IIT Bombay was pleased to welcome back and play host to one of its key distinguished alumnus, Dr. Ajei Gopal (C' 82, B.Tech, ME, H5) who took over as the President & CEO of ANSYS, Inc. this year, on 28th August.
He spoke to students and alumni about his journey – from the hallowed corridors of IITB to heading a global multi-billion dollar company. In an intriguing address, Mr Ajei Gopal spoke about his reasons to pursue engineering and his love for trekking during his stay at IIT Bombay. He shared a lot of experiences from his life in an inspiring yet personal talk in a hall packed to the brim. He stressed on being pragmatic and shared his views on the market and startup ventures. His talk thus ranged from his very early days at IIT Bombay to his days at Cornell and later his experience of the real world. This was followed by a Q&A session.
Prior to ANSYS, Dr. Gopal has been in leadership roles in companies including Symantec Hewlett Packard, CA Technologies, IBM, and also has startup experience, having co-founded ReefEdge Networks. He joined Silver Lake in April 2013 as an operating partner. He has held leadership roles in many organizations with a proven track record in software strategy, engineering, product management and development. He is the author of 23 US patents and numerous publications. Dr. Gopal also holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.