Senior Research Fellow, Stanford University & Advisor, Committee for Cyber-, Infrastructure, National Science Foundation, USA
Inducted in: 2005
Neerja Raman, recognized author, inducted into the Hall of Fame, Women in Technology International, is an executive in research management and Senior Fellow at Stanford University. Her experience spans universities, startups and large corporations. Till February 2006, she was Director, Hewlett Packard (HP) Labs, responsible for strategic planning and innovation in the field of Imaging and Printing for HP's flagship products. At Stanford University, Neerja is researching business models and metrics for technology-based solutions in the interest of humanitarian, educational, and sustainable development goals. Her Stanford research has been published in conference proceeding and as chapter "Eco-Stacking: A Strategy for Success in Business and Social Agendas" in the 2007 book titled "Innovative Approaches to Reducing Global Poverty". Her technical expertise includes digital imaging, distributed systems design and architecture and multimedia. She is on the advisory committee for cyber-infrastructure for the National Science Foundation.
Neerja was the only woman on a board of twelve that reviewed higher level promotions on HP's Technical Career Path program. In recognition of her leadership and support for women in science, the independent WITI panel of judges wrote, "Neerja Raman's visionary and results-driven approach has created one of the most highly respected and motivated teams in HP's central research laboratory for the company's innovative camera and inkjet products. Her team is geographically dispersed, global, and a model of diversity." Under Neerja's leadership, her team garnered numerous patents for technologies that are in HP products directly contributing to business growth.
In addition to driving leading edge innovation in the field of Imaging Systems, Neerja has spearheaded industry transforming applications such as digital publishing. At HP Labs, her team developed prototypes and conducted studies to understand the beneficial effects of multimedia and internet technology in education. Neerja led HP's Art and Science initiative where imaging technology is applied to preservation and dissemination of art to enhance cross cultural understanding.
Neerja has experience in building partnerships between public and private sectors and setting policy. From 1997 to 2004 Neerja was the technical representative for Hewlett Packard in working with international corporations and multiple U.S. government agencies in designing programs and technologies to dissuade unethical applications of digital imaging such as currency counterfeiting.
Neerja's expertise includes defining research strategy, investments to drive business growth and people management. She has cultivated partnerships around the world and managed research teams across Europe, Asia and Latin America. She works equally well with businesses, academics and government officials to develop highly respected programs of global impact.
Neerja launched her career by merging her passion for two disciplines, Chemistry and Computer Science. At HP Scientific Instruments Division her team designed and developed the earliest software systems that enabled the growth of routine chemical analyses using GC, LC and Mass Spectrometry. Among other things, under her leadership, HP pioneered official drug testing at the Olympics.
Neerja champions the cause of women in technical careers through mentoring, talks and workshops. She has led corporate culture taskforces, was an official mentor for men and women at HP Labs and has developed and taught classes in technical management, leadership and self empowerment. Drawing on the traditional teachings of her upbringing in India and her experiences working as a manager of globally distributed teams, Neerja published a management guide called "The Practice and Philosophy of Decision Making: A Seven Step Spiritual Guide ." She was featured at the authors' expo "Books that Empower Women", at the WITI annual conference, 2004.
Neerja serves on the advisory board of Maitri, a women's self empowerment organization. She has also served as a board member of Indian Business and Professional women.
In 2006, Federation of Indo-Americans (FIA), Northern California, recognized Neerja with and Award of Distinction for outstanding citizenship and for her contributions to technology and the community.
Neerja is a graduate of the Executive Program at Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University. Neerja has a double Masters from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, New York and Delhi University. Neerja currently lives in California. She is working on her next book while continuing her career as social entrepreneur, coach, mentor and speaker.
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