Indian American engineers launch innovation hub

Launched in partnership with leading US and Indian agencies, hub aims to commercialize key technologies

The American Association of Engineers of India Origin (AAEIO) has launched the AAEIO Innovation Hub to commercialize key technologies available with leading agencies of the two countries.

Launched in partnership with Indian and US governments and leading institutions like Purdue University, Northwestern University among others, the hub was inaugurated at an AAEIO holiday party in Chicago on Dec 19.

US Rep Bill Foster representing Illinois’ 11th District in the House, along with AAEIO President Gladson Varghese, President-Elect Ajit Pant, and Vice President Nitin Maheshwari and other board members inaugurated the AAEIO Innovation Hub.

Read: Infosys to establish innovation hub and create 1,000 jobs in Hartford, Connecticut (March 15, 2018)

Noting that US space agency NASA has over 16,000 technologies that need to be commercialized, Dr. Deepak Vyas, CEO Redberri Group, spoke about how the AAEIO platform can drive innovation.

As part of the innovation center, AAEIO will set up a fund where state and other grants can be used in conjunction with AAEIO’s startup, corporate and regular members can use these funds on a select technologies.

Dr. Promod Vohra, former Engineering Dean of Northern Illinois University and current president of ProBys, spoke on the need for engineers to work together to solve current challenges. Vohra said he will urge AAEIO board to further its mission to engage, innovate, and educate engineers of Indian origin.

Gladson Varghese and Ajit Pant thanked all members for becoming part of AAEIO. They also informed how AAEIO quickly became a major force in the last four months since its inaugural event on Sept 26.

Varghese said he is very excited about the future and would like AAEIO to have more than 10,000 members in the next 10 years, driving innovation. AAEIO has also partnered with Pan IIT Midwest Groups to bring joint programming to both association members.

Ray Mehra, president, Pan-IIT Midwest group called for increased partnership between the two groups to solve some of the challenges that engineers, and larger communities face and bring both communities together.

Nag Jaiswal, chair of membership, asked all present to work together to bring more members to help with AAEIO’s mission.

As part of a recent partnership with the Indian Consulate AAEIO is working with the consulate to reach out to all Indian student associations and its engineering community, he said.

All student members will get complimentary membership. To become a member, those interested may write to or visit

Nitin Maheshwari, vice president, talked about future AAEIO plans for the year 2021 including a job fair on March 9.

Read: The American Association of Engineers of India Origin’s Innovation Hub Inaugurated (December 28, 2021)

A Spring startup event will bring all startups in the Chicago area to come together along with CEOs, venture capitalists, and mentors to help startups learn. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been invited to this meeting.

Starting January 2022, AAEIO will organize a bimonthly breakfast event with key speakers/guests on key topics such as crypto technologies, digital transformation.

One Comment

  1. Ghandi Bapoo

    Indai innovations is eat bhajjia all day, then smelly loud FART at nights!! Beta has no bheja, only copy/paste man. So how he shall innovane, mummy ka laadla?!! India peoples only good for IRS scam, fake degree, bogus visa and more chutiya banao of everybody in America bhenchodd

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