1978 - B.Tech - Electrical Engineering Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery @ Loma Linda University
Dr. Venkatraman Sadanand obtained his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1978. He then completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics at the California Institute of Technology, obtaining his doctorate in 1983. He was an accomplished Professor of Economics for more than a decade, with a keen involvement in research and education. He received a number of awards for teaching, and published extensively in the area of Game Theory and Economic Competition in leading Economics journals including the Journal of Economic Theory.
Driven by his deep-seated desire to serve others in a direct capacity, Dr. Sadanand threw himself fully into medical studies and completed the M.D. program at the University of Toronto, chose the field of Neurosurgery, and then went on to subspecialize in the discipline of Pediatric Neurosurgery and epilepsy. He continues to teach and perform surgeries at hospitals in Canada, India and USA, while grooming the next generation of neurosurgeons. Currently, his research focus is in the areas of Brain-Computer Interface, Biology of Brain Tumors, Brain Plasticity, Signal Processing to develop a 3-D map of the brain, and Health Economics. He has also been an innovator in the development of new surgical techniques, especially in the surgical and post-surgical treatment of epilepsy. As an entrepreneur, Professor Sadanand is also the Founding Chairman of the Board and CEO of HouseCallsNow Inc.
Besides his clinical, teaching and research work, Dr. Sadanand devotes time and energy to humanitarian services rendered through several organizations, providing free healthcare in many parts of the world by conducting free medical camps and free surgeries. He advocates free healthcare through his blog www.idealhealthcare.net.
In recognition of Dr. Sadanand’s remarkable success in the engineering and medical professions, and his contributions in the service of his fellow humans, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer him this award.