Bharathy’s Gift

Bharathy Bhaskar is a household name in Tamil Nadu. Her motivational talks draw thousands, and her YouTube videos are seen by millions. She is a celebrity and needs no introduction. Why would she agree to a webinar to inspire the students of an engineering college in Chennai? Therein lie some great leadership lessons – a lesson in modesty, a lesson in compassion, and a lesson in the spirit of giving back.

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Beyond Redwalls of CEG – Ep15: “The First Woman Engineer in India”

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I had the opportunity to talk about Roots and Wings with Hari, my fellow alum from College of Engineering, Guindy. I am thrilled to have four of the women from Roots and Wings provide their takes on what it meant to them to study engineering. Thank you, Nalini, Radha, Kalpa, and Indira! You can click on specific links (in the video description) to hear them talk.

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Thrilled to be in this company – CEG Distinguished Alumni 2020

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Every year the Alumni Association of College of Engineering, Guindy (AACEG) selects a number of alumni for the Distinguished Alumnus Award.  The categories are:

  • Renowned Professors from Academic Institutes
  • Eminent Scientist
  • Illustrious Defense Personnel
  • Prominent Industrialist / Entrepreneur / Administrator
  • Prominent young Scientist/Entrepreneur/ Administrator (Less than 45 years of age)
  • Outstanding Sports Personnel
  • Eminent personnel in Arts and Music
  • Philanthropist /Prominent Social Service rendered personnel
  • Any Others (Specify)

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Women and Self-Empowerment

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Introduction

Recently I was invited to give a talk on Women’s Empowerment at the San Francisco Tamil Manram.  This article is based on the webinar I delivered in Tamil. One of my mentees who is currently doing her engineering undergraduate was surprised by some of the challenges I mention.  That comes from belonging to the privileged class of women.  Keep in mind that when I talk about women, I am talking about all women in the world and my frame of reference is the Indian culture.  Challenges unique to women in technical professions are also discussed.

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Dr. Seetha Lakshmi: Pioneering Database Technologist

 

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Seetha Lakshmi graduated in 1972 from the College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), with a degree in electronics and communication engineering.  She went on to get a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas, Austin (the first woman Ph.D. from CEG!).

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பெண்கள் சுய அதிகாரம் – Women’s Self-empowerment 

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I had the honor of presenting a webinar on Women’s empowerment to 80+ Tamilians – members of San Francisco Tamil Manram & Sacramento Tamil Manram and some Tamil friends.

You can watch the recording of the webinar or browse the slides.

 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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USIEF Boot camp participants at CEG- Image courtesy Indumathi Manivannan Nambi

How do you make an impact as an alum when you are physically very far away from the campus?  Here is a story that will convince you that no matter where you are, it is possible.

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Roots and Wings Wisdom

 

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I published Roots and Wings, the book that chronicles the lives of 29 pioneering engineering women of India, 16 months ago.  Here are some words of wisdom from several of these women who graduated between 1953-1971.

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High on Mentoring

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If I were to characterize 2019, I would say that it was a year of mentoring. I interacted with some great mentees and was fortunate to play a small part in their aspiring lives. In the process, I gained a lot.

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