Date Friday, September 23, 2011, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, SB 238
Title: Round Table Discussion with CS Board Members
Speakers: Chris Gladwin (Cleversafe) and Sairam Rangachari (optionsXpress, Inc).
We have organized a round table discussion, targeting IIT/CS students, who want to meet with some of the CS Board members. S. Christopher Gladwin from Cleversafe and Sairam Rangachari from optionsXpress will be available between 2PM and 3PM on Friday, September 23rd, to discuss everything from the CS curriculum, to CS directions over the coming years, to job opportunities. We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting round table discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
Chris Gladwin is president and chief executive officer of Cleversafe Inc., a developer of dispersed cloud storage technology. Before Cleversafe, he was the founding chairman, president, and CEO of MusicNow, which was later acquired by Circuit City. Prior to MusicNow, he was the founding chairman, president, and CEO of Cruise Technologies, which became the dominant supplier of wireless thin client technology. Gladwin was the creator of the first workgroup storage server at Zenith Data Systems and was a manager of corporate storage standards at Lockheed Martin. He has created more than 300 issued and pending patents related to dispersed storage technology, wireless remote interface, and Internet service technology. Gladwin's work has been recognized with 32 industry awards for the products, services, and companies he has created. Gladwin has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a former member of the IIT Stuart School of Business Board of Overseers.
Sairam Rangachari is chief innovation officer and senior vice president at optionsXpress, Inc. with responsibility for product strategy and innovation. Under Rangachari's leadership, the company launched several products that solidified the world-class optionsXpress trading platform, which won several awards from Barron's, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, SmartMoney, and other leading industry publications. Part of the original team that built the optionsXpress platform, he played a key role through its IPO in acquiring and executing the integration of XpressTrade, a futures brokerage. Recently, Charles Schwab acquired OptionsXPress for $1 billion. In addition to his IIT degree, he has a bachelor's degree in engineering and computer science from the University of Madras.