Notable-Alumni

Shalabh Kumar Shali

B.Tech 1969, Electronics & Communication Engineering
In 1975 he founded the AVG Group of Companies, which designs and manufactures electronic components and products used in variety of industries such as automation and telecommunications. With headquarters in Chicago, AVG Group has operations all over the world. Life Made Ezee Technologies, Pvt. Ltd. is a division of AVG Group that provides home automation solutions in India, and is based in Bangalore, India. All these products are manufactured in USA and sold worldwide. Additionally, Kumar has served as president or CEO of Circuit International Incorporated, Microfast Controls Corporation, Electronic Support Systems, PEC Reliance, Lika Tandy Corporation, Mc Technologies, and Hi-Tech Systems Corporation. Kumar has also been employed with Nanofast Incorporated and National Controls Corporation. Subsequently, Kumar founded the National Indian American Public Policy Institute (NIAPPI), a think tank focusing on issues relevant to Indian Americans. In 2013, NIAPPI and Kumar took Chairwoman of House Republican Conference Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Congressman Aaron Schock, and Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis to visit the then-Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat and future Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invite him to the United States. This Congressional visit, which came at a time where Modi was banned from entering the United States, ended his isolation from U.S. lawmakers and helped Modi establish relationships with US lawmakers. In 2014, Kumar worked with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to encourage Indian Americans to run for office and get involved politically. He was also named Chairman of the Indian American Advisory Council for the House Republican Conference. In July 2016, Kumar became a public supporter of the Republican candidate Donald Trump's candidacy in the 2016 Presidential Election, emerging as one of the biggest donors. Kumar cited Trump's stance on Pakistan and Muslims, namely Trump's plan to profile Muslims. Shalabh Kumar, in his capacity as chairman of Indian American Advisory Council of Trump, created the 'Ab ki Baar Trump Sarkar' campaign which went viral instantly gathering over 2 million views in the first week. Shalabh Kumar became a sensation overnight on social media and TV & print media. He ran multiple digital ad campaigns in favour of Trump through video & social content targeting Indian-Americans and undecided voters in the battleground states. In August 2016, Kumar was named Chairman of the Indian Advisory Board for the Trump campaign. In this capacity, he designed the "Abki bar Trump Sarkar" ("This time, Trump government") campaign to sway Hindu/Indian voters. Borrowing the slogan popularized by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 2014 campaign, the campaign ran an ad featuring Donald Trump speaking in Hindi and stating his love of India and Hindu people.

Kalpana Chawla

 1970, Aeronautical
Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was born in Karnal, India. She was thefirst Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on SpaceShuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic armoperator. In 2003,Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India. She completed her earlier schooling at Tagore BaalNiketan Senior Secondary School, Karnal and completed her Bachelor of Engineering degreein Aeronautical Engineering at Punjab Engineering College at Chandigarhin 1982. She movedto the United States in 1982 where she obtained a Master of Science degree in aerospaceengineering from theUniversity of Texas at Arlington in 1984. Determined to become anastronaut even in the face of the Challenger disaster, Chawla went on to earn a second Mastersin 1986 and a PhD in aerospace engineering in 1988 from the University of Colorado atBoulder.

Jaspal Singh Bhatti

B.Tech 1978, Electrical Engineering
Jaspal Singh Bhatti (3 March 1955 – 25 October 2012) was an Indian television personalityfamous for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. He is most well known forhis television series Flop Show and mini capsules Ulta Pulta which ran onDoordarshan,India’s national television network, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was also known asthe “King of Comedy”.In 2013, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan (posthumously), India’s third highestcivilian award.Born on 3 March 1955 at Amritsar, Bhatti graduated from Punjab Engineering College,Chandigarh as an electrical engineer. Bhatti married Savita Bhatti on 24 March 1985, and hasa son, Jasraj Bhatti, and a daughter, Raabiya Bhatti. His Wife Savita Bhatti was chosen in2014 Elections as a Candidate of Aam Aadmi Party from Chandigarh, but she opted out.

Mr. Arvind Bali

B.Tech 1982, Mechanical Engineering
Director & CEO, Videocon Telecom and Connect Broadband ARVIND BALI as DIRECTOR & CEO currently heading Videocon Telecom in its maiden journey of becoming the most admired brand with enriching lives of millions & guiding the organization to ride the next wave of telecom growth in India. Videocon Advanced Communication Lab was established by QTL (Connect Broadband & Videocon Telecom) at PEC Electronics and Communication Department. The prestigious lab facility in the institute was inaugurated by our alumnus Mr. Arvind Bali. An accomplished BUSINESS LEADER with 30+ year’s expertise in management of various business streams ranging from TELECOM, PLANT & OPERATIONS, MANUFACTURING & UTILITIES with globally respected outcomes. He possesses capabilities of transforming under-performing organizations with powerful analytical skills, potent communication capability & strategic vision.

Pamela Kumar

 1983, Electronics
Incubating “CLOUD COMPUTING INNOVATION COUNCIL” Pamela completed her Bachelor of Engineering from Punjab Engineering College in Electronics & Electrical Communication & her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, USA. She has also completed her Executive Program in Management in the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. She was the first ever appointee from India in the IEEE Standards Association – Board of Governors, as the Member at large for 2011/12. She also held the position of Chair for IEEE Computer Society and Chapter Coordination & membership development for the IEEE Bangalore Chapter. Pamela brings with her an experience of 27+ years in the semiconductor, computers and communication industry. She holds 3 patents in the area of networking accelerators. Prior to TI, she worked with C-DOT in Bangalore and at AT&T, Bell Labs in USA. Since February 2013 Pamela has been working on incubating the CLOUD COMPUTING INNOVATION COUNCIL of India as an open forum to bring together technology experts across industry, Academia and Government to collaborate and innovate around Cloud Computing Technologies to enable rapid deployment of cloud computing as well as accelerate the emergence of the Indian ecosystem as a global leader. From June 2007 to Feb 2013, Pamela held various positions in the IBM India Systems and Technology (STG) Lab. As Director of the Technology & Semiconductor Lab and later the Storage and Networking lab she helped establish globally integrated labs working on cutting edge technology and product development in the areas of nanotechnology, processor & ASIC technologies as well as mid-range and high-end scale-out NAS storage and FCoE networking solutions. Prior to IBM (1999 – 2007), she held various positions at Texas Instruments (TI) India.

Praveer Sinha

Btech 1984, Electrical
Praveer Sinha is the CEO & Managing Director of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TATA Power-DDL) a Public Private Partnership (Joint Venture) of Tata Power and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. Mr. Sinha has nearly 34 years of experience in Generation and Distribution sector. He has been responsible for developing and setting up Greenfield and Brownfield Power plants in India and abroad. Apart from this, he has actively contributed in bringing about huge socio-economic development and empowerment programs for youth and children in these project sites. He is a proud recipient of : • Adjudged CEO OF THE YEAR in 2013 and 2015. • Honoured at ‘India Power Awards-2015Best State Power Utility Awards-2016, Asian Power Awards 2016. • National Award for Promotion/ Facilitation of Roof Top Solar Programs TPDDL works towards promotion of Distributed Energy resources including Roof Top solar projects, Energy Storage programs, Automated Demand Response and Electric Vehicle charging systems, applicable both in the urban and rural environment. Under Mr. Sinha’s leadership, TPDDL is ranked 61st amongst 100 Best Companies to Work for in India; also declared 2nd Best in Energy, Oil and Gas Industry, Bestowed by GPTW. TATA Power-DDL has received National Award for adopting Effective cost Management Techniques, Bestowed By: 11th National Award for Excellence in Cost Management, Social Responsibility Award in Platts 2014 Global Energy Awards. and “National Award” for Innovative Training practices : 2013 -14 instituted by Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD) among several other. Mr. Sinha is also a member of prominent committees for reforms in Power Sector like ‘Committee on Financial Viability and Restructuring of Discoms’ and ‘Committee to Review the National Electricity Policy’, Member of the Apex Committee on National Smart Grid Mission, etc. He has been unanimously elected as the Chairman and Director of the Smart Utilities Group (SUG) and a India Smart Grid Forum respectively, which promotes the Vision, Direction and Focus to address challenges in improving the performance of Distribution Utilities by adoption, assimilation and deployment of state-of-the-art technologies which are scalable in the Indian context.

Rajinder Kumar Kaura

Btech 1973, Electrical
Er. Rajinder Kumar is the driving force of Bergen Group of Companies. Having vast experience & expertise in the field of electrical and electronics, he is an alumni of Punjab Engineering college and NORAD. Presently he is the Chairman cum Managing Director of Bergen Group of Companies and has 30 years experience in Sales and After Sales of Capital Machinery in the field of PCB and PCB Assembly & New Project Implementations. Mr. Kaura has 15 years experience in Power Sector, expertise in BOS for complete Solar Farms, Rural Electrification - designing as well as installation and commissioning. He is professionally Affiliated to different companies- SESI(Solar energy Society of India)-Vice President, IPCA(Indian Printed Circuit Association)-Past President(2002-2004), Founded EDCI(electronic Designer’s Council of India) and Patrons of EDCI events, Promoter Director- Electronic Skill Development Council in Electronics Sector & a Member Executive of –ELCINA. He is having big contribution in setting up industry in the field of- Electronics(Nokia, Bharti Telecom, Videocon), Solar(Indosolar, Moser Baer, Emmvee Solar), Automobile Industry(Continental, Bosch) & Smart Card Industry(MSP, APK identification). His major social contribution was with the help of NORAD, village electrification for more than 35 villages in J & K, Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh.

Rakesh Sharma

MBA 1978, Management
Rakesh Sharma superannuated from Philips as Sr. Director in April 2015, after a career spanning 35 years in India and overseas. At Philips key roles have been Global Head of Marketing for two business unitsbased in The Netherlands, Head of the Domestic Appliances Business; Head of Strategy, New Business Develop-ment and Mergers &Acquisition in India. Since superannuation he has worked as consultant with Philips on the demerger of the company, currently working with TERI as Advisor – Innovation, Ventures & Business Developmentand with PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh as Consultant - Centre of Excellence in Industrial & Product Design, and on the Advisory Panel for Design Innovation, Ventures & Startups. Education, Training: MBA – University Business School, Punjab University - 1978 BE, Mechanical Engineering – University of Technology (Punjab Engineering College), Chandigarh - 1976

Rakesh Yadav

BE 1970, Aeronautical
Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Rakesh Yadav , an alumnus of 1970 batch of Aeronautical , was commissioned in IAF in Jul 71 in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) branch .He was allocated Russian fighters stream and over years became one of most experienced officer of MiG 21 fleet.Commencing from Engineering Officer of 4 Sqn , he was part of Foxbat 3 Mach MiG 25 induction team .His main assignments include Senior Engineer of a front line fighter - 3 Sqn,Chief Engineering Officer of forward most fighter base ,Stn Cdr Highground Chandigarh and Principal Director of entire Russian fleet of IAF etc . For his meritorious services he was decorated twice by Hon'ble Rashtrapati with AVSM n VSM besides numerous commendations .

Dr. Vijay Vasandani

B.Tech 1983, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Vijay Vasandani Dr. Vasandani graduated from PEC in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a brief stint at EIL as a management trainee, he went to United States for higher studies. In the U.S. he received two Master’s degrees in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. Dr. Vasandani started his career at IBM as a solution architect and was a primary contributor to the architecture of their first-generation Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) product which is marketed as ENOVIA today. His team was responsible for delivering the UNIX and Windows versions of this enterprise software which was identified by industry analysts, at the time, as the “Recognized Leader” in the PLM space. He also laid the foundation for a web interface and CAD integrations for this product which were released later. IBM recognized Dr. Vasandani’s valuable contributions to their PLM product suite by giving him several awards including the “Outstanding Innovation Award” for technical leadership, “Market Driven Quality Award” for excellence in quality of services and “The Invention Achievement Award” for his technical patents. In 1996, Dr. Vasandani became an entrepreneur and as the CEO of his own company, Axiom Systems, he assumed full responsibility for the company’s vision, strategy, and operations. He orchestrated all aspects of the business including setting strategy, creating business units, commercializing products, scrutinizing financials, developing alliances, and instilling new processes and procedures to ensure profitability in all years of operation. He sharpened market focus and created a consistent image of Axiom Systems as a “Trusted Partner” and an “Enterprise Technology Company” capable of delivering high quality PLM solutions and services. Axiom Systems, under his astute leadership was recognized as a premier partner of IBM and Dassault Systèmes and provided engineering design process transformation advice to many Fortune 500 companies including Sikorsky Aircraft Corp (United Technologies), Lockheed Martin, Pratt and Whitney, Newport News Ship Building, Gulf Stream Aerospace (General Dynamics), Parker-Hannifin, Space Systems – LORAL, MIDREX, Tesla and Walt Disney Imagineering to just name a few. In 2006, Dr. Vasandani negotiated the sale of Axiom Systems to the satisfaction of all Axiom Systems’ shareholders. He then went on to use his business acumen to lead an effort to consolidate the U.S., European and Indian operations of NobleTek, a spinoff of the acquiring company, to set up their worldwide engineering practice. Dr. Vasandani is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for a startup, GoProcure, where he is the thought leader for innovative SaaS based B2B procurement solutions. He also serves on technical advisory boards where he gets the opportunity to pursue his passions and evaluate emerging, disruptive technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for business applications. Dr. Vasandani has been a resident of the U.S. state of Georgia since 1986 and an avid fan of the Atlanta Falcons. He does not miss any opportunity to cheer the Indian Cricket Team either and fondly cherishes memories of the D.P. Azad training camps in Sector 16 stadium where he had the fortune to play with Kapil Dev and Yograj Singh as a teenager. He currently lives in the Suwanee suburb of Atlanta with his lovely wife, Dr. Geetanjali Vasandani, an internist at Grady Hospital. They both are proud parents of two wonderful adult daughters Natasha, an industrial engineer, and Nimisha, a Pharmacy student at UGA.

Sanjiv Bhavnani

Btech 1983, Mechanical
An engineering Graduate from PEC, Chandigarh with Post Graduate Diplomas in Management and Information Technology and a vast experience of over 30 years working with leading companies. He started his career in 1983 with Blue Star Ltd, as a project engineer & quickly moved up the corporate ladder as a Senior Exective at CMC Ltd, the Vice Preisdent( Marketing) at the French transnational- Tech nova Information Systems, culminating at Meera & Co. Ltd as CEO in 1990. Going on to start Infotecnics in 1991, he built it into one of the most respected, recognized and fast growing System Integration companies in india by 2002. He was also a Director of Image Analyser Ltd (UK); a Director of Opentech Thai Network Specialists Ltd(Thailand) and Chairman of Cyberworks Visesh LLC(USA). He was awarded the “Udyog Rattan”in 2007 and was included in the “International Who’s Who Proffessionals”and Madison Who’s Who’for his outstanding contribution to the Indian IT Industry. He founded Mentorpreneur Advisors in 2009 and Continue to mentor over a dozen Indian SME & start ups as well as several large transnational in their business. He is Director of Mentorpreneur Venture Capital Pvt Ltd, TelEXcell Infranet & Net Edge Info techniques.He recently launched RIM Guru Infotecniques LLP as the first commercial launch. He is frequent speaker on Entrepreneurship at several Management Institutes & Engineering colleges and also mentors the winner of the national Tata First Dot contest.

Kamar Aulakh

B.Tech 1980, Civil Engineering
Kamar Aulakh works with Velos, Inc; clinical trials management information systems as its Chief Operating Officer. Aulakh comes with an extensive background as engineer, entrepreneur and business leader in technology and healthcare. Aulakh has substantial corporate experience. He was President and CEO of Quark, Inc., a leading developer of software solutions. As entrepreneur, Aulakh founded companies in the U.S., Switzerland and India