Past Events

Please forward your suggestions on programming to Gurumuthy Kalyanaram (GK).  We would like you to lead an initiative in your area.

MIT SAAA Events in 2014

MIT-India Program, February 1, Mumbai

MIT SAAA supported and participated in MIT-India's two programs in Mumbai, India.  The first program was two workshops by the MIT Media Lab. The workshops demonstrated designs from the Design Innovation the Health Tech Workshops.  The second was a dinner and celebration of the 15th anniversary of MIT-India program.  MIT professor Ramesh Raskar was the guest speaker at the dinner.

MIT SAAA Events in 2013

October 26, 2013, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Dallas, Annual Conference

MIT SAAA was a sponsor and participant in The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Dallas, Annual Conference -- a gathering of entrepreneurs and innovators.  The conference was productive and successful, and MIT SAAA participants, who received 50 percent discount on the registration, very much enjoyed the conference.  See, TiE Annual Conference

October 6, 2013, MIT India Conference, Cambridge

MIT SAAA was a sponsor of MIT India conference, Divided We Stand: Exploring the Role of Dissonance in India's Progress, held on October 6, 2013 in Media Center at MIT.  Vinay Rai, MIT SAAA vice-president, was a moderator for the panel discussion on Entrepreneurship.  See, MIT India Conference 2013

September 28, 2013, MIT, Cambridge

MIT South Asian Alumni Association hosted a lunch with student group leaders as part of Alumni Leadership Conference weekend.  Over 40 students participated, and discussed opportunities for collaboration and leadership.  The students and alumni conversed about their current and future paths.

September 27, 2013, MIT, Cambridge

Gurumurthy Kalyanaram participated in a panel discussion of Tricks of the Trade as part of Alumni Leadership Conference weekend.  GK presented MIT SAAA, and discussed about its successful board meetings and operations and vibrant community participation.  Other participants included: Melissa Marquardt, Director of International Communities - Moderator and Presenter; Moana Bentin, Associate Director of MIT Affinity Communities; Laura Greene, Assistant Director for Alumni Education and Geographic Communities; Nelly Rosario ‘94, Communications Chair, BAMIT (Black Alumni of MIT); Tomas Gonzalez ‘80, Club of South Texas; Yiting Shen MBA ‘07, Club of Great Britain; and Yasmin Brown SM ‘78, Club of South Texas.

GK ALC 2013 Presentation.

July 26-28, 2013, New Delhi

MIT SAAA participated in the orientation program (organized by MIT Sangam) for new admittees to the graduate programs to MIT for Fall 2013.   Vinay Rai, Vice-President, is sponsoring the program through Rai Foundation. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram, President, addressed the group via Skype.  See Photo Album for pictures.

June 12, 2013, Washington D.C.

MIT SAAA participated in a talk by Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Head of United Stated Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency organized by the Washington, D.C. MIT Club.

June 6, 2013, New York

MIT SAAA participated in a lecture by Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, a well-known Indian economist and China scholar, on Indian Economic Development organized by Fordham University Economics Department.  See Photo Album for picture.

May 16, 2013, Cambridge, MA

MIT SAAA organized a get-together, and presentation by Sorin Grama, SM '07, co-founder and CEO of Promethean Power Systems.  After graduating from SDM program in 2007, Sorin co-founded Promethean Power System (Promethean) with a mission to develop a better cold-storage solution for Indian dairies. Never mind that he had only been to India once at that point. After 6 years and many trials and tribulations later, Promethean is making some inroads in the dairy industry with a novel milk chiller that can be operated in rural areas with limited electricity. Sorin and his co-founder live in Mumbai where they are currently working to deliver a large order for one of India's largest private dairies.

Promethean maintains an active presence in both Mumbai and Boston and recently received an SBIR Phase II grant from National Science Foundation to continue commercialization of its technology in India.  See Photo Album for pictures.

March 29, 2013, New Delhi, India

MIT SAAA Vice-President Vinay Rai hosted a luncheon in honor of MIT President Rafael Reif and his wife, Christine Reif.  The luncheon was attended by MIT South Asian Alumni/ae.  The other guests of honor included Honorable Jaipal Reddy, Indian Minister for Science and Technology, Ambassador Karan Singh and Lord Swaraj Paul.  See Photo Album for pictures.  See the invite: Invitation for luncheon in honor of President Reif
MIT SAAA Board Member Kemal Meattle hosted the visiting MIT Sloan students (India Trek) and discussed with them the clean technology initiatives proposed by his company.  See Photo Album for pictures.

March 28, 2013, New Delhi, India

MIT SAAA Vice-President vinay Rai hosted a dinner for the visiting MIT Sloan students (India Trek), and the dinner reception was attended by MIT South Asian Alumni/ae.  See Photo Album for pictures.

MIT SAAA participated in the talk by Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, a renowned economist and China scholar, organized by MIT Sloan India Trek students at India International Center.  See Photo Album for pictures.

March 26, 2013, Mumbai, India

MIT SAAA participated in the public talk given by President Rafael Reif on "MIT:  An Instrument for Inventing the Future" organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) led by MIT Alumnus Adi Godrej.  Adi Godrej also hosted a reception of Alumni and visiting Sloan School students (MIT Sloan India Trek).  See Photo Album for pictures.  See the program: CII Meeting, President Reif

March 21, 2013, Banc Cafe, New York

MIT SAAA organized a get-together and discussion of the status anad future of the Association including programming activities, membership plans, and database organization. See Photo Album for picture.

March 19, 2013, Taj Coromandel Hotel, Chennai

MIT SAAA participated in the Talk on International Development by Professor Lant Prichett and Namrata Arora, and dinner sponsored by Harvard South Asia Institute.

March 14, 2013, MIT Alumni/ae Office, Cambridge

MIT SAAA organized a get-together and presentation by Bilal Zuberi, PhD 2003, on his entrepreneurial journey and MIT's contributions annd support in this journey and success.  See Photo Album for pictures.

MIT SAAA Events in 2012

September 21, 2012, MIT SAAA Get-together

MIT SAAA organized a get-together during the Alumni Leadership Conference weekend in Stratton Student Center.  MIT SAAA members also particpated in ALC.  See Photo Album for pictures.

MIT SAAA Events in 2011

MIT SAAA get-together during Sloan Alumni weekend

May 14, 2011 , 4:00 AM -5:00 AM

Building E62, Room 164.
MIT Sloan Building
Cambridge, MA
United States

Event Contact: G Kalyanaram (
Contact Phone: (214)-675-9458

As you know, the MIT Sloan School has organized a very interesting portfolio of programs (colloquia, talks, get-togethers) during the Alumni weekend (May 12th-14th) as part of MIT's 150th Anniversary celebrations. I encourage you to attend this exciting event, though I know that almost all the programs are completely oversubscribed but there are some still available.

In any case, please come and visit us in Room 164 (E62) for a get-together and conversation. Any one with any interest in and connection to South Asia including by birth or relatives or intellectual and cultural curiosity or professional relationship is welcome to this get-together.

As you may know, MIT SAAA is relatively new. Over the last 4-5 months, we are in the process of re-energizing this association and we seek your active participation and input. For example, we are seriously considering initiating 3-4 vibrant and strong South Asia Alumni Clubs in US (please let me know if you have a suggestion and/or if you will like to volunteer).

MIT150 Celebration: Dinner with MITSAAA
April 9, 2011 , 7:30 PM -11:00 PM

Tamarind Bay - Harvard Square
75 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA
United States

Event Contact: Arjun Naskar (
Contact Phone: 650 575 3251

Join us on the eve of MIT's 150th anniversary by dining with your fellow South Asian Alumni right here in Cambridge, MA!
Please RSVP now via Smartrans:
Cost: Pay for what you eat (Dutch)

MIT Alum get together in New Delhi March 23, 2011 , 8:00 PM

Ravi Meattle's residence
26 Prithvi Raj Road
New Delhi, 110011

Event Contact: Ravi Meattle (
Contact Phone: 91 98100 60512

There will be a dinner at Ravi Meattle's residence to commemorate bicentennial year celebrations of MIT.

MIT's 150th anniversary celebration dinner organized by MITSAA and MIT Delhi Club

March 21, 2011

Vinay Rai's residence
New Delhi

Event Contact: Vinay Rai (
Contact Phone: 617-223-7969

Vinay Rai '70 has very graciously offered to invite all Delhi alumni to his home in Delhi for a dinner with Dean Fitzgerald. Please feel free to join this even if you happen to be around Delhi during that time.