,
promoting economic development in cities and bridging the
digital divide, to name just a few applications."
He is also a member of the IEEE Communications Society, IEEE
Computer Society, IEEE Standards Association and the Association
for Computing Machinery.