Indian killed in Kansas City was exceptional, everyone liked him: Former boss
The Indian IT engineer shot dead in an apparent hate crime in a Kansas bar has been described by a former boss as the “kind of job candidate every hiring manager wanted on his team”Updated: Mar 15, 2017 07:47 IST
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the Indian IT engineer shot dead in an apparent hate crime in the US, has been described by a former boss as the “kind of job candidate every hiring manager wanted on his team”.
Rod Larson of Rockwell Collins, an avionics and IT systems company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, remembers the 32-year-old as his top pick in 2007 for the post of a software engineer.
Kuchibhotla died on Wednesday after being shot by US navy veteran Adam Purinton at a bar in Olathe city. He had worked for Rockwell Collins before taking up his current job with GPS-maker Garmin in Kansas.
“He was very sharp. A top-of-his-class kind of guy,” Larson told local daily Kansas City Star. “His personality was exceptional. He was the kind of employee every manager would want.”
He said Kuchibhotla was “so exceptional” that he ultimately couldn’t keep the IT professional. Kuchibhotla was moved from his auto-flight department and became instrumental in helping Rockwell Collins develop its first fly-by-wire planes in which manual controls are entirely replaced by computers, he said.
Kuchibhotla moved to a senior systems engineer role before taking the job at Garmin International as an aviation programmes engineer in early 2014.
“I couldn’t say anything slightly bad about Srinivas,” Larson said. “He was well-liked by anybody. He was excellent in all categories. He was a low-maintenance employee and did whatever was asked of him.”
Kuchibhotla’s social media pages give a glimpse into the life of the man Larson described as “consistently kind”. According to Facebook, Kuchibhotla and his wife Sunayana Dumala are from Hyderabad. The two married in October 2012.
He studied electronics and power systems before graduating from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad in 2005. Kuchibhotla earned a master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, where he also worked as a teaching and research assistant before graduating in 2007.
First Published: Feb 24, 2017 13:48 IST