Sunday, October 1, 2006

SDM graduate receives McGovern Award for Entrepreneurship

Vineet Thuvara, who graduated from the System Design and Management program in June 2006, is the first SDM graduate to win the prestigious Patrick J. McGovern, Jr., '59 Entrepreneurship Award. The award is presented annually to an individual student or student team that has made a significant impact on the quality, visibility, and overall spirit of entrepreneurship education and support across the Institute.

The award letter specifically cited Thuvara’s "amazing support" for the classes in which he was a TA, as well as his willingness to help at the MIT Entrepreneurship Center with associated projects, student organizations and individual initiatives. For example, as a teaching assistant for a course entitled "Corporations at the Crossroads – The CEO Perspective," Thuvara was instrumental in convincing some of America's most successful CEOs to speak to his class. They included: Bob Pozen, Chairman, MFS Investments; Larry Haverty, Associate Portfolio Manager, Gabelli Global Multimedia Trust and Former Managing Director, State Street Research; James Owens, President and CEO, Caterpillar; Brian Walker, President and CEO, Herman Miller; Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman, General Motors; Strauss Zelnick, President & CEO, Zelnickmedia; Michelle Peluso, President and CEO, Travelocity; Brian Fetherstonhaugh, CEO, Ogilvy One; Joe Tucci, President and CEO, EMC; Gary Kelly, President and CEO, South West Airlines; Jim Tobin, President and CEO, Boston Scientific.

He was also successful in convincing each one of them to stay for dinner with the students and agreed to set up connections for students to discuss their internship and job interests with their companies.

Thuvara holds a master's degree in Industrial Design from Indian Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was named "Best Incoming Student for 1995" at IIT Delhi, and recipient of the "1996 Arpan Bannerjee Memorial Award for Outstanding contribution to the culture of IIT Delhi."

Thuvara is now working at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington, as a Product Manager in the Windows Servers and Tools Division under the auspices of the Marketing Leadership Program. His responsibilities include developing mission-critical value proposition strategies and execution of go-to-market strategies.

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