It's a need that doesn't abate and a thirst that won't slake. Each year, the world seeks and consumes more energy than the year just passed, in a manner that paradoxically leaves even less for the future. In a rapidly growing world, this unrelenting demand for energy will continue. But what will change is the way we produce it - a fresh way of approaching the linked problems of energy, growth and the environment. This is charter that we have set for ourselves.
At SuryaGen, we are reshaping the way we think about these issues to emerge with innovative solutions. Engineering a new way of life, in which India, the world and every individual has the power to shine.
SuryaGen was started by entrepreneurs with a passion for making a difference in a world facing an energy crisis. SuryaGen emerged from ideas conceived by Professor Vasant Natarajan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and was founded by an experienced team with an extensive background in research, innovation and in building successful companies.
Vasant Natarajan is a Professor at the Department of Physics of the Indian Institute of Science since 1996. He earned his BTech in Electronics from IIT Madras, his MS from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed his PhD in Physics at MIT with a Nobel-prize winning group. He then worked at AT&T Bell Labs before joining the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. His research interests include optics, lasers, and the use of light-matter interactions to understand the fundamental laws of physics. Vasant has always been a hands-on researcher interested in developing technologies relevant to Indian markets. This solar energy venture is a natural culmination of years of thinking and investigation.
Vijay Sundaram has spent almost two decades managing and building companies and products. He co-founded Zad Mobile, a company that, in its second year, was selected as Best in Mobile Advertising at the GSM Mobile Asia Congress in 2007. Before this, he started GT Nexus in 1999 as a global trade finance and logistics portal that today is a market leader serving thousands of customers in dozens of countries. Earlier, he was a strategy consultant with Marakon Associates in the US and Europe where he worked in consumer products, financial services and other industries. Vijay started his career with Apollo Computer and Hewlett-Packard in software engineering. Vijay has a BTech from IIT Madras, an MS in CS from New York University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Tony G. Thomas brings more than 18 years of experience as an engineer and entrepreneur. He started his career at AT&T Bell Labs in New Jersey. Tony was founder and CEO of AdventNet, Inc., a successful maker of numerous network management software products, and more recently the Zoho line of cloud computing applications. Tony later founded a Web 2.0 data integration company that created innovative technology for mashups and RSS integration, and was acquired by vtiger, an open source CRM software company. Tony is also an angel investor and adviser to multiple technology companies. Tony has a BTech from IIT Madras and a PhD in EE from Johns Hopkins University.
The current members of the product development team led by Santosh Hugar (email) are: