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High tech future for the Inland Empire is topic of UCR speech


High tech future for the Inland Empire is topic of UCR speech

(March 21, 2001)

The chief executive officer of Tata Consultancy Services, S. Ramadorai, will give a free public talk about the prospects for a high-tech future in Riverside and San Bernardino counties at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Bourns A265, at the University of California, Riverside.

The speech is sponsored by UCR in collaboration with Silicon Mission, a newly organized group of opinion leaders who share ideas and strategies for promoting a high-tech future in Riverside. This is the first "Distinguished Lecture" presented by UCR and Silicon Mission.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Asia's largest independent software company, is part of the Tata Group of companies, one of India's largest and most respected industrial groups. Headquartered in Mumbai, India, TCS employs more over 15,000 consultants in over 75 offices worldwide, including one in Riverside. TCS was the first Indian company to establish an office in Silicon Valley.

TCS clients include General Electric, HP, American Express, Nortel Networks and Qwest Communications. The valuable North American market today provides TCS with more than half of its revenues of over $480 million. The company has funded research at several universities, including UCR's Bourns College of Engineering.

Ramadorai, who started as a computer programmer and rose through the ranks of his company, will give a talk entitled, "Challenges in Creating a High Tech Future."

Satish Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering and a member of the Silicon Mission group, said Ramadorai will bring valuable insights into the synergies that contributed to the evolution of the Internet economy.

"I am looking forward to hearing his ideas for how we can attract more high tech businesses into regions like Riverside and the Inland Empire," Tripathi said.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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