Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards
Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Awards

Dr. Arun Netravali
Former Bell Labs President
Founder and Managing Partner of OmniCapital

Arun Netravali is a founder and managing partner of OmniCapital, a private equity firm based in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Previously, he was the President of Bell Laboratories, where he was responsible for research and development across all of Lucent (annual budget of $3.5B and 22,000 people).  He held a variety of management positions in AT&T and Lucent covering R&D in computing and telecommunications.  During his tenure as the President of Bell Labs, R&D productivity improved by 40%, the patent rate climbed to 4patents/day, IP-revenue went up significantly, 35 ventures were launched with Bell Labs technology, and numerous leading-edge products were introduced in wireless, optical and data communications at record speeds.

Dr. Netravali is regarded as a pioneer in the field of digital technology and led numerous initiatives including Bell Labs¡¯ high definition television (HDTV) effort. He has authored more than 180 technical papers and co-authored three books.  He is frequently sought as a keynote speaker at major industry forums.  He holds more than 75 patents in the areas of computer networks, human interfaces to machines, picture processing and digital television.   

Dr. Netravali is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and AAAS, New Jersey¡¯s Inventors Hall of Fame, and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. For his technical achievements, Dr. Netravali has received numerous awards, including the Alexander Graham Bell Medal (1991), an Emmy for the HDTV Grand Alliance (1994), the Computers & Communications Prize, (1997) (NEC, Japan), the IEEE Frederik Philips Award (2000), the NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies in India) Medal (2000), the IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal (2001), the Padma Bhushan Award from the President of India, which is the nation's third highest civilian honor (2001), the Science and Technology Medal from the R&D Council of NJ (2001), and the National Medal of Technology from President Bush (2001).

Dr. Netravali was an adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has taught graduate courses at City College (N.Y.), Columbia University and Rutgers University.  He has served on the editorial board of several journals.  He serves on the Boards of Level 3 Communications, and LSI, is an executive consultant to Accenture, LLP and was a trustee of NJ Institute of Technology.  He is a member of the Indo/U.S. Science and Technology Council, initiated by former President Clinton and Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee, and the NRI Advisory Committee for Telecommunications, created by Mr. Mahajan, former Minister of Communications in India. 

Dr. Netravali received B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, and master¡¯s and doctorate degrees from Rice University in Houston, Texas, all in electrical engineering.  He holds honorary doctorates from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Switzerland, Clarkson University, Osmania University and IIT, Mumbai. 

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