Rajeev ChandrasekharM.S. in Computer Science, 1988
Just a few years after graduating from IIT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar was part of the Intel team that designed the trailblazing Pentium chip. He also was a senior design engineer on the team that designed the 32-bit 80486 microprocessor. Chandrasekhar went on to found India’s premier mobile phone service provider, BPL Mobile, which facilitated the widespread use of the cell phone and transformed telecommunications in his home country.
He then founded and is currently chair and chief executive officer of Jupiter Capital, a venture development, management, and investment company focusing on infrastructure, media, and technology ventures. Chandrasekhar is a member of India’s Parliament representing Bangalore, Karnataka, and was recently elected president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Previously, he served on the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry and the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Information Technology for the Government of India. For enhancing IIT’s reputation as an international technology and entrepreneurship leader, Chandrasekhar was honored with the 2007 IIT Global Service Award.