IIT Madras Notable Alumni: Forging Paths to Success

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has a rich legacy of producing outstanding individuals who have excelled in various fields, leaving an indelible mark on the world. In this article, we delve into the extraordinary journeys and remarkable achievements of some of IIT Madras’s most notable alumni.

NameVineeta Singh
Date of Birth1983
Place of BirthAnand, Gujarat, India
SchoolingDelhi Public School, R. K. Puram
UGElectrical Engineering – IIT Madras
PGMBA – IIM Ahmedabad
RoleIndian entrepreneur CEO and Co-founder of Sugar Cosmetics
Achievements/AwardsWon 2 Gold and 2 Silver medals for IIT Madras during the 4 Inter IIT Sports Meets attended from 2001–2005
World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leadership list (2022)
Fortune’s 40 Under 40
NameSenapathy “Kris” Gopalakrishnan
Date of BirthApril 5, 1955
Place of BirthThiruvananthapuram, Kerala
SchoolingGovernment Model Boys Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram
UGGovernment Arts College – Thiruvananthapuram
PGM.Sc. in Physics, M.Tech. in Computer Science – IIT Madras
RoleExecutive Vice Chairman, Infosys
Achievements/AwardsPadma Bhushan – 2011
Top CEO by Institutional Investor Thinkers 50 – 2009
Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Madras – 1998
NamePrabhakar Raghavan
Date of BirthSeptember 25, 1960
Place of BirthBhopal, Madhya Pradesh
SchoolingCampion School, Bhopal
UGB. Tech – IIT Madras
PGPh.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – University of California, Berkeley
RoleVice President at Google
Achievements/AwardsReceived the Machtey Award for Best Student Paper
Awarded a Laurea Honoris Causa from the University of Bologna
NameAnimashree (Anima) Anandkumar
Date of BirthNA
Place of BirthMysore, Karnataka
UGElectrical Engineering – IIT Madras
PGPh.D. – Cornell University
RoleBren Professor of Computing at California Institute of Technology. 
Director of Machine Learning Research at NVIDIA
Achievements/Awards2015 Google Research Award
2015 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award
2022 ACM Fellow
NameSridhar Vembu
Date of Birth1968
Place of BirthTanjore, Tamil Nadu, India
UGElectrical Engineering – IIT Maa
PGMS and Ph.D. degrees – Princeton University
RoleFounder and CEO of Zoho Corporation
Achievements/AwardsErnst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in India – 2019
Padma Shri – 2021
NameMamidala Jagadesh Kumar
Date of Birth1962
Place of BirthMamidala, Tipparthi, Nalgonda, Telangana
UGEngineering – IIT Madras
PGMasters and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering – IIT Madras
Post-doctoral research – University of Waterloo, Canada
RoleChairman of the University Grants Commission
Achievements/AwardsHe was awarded the IBM Faculty Award in recognition of professional achievements – in 2008
He received the Excellence in Teaching (in large class category) from IIT Delhi – in 2013
NamePrem Watsa
Date of BirthAugust 5, 1950
Place of BirthHyderabad, Telangana
SchoolingHyderabad Public School, Hyderabad
UGChemical Engineering – IIT Madras
PGMBA – Richard Ivey School of Business, London
RoleFounder Fairfax Financial Holdings
9th Chancellor of the University of Waterloo
Achievements/AwardsMember of the Order of Canada in 2015
NameShivakumar Venkatraman
Date of BirthNA
Place of BirthHyderabad, Telangana
SchoolingHyderabad Public School, Hyderabad
UGB.S. in Computer Science – IIT Madras
PGMS and Ph.D. in Computer Science – University of Wisconsin at Madison
RoleVP of Engineering Ads and Commerce at Google Inc, Mountain View USA
NameKrishna Bharat
Date of BirthJanuary 7, 1970
Place of BirthBengaluru, India
SchoolingSt. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bengaluru
UGB.Tech in Computer Science – IIT Madras
PGPh.D. in Human-Computer Interaction – Georgia Tech
RoleResearch Scientist at Google
Achievements/AwardsWorld Technology Award for Media & Journalism – 2003
Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater IIT Madras – 2015
NameR. Prasanna
Date of BirthOctober 2, 1970
Place of BirthChennai, India
UGBachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture – IIT Madras
PGMagna cum laude – Berklee College of Music, Boston.
RoleMusician, Composer, Educator
Achievements/Awards‘Top 50 creative Indians’ by Open Magazine in 2010

The future holds great promise, and IIT Madras is certain to continue producing exceptional individuals who will leave an enduring mark on the world. These profiles represent a testament to the institute’s unwavering commitment to nurturing talent and shaping the leaders of tomorrow. We salute the achievements of these distinguished alumni and eagerly anticipate the remarkable journeys of future generations.

The spirit of IIT Madras lives on through the achievements of its alumni, serving as a source of inspiration and a reminder that with determination and passion, anyone can accomplish great things and leave a lasting impact on the world.