Meet the Advisory Board

President

Sayantika Saha
Engineering Manager, General Motors Technical Center India

Sayantika Saha

Sayantika Saha is an automotive engineer with 16 + years of experience currently working at General Motors. She is experienced in managing efficient, innovative & goal-focused teams. Sayantika is an SWE global ambassador and one of the founding members of SWE Bangalore affiliate.


Vice President

Dr. Seema Chopra
Global Technical Leader & Associate Tech Fellow, Boeing

Dr Seema Chopra

Dr Seema Chopra is working as Global Technical Leader – Data Analytics at Boeing Research and Technology, India. She was recognized as part of the Boeing Technical Fellowship and became Boeing India’s first ‘Associate Technical Fellow’ for Artificial Intelligence. Her prior experience was with GE as a PHM (Prognostic Health Management) Technical Leader and was involved in the design and developing prognostic health management technologies for Gas turbines. Seema earned her doctorate degree in Control engineering from IIT Roorkee, India. Seema is certified Black belt – DFSS Lean Six Sigma and has 14 patents and 35+ publications in various International/National journals & conferences.


Program Director

Suchismita Sanyal
General Manager, Computational Science, Shell

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Suchismita Sanyal is currently the General Manager, Computational Science at Shell Technology Centre Bangalore, leading a team of 40+ researchers in delivering computational solutions to Shell. A metallurgist by training, Suchismita brings in 18+ years of corporate R&D experience with GE and Shell and specializes in advanced computational techniques for accelerated discovery of materials and device design.

Her other passion includes exploring innovation tools for project excellence: Suchismita is a trained level-3 expert in TRIZ (Russian acronym for Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) methodology. She has 5 Patents and 15+ peer-reviewed journal publications to her credit. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Suchismita has been involved in driving technical women’s network activities across Shell and GE.


Secretary

Madhuri D Madhavanpillai
Senior Manager, Cloud Platform Development, IBM India Pvt Ltd.

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Madhuri has held a variety of technical and management positions in her 16 year career with IBM. With a total of 19 years of experience under her belt, she is an active contributor to the diversity initiatives of IBM. Madhuri has led multiple diversity events across IBM business units and organized technical conferences like IBM Women in technology conference that helps in the development of technical leadership for women.

In her current role in IBM, she primarily manages the IBM Cloud Security Advisor development mission. The last couple of years, Madhuri was designated for a stretch assignment and performed the Program Manager role for Technical Experts Council-India (IBM Academy of Technology Affiliate), IBM India Software Labs Diversity Focal point.  She loves to participate in career mentoring inside and outside IBM. Madhuri has also filed a patent (issued) and has 1 publish to her credit.


Public Communication Chair

Tulika Bhadani
Sr. HR Generalist, Honeywell Technology Solutions Ltd.

Tulika Bhadani

Tulika Bhadani has 10+ years of experience in Human Resources. She received her MBA from XISS Ranchi and has worked on various subjects including HR business partnering roles for engineering, IT, R&D & manufacturing businesses and key involvement in OD, Talent Management, Change Management, Capability Building processes.


Social Media Chair

Chetana Prasad
Senior Program Manager, Trane Technologies

Chetana Prasad

Chetana Prasad has been with Trane Technologies (formerly part of Ingersoll Rand) for the last 14+ years, as a Program Manager working on enterprise level corporate initiatives and also end-to-end project execution. She is also an Advanced Certified Scrum Master and a strong advocate of Agile practices across the organization.

She represents Trane Technologies at SWE Bangalore, as a part of the various Diversity and Inclusion initiatives that Trane Technologies is involved in.


Keynote Chair

Rema P. Ravindran
Director, Power & Controls Unit, Collins Aerospace

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Rema P Ravindran is currently the Director, Power & Controls Business Unit at Collins Aerospace engineering centre in Bangalore, leading a team of 250+ engineers in delivering electronic control systems for the power generation & distribution,  engine & airframe controls and environmental control sub-systems on an aircraft. Rema is an Electrical Engineer, with 25+ years of experience in systems engineering in the domains of power generation, locomotives, metro trains and aerospace. Prior to Collins Aerospace, she was associated with companies like Alstom, GE, Kirloskar Electric, Wabtec and CAE, in progressing technical and managerial roles. Rema is passionate about diversity & inclusion and is the Chair for Collins Aerospace India Women’s Resource Group –“Women with Wings”.


Entrepreneur Chair

Anshuma Singh
Global IT Project/Program Manager, Applied Materials

Anshuma Singh

Anshuma is a technology-driven & positive leader with 14+ years of work experience in Software Product Development, Program Management and Delivery Management. She is currently leading a multi-million dollar Global IT Infrastructure program and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning activities for APAC. Anshuma has a passion for diversity and organization development. Singh is an active member and speaker at various Women Technology forums (GHCI , WITI , IWN) both at a national and international level. She is also a strong advocate for the growth of women in STEM. When off work, Anshuma likes to indulge in travel, creative writing, fitness and be the doting mom of her little ones.


Poster Board Chair

Charulatha Varadarajan
Engineering Program Manager, Intel

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Charulatha Varadarajan has a rich experience in Embedded Systems and product development starting from board bring up till product readiness, open source linux drivers, DSP/ assembly language programming, etc. She is a post graduate certified in AIML, training employees in her organization in this field and contributing to intel-tensorflow. Charulatha plays an active role in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives @Intel and has actively participated in Internal and External Conferences. She is a SWE member since 2017 and is chairing the WE Local Bengaluru Poster track since 2019. She is a busy single parent of primary school twinkling twins, a boy and girl. She loves networking with people, spreading motivation and positivity with her ever charming smile.


Technical Track Chair

Swathi Mogadali
Software Engineer, Medtronic Meet the Advisory Board 5

Swathi Mogadali is an avid networking enthusiast, nature lover and Software Engineer by day. She has over 10+ years experience and currently works at Medtronic. Swathi has experience in automating complex issues, such as verifing and validating lifesaving medical devices. Her job involves evaluating various technologies, scripting languages and creating the automation framework to enhance the usability and improve the medical devices. Swathi is one of the Technical Track Chair persons representing Medtronic on the SWE Advisory Board, and one of the key organizing members of Medtronic support for WE Local Bangalore.


Leadership Track Chair

Sasi Rekha Rajendrababu
Director, Technical training, Visa Inc.

Sasirekha R

Sasi Rekha has 20+ years of experience in the area of Technical Talent Development across industry and academia. She specializes in creating technology leadership pipeline across the organization, role-based competency development plans, driving industry and university alliances, facilitating programs and Agile consulting. Her role in building technology pipeline through technical learning offerings, early career technology leadership programs and learning road-maps. Her responsibility also includes nurturing strategic partnerships with universities to leverage the regional ecosystem. She has an engineering degree in Computer science from the University of Madras. She is a Certified Scrum Master and has worked as an Agile Coach in her previous roles. Being passionate about learning, she has also taught in universities in China and India. An avid reader, her hobbies include trying out new recipes and blogging about social norms which she strongly feels about.


Career Fair Chair

Shalawn Jackson
Subsurface Manager, Exxon MobilMeet the Advisory Board 6

Shalawn Kirkland Jackson is the Subsurface Manager for ExxonMobil Services & Technology Private Limited (EMSTPL), Bengaluru Technology Center (BTC). In her current role, she provides strategic leadership and direction for the Geoscience, Reservoir and Drilling & Subsurface disciplines ensuring high quality technology support throughout the full well life cycle. Ms. Jackson is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and Society of Women Engineer (SWE).

Shalawn attended the University of South Carolina where she earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. She joined ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in 2001 with primary responsibilities in novel materials development, evaluation, and deployment. In 2006, she began working on projects focused on well productivity design and evaluation and then served as a team leader that stewarded both research and breakthrough projects in the area of carbonate matrix acidizing and hydraulic fracturing stimulation.

From 2008 to 2018, she successfully managed various teams within Upstream Research and Production Companies to develop distinguishing capabilities in the areas of materials, corrosion and flow assurance in order to support new developments, ensure asset/production integrity, and increase productivity. In this time Shalawn also co-authored several research articles and publications which have been published in professional journals. Shalawn was awarded the ExxonMobil “Advanced Skill Milestone” award in 2014 which is given globally to only a select company employees, for her technical expertise within subsurface engineering.

Shalawn is passionate about personnel development through personalized mentoring. She and her husband James enjoy traveling and spending time with their teenage daughter.


College Outreach Chair

Gauri Kulkarni
CumminsMeet the Advisory Board 7

Gauri is Electronics and Telecommunication engineer with close to 12 years of engineering and technology experience in UK, Germany, Japan and India. She possesses multicultural working experience and multilingual abilities. She has varied experiences in leading technology teams in Electrification, Connectivity and Powertrain domain for passenger cars and for commercial vehicles. Currently she’s working with Cummins Technical Centre, India as Connectivity Leader responsible for developing and integrating IoT solutions.

Gauri has joined SWE in 2020 as global ambassador. She’s passionate about proliferating and strengthening the concept of Diversity and Inclusion.


Chennai Chair

Jahnavi Chennupati
Deputy General Manager, Digital & Technology Solutions – Caterpillar Inc. India

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Jahnavi Chennupati is an energetic leader with 15 years of experience in Engineering. She started her career as a Software Engineer with Caterpillar in 2005 in the US. She leads the Digital & Technology Solutions (D&TS) division which collaborates globally and transforms the latest technologies to develop products and solutions for end users that would add value to the respective business.

With her diverse experience in working with teams across the globe and never-say-die attitude, she has seen as a role model within her organization. She is responsible for guiding on managerial and all aspect of technical leadership support to software team that develop and deliver digital solutions on Connectivity, Telematics and Site level solutions. The solutions include Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile Technologies, Cloud Technologies, CRM Applications, Web Applications, Analytics and Big Data Technologies. The projects inclusive of research, design, development, test, document and deliver the product that builds spectacular digital experiences for customers.


Pune Chair

Preetika Hingorani
Black & VeatchMeet the Advisory Board 9

Preetika Hingorani is a HR Professional with 8 years expertise in Talent Acquisition and Talent Management. She has experience in Talent Acquisition, Onboarding & Orientation, Training, Performance Management, Succession Management, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Rewards & Recognition, Wellness and Employee Relations management. She currently works as the HR Business Partner for Black & Veatch’s Power & Telecom Businesses in India.

Preetika leads Diversity & Inclusion initiative at Black & Veatch, India office and is also part of the D&I Partner network. Her efforts towards D&I are highly appreciated by Black & Veatch Leadership and she has been instrumental in expanding the reach of several programs of SWE Pune Affiliate such as SWEet Milan, Wow! That’s Engineering and Mentoring in the Engineering Industry. Hingorani’s efforts towards D&I encouraged the Management at Black & Veatch to launch SWE, Mumbai Affiliate! Preetika serves as Vice President for the SWE Pune Affiliate. Preetika is passionate about Interior Designing, watching Bollywood movie and singing!


Delhi Chair

Bishwaroopa Chakraborty (Roopa)
Project Engineering Manager, Bechtel India Pvt. Ltd.

Bishwaroopa Chakraborty (Roopa)

Roopa is a Chemical engineer with 27 years of EPC experience in the Oil & Gas and Mining & Metal industries, and  specializes in oil refineries and petrochemicals. She is currently working as Senior Project Engineering Manager, handling projects in different parts of the world. She was Chief Engineer for Process and Project Engineering prior to this role. Earlier, Roopa had worked for Engineers India Ltd. during the start of her career.


Mumbai Chair

Manasi Athalye
Senior HR Business Partner, Black & Veatch

Manasi Athalye

Manasi Athalye is a business-driven HR professional with rich experience of 13+ years in managing the entire gamut of Human Resources for Black & Veatch Pvt Ltd. She is the leader of the Society of Women Engineers Mumbai Affiliate. Manasi says, “In a nutshell, I am a people’s person”.


Mohali Chair

Kudrat Kaur
Technical Services Manager Corporate EITS, Emerson

Kundrat Kaur

Kudrat Kaur has been working with Emerson for more than 6 years in three different roles. She started her career with Emerson in 2012 in OTS within Corporate. Primarily manage Infrastructure and Budget for Automation Solutions. Now, she’s working as Stem Leader at EITS, conducting programs benefiting women employees through H-Cube initiative. Her key contributions to Emerson are in getting the entire infrastructure ready for B Family R12 upgrade, leading a Kaizen to improve Annual Operating Plan for Corporate and Contributing towards the success of EITS through Roundtable and Hands and Hearts for her.


Kolhapur Chair

Sharanya Sachin Menon
Project Manager, Menon Pistons Ltd.

Sharanya Sachin Menon

Sharanya Sachin is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Warwick. She graduated in 2015 and began working in her family business. There, Sharanya handled projects on process optimization in the manufacturing process. She is also the leader of the SWE Kolhapur Affiliate. In her free time, Sharanya is a Bharatanatyam dancer and yoga enthusiast.


Special Consultant to the Advisory Committee

Vandana Pandey
Integration Chief Engineer, Hybrid Compute Services Engineering, IBM India Pvt Ltd.

Vandana Pandey

Vandana is a Global Integration Chief Engineer under Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Services (eHCS), where she focuses on the Automation and LifeCycle aspects of Hybrid Cloud. She is Global Quality Leader for Application Hosting Tribe, which majorly consists of Middleware, Database and Enterprise Apps. Vandana is a Platform Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) for pilot accounts at IBM, and has over 14+ years of IT Experience. She has been a SWE Ambassador since 2016 and was one of the founding members of SWE Chennai Affiliate and previously served as Affiliate President. She filed her first patent in 2018 and published 2 other disclosures. Vandana leads several diversity initiatives in her company, and has continued to assist women with their professional and personal issues. She is an active mentor and has written several blogs both internally (inside her organisation) and externally.

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