MIT whiz list has 9 Indians
Indian innovators are holding their own in America's frontiers of science and technology. The prestigious MIT Technology Review this year features as many as nine Indians in its list of top 100 innovators, all of them under 35.
They include Srinidhi Varadarajan, who conceived and built the world's third fastest supercomputer earlier this year. Director of Terascale Computing Facility at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the 31-year-old Varadarajan worked with a cluster of 1,100 Apple Macintoshes and his creation cost a mere $5 million.
Other supercomputers of this class cost $100 million or more.
"The TR 100 represent the diversity of those using technology to transform the world around us," says the Technology Review. The handpicked ones are all "developing technologies that defy easy classification, often fusing recent advances in computing, medicine and nanotech".
Chaitali Sengupta, a systems architect at Texas Instruments, has been recognised for her work on communications chips used in advanced cellular systems now coming to market. These chips let multimedia cell phones more easily handle Internet access, videoconferencing and mobile commerce.
Another Indian at Texas Instruments to make it to TR 100 is Anuj Batra. A systems engineer, he leads one of the industry's top teams advancing ultrawideband wireless technology that provides high transmission speeds needed for streaming media applications while consuming little power.