MIT Corporation Elects Three Indian-Americans to Serve on Board of Trustees

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Vanu Bose

CAMBRIDGE, MA–The MIT Corporation — the Institute’s board of trustees — elected 10 term members, including three Indian-Americans, who will each serve for five years, as well as two life members, on Board of Trustees.

The Indian-American members are: Vanu G. Bose (second term), Victor J. Menezes (second term) and Vrajesh Y. Modi. Other members are: Noubar Afeyan, Eran Broshy, John D. Chisholm, Martin Y. Tang, Carmen M. Thain, Kenneth Wang and Songyee Yoon. The two life members are: Theresa M. Stone Megan J. Smith.

As of July 1, the Corporation will consist of 76 distinguished leaders in education, science, engineering, and industry; of those, 25 are life members and eight are ex officio. An additional 34 individuals are life members emeritus, according to a statement.

Life members serve without a specific term until they turn 75 years old, while term members serve for five years. Both types of members have voting rights in the Corporation. Alumni nominees and representatives of recent graduating classes also serve five-year terms. At age 75, life members become life members emeritus; while they no longer have a vote, they continue to play an active role in Institute affairs.

Vanu Bose
Vanu Bose

Vanu G. Bose, Founder and CEO of Vanu, Inc.

Vanu G. Bose earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1984, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics 1984, and a master’s and PhD in electrical engineering and computer science in 1994 and 1999, respectively, all from MIT. Bose is CEO and founder of Vanu, Inc., which pioneered the commercialization of software-defined radio and has received numerous industry awards. Bose has been named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a ComputerWorld Honors Program Laureate. Bose was a technical expert for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report, “Realizing the Full Potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth.” He is founder and chair of the National Spectrum Consortium, and currently serves as a member of the Army Science Board.

Victor Menezes
Victor Menezes

Victor J. Menezes, Retired Senior Vice Chairman of Citigroup Inc.

Menezes earned a degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1970, and a master’s in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1972. Currently, he is a senior operating advisor with New Silk Route, an international private-equity firm. He was senior vice chair of Citigroup Inc., retiring in 2005 after 32 years. Previously, he was chair and CEO of Citibank, head of Citigroup’s emerging markets business, and head of Citibank’s businesses in India, Hong Kong, China, and Europe. In 1995, he was named CFO of Citicorp and Citibank. He served as a Corporation member from 2008 to 2013, serving on the Risk and Audit Committee and the Media Lab/Media Arts and Sciences and MIT Sloan School of Management visiting committees.

Vrajesh Y. Modi, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group

Modi earned bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and in management science from MIT in 2011, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a master’s in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2015. He is currently a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where he works on strategy, pricing, and operations projects. While at MIT, Modi served as president of the Undergraduate Association, and  served on the Committee on Graduate Programs, the Corporation Joint-Advisory Committee on Institute-wide Affairs, the Task Force on Student Engagement, and the Housing Strategy Group. He was also a coach for the Community Catalyst Leadership Program, a mentor for the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, and involved with the Educational Council. For his work as an undergraduate, Modi was awarded the Karl Taylor Compton Prize.

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