Manu VoraM.S. in Chemical Engineering, 1970; Ph.D., 1975
Chairman and President, Business Excellence, Inc.
IIT’s “sterling reputation” for exemplary graduate programs influenced Manu Vora, who came from Mumbai, India, to study at IIT. His days at IIT laid the groundwork for his dual passions: quality management/business excellence and fundraising. He credits his analytical and thinking skills learned at IIT to his successful career at AT&T Bell Laboratories for more than 17 years. Vora served as an adjunct faculty member at IIT Stuart School of Business from winter 1993 to spring 2005. In 2000 he founded Business Excellence, Inc., a global quality-management consulting service firm.
During his IIT days, Vora discovered the joy of raising money for good causes. Since 1970, Vora has raised more than $7 million working on over 30 campaigns for social and charitable causes. As a founding director and president of the Blind Foundation for India, Vora and his team have raised more than $3.5 million to support over 15 million visually impaired people in India. Vora is a recipient of the 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and has been recognized with a President’s Call to Service Award for his lifetime of voluntary service.
Vora served on the board of directors of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) for six years. He has published more than 40 articles in professional journals and conference symposia and has delivered more than 315 presentations on business excellence around the world. Vora is a recipient of ASQ’s Hutchens Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Grant Medal, and Lancaster Medal. From 2006–2010, Vora volunteered as a chair of the IIT Alumni Awards Judges Team. He has been honored with the IIT Professional Achievement Award, the IIT International Alumni Leadership Award, and the IIT Alumni Medal.