Professor R. Balasubramaniam [ITBHU Metallurgy 1984 batch], who was currently a Professor at the Materials and Metallurgical Engineering department at IIT Kanpur, passed away on December 9th, 2009.
From his bio on the interview with the Chronicle
Professor Ramamurthy Balasubramaniam (Bala for short) is an IT-BHU alumnus (Metallurgy 1984). In 1990 he obtained the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Professor in the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME) at IIT Kanpur, where he has served since 1990. He has followed the footpath of Prof. T R Anantharaman to examine the famous Iron Pillar in New Delhi for its hidden mysteries, and other original research pursuits.
Apart from receiving the University Gold Medal for academic performance and Ghandhy Gold Medal from Metallurgy Department of IT-BHU for overall all-round performance, he has received many awards, including the Young Scientist Award in 1993 from the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Alexander von Humbodt Fellowship from German Government (1996), MRSI Medal from the Materials Research Society of India (1999) and Metallurgist of the Year from the Indian Institute of Metals (1999). He is a well published author with more than 230 referred papers in journals.
He is also author of nine books. He is on the editorial boards of several reputed international journals. His work on the famous Delhi Iron Pillar has earned him national and international repute.
The ITBHU alumni community is extremely shocked with this news. Until recently, Bala had been working at the helm of the organizing committee for the 1984 batch reunion happenning this December.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends, to help them overcome this tough time.
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Thu, Nov 19 02:50 PM
New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI/Business Wire India): Headstrong, one of the world's leading IT consulting firms in the financial services industry today announced the appointment of Sandeep Sahai, President and Chief Operating Officer, as CEO of the company effective January 1, 2010.
Sandeep will be based at the firm's corporate headquarters in Virginia, USA and takes over from current CEO and erstwhile co-founder of the HCL Group, Arjun Malhotra, who will continue as Chairman of the company.
Sandeep's appointment is designed to cement and accelerate Headstrong's emergence as Wall Street's dominant IT consulting company, in light of the transformation faced by the financial services industry in general, and the securities sector in particular.
"Sandeep had spearheaded our entry into the financial services sector years ago, and I am confident he will not only ensure absolute global leadership for us in this space but also transition the company from a medium-sized niche firm to a large outsourcing corporation that will compete with the established global IT behemoths," said Arjun.
"While competitors are reducing their exposure to financial services, we continue to invest aggressively in chosen verticals, given the deluge of regulatory changes and the continual emergence of new financial products," said Sandeep.
Headstrong's strategy continues to focus on helping clients transform their fixed-cost structures to variable ones. eadstrong recently acquired mortgage processing company Lydian Data Services, making it a leading provider of correspondent loan fulfillment services. The acquisition of boutique firm iXPartners additionally boosted capabilities in middle and back-office operations to asset management institutions.
Globally, the company today has close to 3000 employees spread across 19 offices in 8 countries. Headstrong's India operations include 1500 employees and development centers in Noida, Bangalore and Hyderabad. (ANI)
President & COO
Mr. Sahai is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Headstrong. He was a co-founder of TechSpan, which merged with Headstrong in October 2003. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Virginia-based SkanSoft, a company focused on the financial and telecom markets.
Mr. Sahai has over 19 years of distributed consulting experience. Having started and grown companies in the US, Europe and India, he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on offshore outsourcing as a strategic tool for IT managers. Mr. Sahai also served a 10-year tenure with the HCL group, where he helped start and grow HCL James Martin, a joint venture between HCL and James Martin & Company, focused on higher-end consulting.
Mr. Sahai has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and an engineering degree from the Institute of Technology, Varanasi. He completed his schooling from the Doon School, Dehradun.