Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India is responsible for Microsoft's marketing, operational and business development efforts in the country. Prior to joining Microsoft, Venkatesan worked for over seventeen years with Cummins Inc, a US-based designer, manufacturer and distributor of engines and related technologies. He served in various leadership capacities at Cummins including Chairman of Cummins India Limited and Managing Director of Tata Cummins Limited, a joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Tata Motors. Venkatesan has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1985), an MS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University (1987) and a MBA from Harvard University (1992) where he was a Baker Scholar. Venkatesan was awarded Purdue University's Outstanding Industrial Engineer award for the year 2000 and the Distinguished Alumnus award by the Indian Institute of Technology in 2003. "I readily acknowledge that Industrial Engineering provided the launching pad for my accomplishments in the business world. IE's interdisciplinary content, rigorous program, excellent faculty, emphasis on applied research provided an encouraging environment for me to pursue with self confidence my ideas and dreams - to do what I've been able to do."