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15 Inspiring Indians Who Studied Abroad and Made It Big

 

US Universities host the most international students in the world. High-quality Education, Academic flexibility, a multicultural environment, and wonderful opportunities are just a few of the reasons why many International students want to study in the USA.

Higher Education in The US is an enticing option and has always been attracting talents across the globe like a magnet. Universities in the USA allow invaluable academic, professional, and personal growth, and open up doors to an abundant number of career opportunities after graduation.

Not only this, there’s more to why students around the world choose the USA as their Study abroad destination. The USA is home to approximately 50% of the world’s top 50 universities, and the reasons are the small class sizes, highly accredited professors, and advanced technology and research capabilities.

And yes, when it comes to the number of international students in US universities, Indian students are desired as one of the most important and largest constituents. This fact has been established not only by the sheer number but also by the quality of Indian students getting admitted over the years. Some of the well-known CEOs and professionals in the US are of Indian origin who were born in India, went to the US for higher studies, and made it big in the field of business, science, technology, culture, and so on.

It is this approach that has helped Indian students from various US universities today lead most of the Fortune 500 companies.

Let’s have a look at these well know Indians who travelled to the US for studies and today are listed among accomplished immigrant Americans…

 

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

Designation – CEO of Microsoft

Born in Hyderabad Satya Nadella is an Indian-American business executive. He completed his Bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka. He studied for his Master’s in the USA, Milwaukee.

Course and USA Institution:

  • M.S. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin (MS)
  • MBA from the University of Chicago

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2018, a Time 100 Honoree
  • 2019, named Financial Times Person of the Year and Fortune magazine Businessperson of the Year
  • 2020, recognized as a Global Indian Business Icon at CNBC-TV18’s India Business Leader Awards

Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai

Designation- CEO of Alphabet and Google

Born in Madurai, he got his engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur in metallurgy. Post this he did his Masters in USA, Stanford University, and an MBA from Pennsylvania.

Course and US Institution:

  • M.S. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University
    MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2016, ET Global Indian award
  • 2019, USIBC Global Leadership Awards

 

Shantanu Narayen

Shantanu Narayen

Designation: Chairman, President, and CEO of Adobe Inc.

Born in Hyderabad, he earned his bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from the University College of Engineering, Osmania University in Hyderabad post where he moved for higher studies in the USA.

Course and US Institution:

  • Master’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio
  • MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2011, received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Bowling Green State University
  • 2011, Barack Obama appointed him as a member of his Management Advisory Board
  • 2018, ranked 12th on Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year” list, and was deemed “Global Indian of the Year” in 2018 by The Economic Times of India
  • 2019, Padma Shri awarded by Government of India

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Indra Nooyi

Indira Nooyi

Designation:

  • Board member- Amazon and the International Cricket Council
  • Former chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of PepsiCo.

Born in Chennai, she has consistently ranked among the world’s 100 most powerful women. She got her bachelor’s degrees in physics, chemistry and mathematics from Madras Christian College of the University of Madras. Later she travelled to the US for further studies.

Course and US Institution:

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2007, Padma Bhushan awarded by the Government of India
  • 2014, ranked at number 13 on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women
  • 2015, ranked the 2nd most powerful woman on the Fortune list
  • 2017, ranked the 2nd most powerful woman on the Forbes list of 19 Most Powerful Women in Business
  • 2018, named one of the “Best CEOs In The World” by the CEOWORLD magazine

 

Vikram Shankar Pandit

Vikram Pandit

Designation:

  • Former CEO of Citibank
  • Chairman & CEO – The Orogen Group

Born in Nagpur Maharashtra studied at Bishop Cotton and Dadar Parsee Youths Assembly High School before moving to the US for his undergraduate studies.

Course and US Institution:

  • B.S. and M.S degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University in the USA.
  • MBA and PhD in finance from Columbia Business School

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2008, Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
  • 2011, Citigroup announced $23.2m retention award to Vikram Pandit making him one of the highest-paid CEOs

 

Vinod Dham

Vinod Dham

Designation:

  • Former Vice-President of Micro-Processor Group at Intel Co.
  • Advisor, Acadgild

Born in Delhi he is known as the ‘Father of the Pentium Chip’ for his contribution to the development of Intel’s Pentium micro-processor. He got his B.E degree in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. He moved to the US for his master’s.

Course and US Institution:

  • MS degree in Physics (Solid State) from University of Cincinnati in the USA.

Awards and Recognition:

  • 1993, named one of the Top 25 Executives in the US Computer Industry
  • 1999, named one of the top 100 Most Influential Asian Americans of the decade
  • 2000, appointed to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by President Bill Clinton
  • 2009, NRI Achievement Award at the NRI Global Summit

 

Rakesh Gangwal

Rakesh Gangwal

Designation: Former Chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of US Airways Group

Born in Kolkata is a co-founder and 37% owner of IndiGo airline. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He traveled for higher studies in the USA.

Course and US Institution:

Awards and Recognition:

  • Conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • 2020, ranked No. 359 in the Forbes 400 list of the richest people in America

 

Anshu Jain

Anshu Jain

Designation:

  • Former Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank
  • Finance group advisory board member of the MIT Sloan School of Management

Born in Jaipur, he studied economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce at the University of Delhi. Post his undergraduate studies he went to the US for his MBA

Course and US Institution:

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2003, Capital Markets Achievement Award by Euromoney magazine.
  • 2010, Lifetime Achievement Award by Risk magazine and annual Business Leader Award from NASSCOM
  • 2014, Honorary Fellowship from London Business School, and an Honorary Doctorate by TERI University in New Delhi

 

Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla

Designation:

  • Co-founded and first chairman & CEO of Sun Microsystems
  • Founder, Khosla Ventures
  • Advisor for HackerRank

Born in India he is an Indian American billionaire businessman and venture capitalist. He is a co-founder of Sun Microsystems and the founder of Khosla Ventures. He did his BTech in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi after which he moved to the US for further studies.

Course and US Institution:

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2014, Forbes counted him among the 400 richest people in the United States
  • Honorary chair of the DonorsChoose San Francisco Bay Area advisory board
  • 2000, Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement
  • 2007, EY Entrepreneur of the Year award

Thomas Kurian

Thomas Kurian

Designation: Chief executive officer of Google Cloud

Born in Kerala, he did his schooling at St Joseph’s Boys High School in Bengaluru. Post which he completed his electrical engineering and MBA in the USA.

Course and US Institution:

  • Electrical engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University
  • MBA from Stanford University Graduate school of Business

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2011, among the top, paid Tech executives in the US

 

Dinesh Paliwal

Dinesh Paliwal

Designation:

  • Former president and CEO of Harman International
  • Board member Nestle

Born in Agra, he is an Indian American business executive who studied at IIT Roorkee, before moving to the US for his advanced studies in engineering.

Course and US Institution:

MS in Applied Science and Engineering and an MBA in Finance from Miami University

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2010, named Metro New York Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young
  • 2012, Pinnacle Award as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business
  • 2019, the board of trustees of Miami University also conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree

 

Pradeep Sindhu

Pradeep Sindhu

Designation:

  • Co-Founder and Former CEO Juniper Networks
  • CEO & Founder, Fungible

Born in Mumbai, he completed his BTech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur before travelling to the US for further studies.

Course and US Institution:

  • M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Hawaii
  • PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University

Awards and Recognition:
2010, received Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce

 

Asim Ghosh

Asim Ghosh

Designation:

  • Former President and CEO of Husky Energy, Canada
  • Former Managing Director of Hutchison Essar

Born in Delhi, he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He did his MBA from the US and moved to Canada to work with Procter & Gamble there at the beginning of his career.

Course and US Institution:

  • MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2006, recognised for corporate leadership in the telecom technology sector by IIT Delhi

 

Samir Arora

Samir Arora

Designation:

  • Founder & CEO Sage Digital, at Apple Inc.
  • Founder Project Bento, Co-founder & former CEO NetObjects
  • Founder former CEO of Mode Media

Born in Delhi, he studied electrical and electronic engineering at BITS, (Birla Institute of Technology and Science), Pilani. He has an EMP from Apple University at INSEAD.

Course and US Institution:

  • Executive Education at Harvard Business School

Awards and Recognition:

  • 1998, CNet Web Innovator Award
  • 2009, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

 

Rajiv Gupta

Rajiv Gupta

Designation:

  • Founder Skyhigh Networks
  • SVP, Cloud at McAfee
  • Former VP/GM at Cisco Systems
  • Former GM (Co-creator) Hewlett Packard’s E-speak

Born in India he earned a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur before moving to the US for studies.

Course and US Institution:

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2019, Next Gen Security Expert of the Year, InfoSec Awards

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