Ravindra K. Ahuja
Dr. Ravindra K. Ahuja is an Indian-born American computer scientist and entrepreneur, he is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville, CEO of the automation and optimization solutions provider Optym, which he founded in 2000 as Innovative Scheduling, Inc. Ahuja specializes in mathematical modeling, state-of-the-art network optimization techniques and solving large-scale scheduling problems arising in logistics and transportation, he has developed models and algorithms for scheduling and logistics problems in airline and railroad industries worldwide. Many of these industry-specific problems were considered intractable. Ahuja’s optimization solutions are implemented by Optym’s advanced decision support systems. Ahuja has provided scholarly contributions to the theory and applications of network optimization, he co-authored more than 100 research papers and book chapters in the areas of Industrial Engineering, Operations Research and Computer Science.
He co-authored three textbooks and served as Associate Editor of three journals: Operations Research, Transportation Science and Networks. Dr. Ravindra K. Ahuja was born in Uttar Pradesh, India. In 1972, Ahuja entered the Indian Institute of Kanpur, to study mechanical engineering, he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1977 and continued his education as a graduate student at his alma mater. Between 1977 and 1979, he studied maximal arc-disjoint and node-disjoint flow in multicommodity networks and earned a Master of Science in Industrial & Management Engineering. In 1982, he earned a Ph. D. in Industrial & Management Engineering for his work on the role of parametric programming in network flow problems. Ahuja has held positions at several prestigious universities, including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management as Visiting Professor from 1986 to 1998, at the Rutgers University School of Management as Visiting Professor from 1996 to 1997 and at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in India as a faculty member from 1982 to 1996.
Since 1998, Ahuja has served as Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Throughout his academic career, Ahuja mentored several doctoral students and taught graduate and undergraduate courses, including Operations Research for Management, Introduction to Management Science, Introduction to Computing and Programming Languages, Network Flow Algorithms, Network Optimization, Combinatorial Optimization, Database Management Systems, Design of Production Systems and Operations Management. Ahuja has contributed to the theory and applications of network optimization and specializes in network flows and network flow modeling. Ahuja is a specialist in the domains of airline network planning, railroad planning and scheduling, less-than-truckload optimization and delivery, network optimization, supply chain management and the modeling and optimization of large-scale logistics problems, he co-authored more than 100 research papers and book chapters in prestigious, peer-reviewed research journals.
Ahuja founded the SCaLE Center at the University of Florida, which encourages joint research and applied projects among faculty from Engineering, Computer Science and Business Administration in conjunction with industry participants. While conducting research for transportation and logistics companies, Ahuja discovered a large discrepancy between academic theory and prevailing industry practices, he observed that advances taking place in optimization and computer science were not benefitting the transportation and logistics industry, which continued to use rudimentary techniques. Determined to change that, Ahuja founded Innovative Scheduling, Inc. in 2000, which changed its name to Optym in 2014, to bring the latest advances from academic theory into the business world. Over the years, Ahuja has played a key role in Optym’s evolution from a local start-up to a global provider of ground-breaking decision automation and optimization solutions in the fields of transportation and logistics; as Founder & CEO of Optym, he is a hands-on innovator and leader who works with colleagues to solve business problems, design algorithms and create effective user interfaces.
He performs consulting work and oversees new product development, partnership opportunities and business development initiatives. Ahuja co-authored three books: “Network Flows: Theory and Applications”, first published in 1993; the textbook “Network Flows: Theory and Applications” has sold more than 20,000 copies. 1993: Frederick W. Lanchester Prize for best publication of the year in Operations Research and Management Science, INFORMS, “Network Flows: Theory and Applications” 2003: Pierskalla Award for best paper in Health Applications of Operations Research, INFORMS, “A Column Generation Approach to Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning using Aperture Modulation” 2006: Daniel H. Wagner Award for Excellence in Operations Research Practice, INFORMS, “Solving Real-Life Railroad Blocking Problems” 2007: Koopman Prize for outstanding contribution to Military Operations Research, INFORMS, “Exact and Heuristic Algorithms for the Weapon-Target Assignment Problem” 2007: Finalist for the Innovations in Curriculum Award for his role in developing curriculum that would integrate information technology skills within the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research curriculum, Institute of Industrial Engineers 2008: INFO
Neha Ahuja is an Indian alpine skier who represented India in the 2006 Winter Olympics held in Torino, Italy. Ahuja was the flag bearer in the opening and closing ceremonies, she is the first Indian woman to have qualified for the Winter Olympics. Ahuja was one of the four Indians competing at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, her sister Shefali Ahuja represented India in the 3rd Winter Asian games held in China. Ahuja placed 54th. Indian Winter Olympic Alpine Skiing Results from 1964 to 2006 Tahoe.com news story
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public research university in Illinois and the flagship institution of the University of Illinois System. Founded in 1867 as a land-grant institution, its campus is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana; the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified as a R1 Doctoral Research University under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which denotes the highest research activity. In fiscal year 2017, research expenditures at Illinois totaled $642 million; the campus library system possesses the second-largest university library in the United States by holdings after Harvard University. The university hosts the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and is home to the fastest supercomputer on a university campus; the university contains 16 schools and colleges and offers more than 150 undergraduate and over 100 graduate programs of study.
The university holds 651 buildings on 6,370 acres and its annual operating budget in 2016 was over $2 billion. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign operates a Research Park home to innovation centers for over 90 start-up companies and multinational corporations, including Abbott, AbbVie, Capital One, State Farm, Yahoo, among others; as of October 2018, 30 Nobel laureates, 2 Turing Award winners, 1 Fields medalist have been affiliated with the university as alumni, faculty members, or researchers. The University of Illinois named "Illinois Industrial University", was one of the 37 universities created under the first Morrill Land-Grant Act, which provided public land for the creation of agricultural and industrial colleges and universities across the United States. Among several cities, Urbana was selected in 1867 as the site for the new school. From the beginning, President John Milton Gregory's desire to establish an institution grounded in the liberal arts tradition was at odds with many state residents and lawmakers who wanted the university to offer classes based around "industrial education".
The university opened for classes on March 2, 1868, had two faculty members and 77 students. The Library, which opened with the school in 1868, started with 1,039 volumes. Subsequently, President Edmund J. James, in a speech to the board of trustees in 1912, proposed to create a research library, it is now one of the world's largest public academic collections. In 1870, the Mumford House was constructed as a model farmhouse for the school's experimental farm; the Mumford House remains the oldest structure on campus. The original University Hall was the fourth building built. In 1885, the Illinois Industrial University changed its name to the "University of Illinois", reflecting its agricultural and liberal arts curriculum. During his presidency, Edmund J. James is credited for building the foundation for the large Chinese international student population on campus. James established ties with China through the Chinese Minister to the United States Wu Ting-Fang. In addition, during James's presidency, class rivalries and Bob Zuppke's winning football teams contributed to campus morale.
Alma Mater, a prominent statue on campus created by alumnus Lorado Taft, was unveiled on June 11, 1929. It was established from donations by the Alumni Fund and the classes of 1923–1929. Like many Universities, the economic depression slowed expansion on the campus; the university replaced the original university hall with the Illini Union. After World War II, the university experienced rapid growth; the enrollment doubled and the academic standing improved. This period was marked by large growth in the Graduate College and increased federal support of scientific and technological research. During the 1950s and 1960s the university experienced the turmoil common on many American campuses. Among these were the water fights of the fifties and sixties. By 1967 the University of Illinois system consisted of a main campus in Champaign-Urbana and two Chicago campuses, Chicago Circle and Medical Center, people began using "Urbana–Champaign" or the reverse to refer to the main campus specifically; the university name changed to the "University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign" around 1982, using the reverse of the used designation for the metropolitan area, "Champaign-Urbana".
The name change established a separate identity for the main campus within the University of Illinois system, which today includes campuses in Springfield and Chicago. In 1998, the Hallene Gateway Plaza was dedicated; the Plaza features the original sandstone portal of University Hall, the fourth building on campus. In recent years, state support has declined from 4.5% of the state's tax appropriations in 1980 to 2.28% in 2011, a nearly 50% decline. As a result, the university's budget has shifted away from relying on state support with nearly 84% of the budget now coming from other sources. On March 12, 2015, the Board of Trustees approved the creation of a medical school, being the first college created at Urbana–Champaign in over 60 years; the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine began classes in 2018. The main research and academic facilities are divided evenly between the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign, which form part of the Champaign–Urbana metropolitan area; the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences' research fields stretch south from Urbana and Champaign into Savoy and Champaign County.
Shiney Ahuja is an Indian actor who won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2003 and followed with several hit films like Gangster, Life in a Metro, Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Shiney Ahuja was born in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, to Col. Suraj Prakash Ahuja, an officer of the Indian Army, his wife Seema Ahuja, he has an elder sister, settled in Texas. Ahuja studied at numerous army schools across the country, wherever his father was posted, including several years at St. Xavier's School and Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. A quintessential sportsman, Ahuja was adjudged the ‘Best Sports Boy’ in school and was elected the Sports Captain at APS, he excelled in football and cricket. In particular, he was fond of cricket and took coaching classes from Mr. Gursharan Singh at the National Stadium, New Delhi. During this time he discovered an strong passion in Theatre and in Sports, it was this passion that would win him admission to Hansraj College, Delhi University, through the dramatics quota, he completed his engineering from RV College of Engineering Bengaluru.
After a series of auditions, Shiney was among the three. While in college, Shiney began to pursue acting seriously, he attended several acting workshops held at the National School of New Delhi. He joined the theatre group'Tag' where he met Barry John. Shortly thereafter, he joined Barry John’s Acting School in Delhi. After completing college, Shiney secured his first commercial ad for Pepsi; this brought him into consideration by the top ad agencies. Flooded with offers, Ahuja worked in over 40 ad films including Cadburys and Citibank, he featured in the music video ‘Pyar ho Gaya’ for the British-Asian band "Stereo Nation." In the same year, Sudhir Mishra was auditioning for a film by Pritish Nandy Communications, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Sudhir saw Shiney in the Pepsi commercial and called him to audition for Kay Kay’s character – Sidharth Tyabji. Upon Shiney’s request, Mishra auditioned him for the role of Vikram Malhotra. Shiney was selected from over 200 aspirants for the role of Vikram Malhotra and made his acting debut in the Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi.
The film went on to win critical acclaim, was screened at as many as 12 film festivals over 6 months. These included film festivals at Turkey, River to River, Edinburgh, Dallas, Bite The Mango festival, the Commonwealth festival, the Pacific Rim festival; the film was released commercially in 2005 with minimal publicity but a national footprint across India. Ahuja swept away several best actor awards given for the year. Thereafter, he played the lead role in Mahesh Bhatt's Gangster, a popular commercial movie genre and Woh Lamhe opposite Kangana Ranaut. Other films followed including Life in Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Two of his films, Ek Accident with co-star Soha Ali Khan and Har Pal with Preity Zinta are yet to be released. Due to the rape controversy he disappeared from the Bollywood industry, he was seen in the horror Ghost, a flop at the box office. After three years he came in a cameo appearance in Welcome Back alongside John Abraham and Anil Kapoor. In June 2009, Ahuja was accused by his maid; some news outlets reported that he had admitted to having consensual sex with the maid but he has denied it.
In court, the maid retracted the charge she had laid against him and stated that the act of sex had been consensual. However, the trial court judge refused to accept the retraction and convicted Ahuja based on circumstantial evidence. In 2011, Ahuja was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment. Ahuja filed an appeal against his conviction in the Bombay High Court; the court stayed his sentence. Several hearings have been held and the case is pending. Meanwhile, the maid has been prosecuted for perjury, he was acquitted of charges of wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation and released on bail by the Bombay High Court. The case stands closed as of now. In 2015, Shiney was cast in Anees Bazmee's Welcome Back co-starring John Abraham, Shruti Hassan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Nasseruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Paresh Rawal. Shiny Ahuja on IMDb
Kiran Ahuja is the Chief of Staff at the U. S. Office of Personnel Management, she assumed that position after serving for six years as the director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. An India-born American, she has been a lawyer with the United States Department of Justice and a founding director of a non-profit, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Ahuja was raised in Savannah and she and her family were immigrants from India, she started college at Emory University, but transferred to Spelman College and went on to the University of Georgia School of Law, earning her J. D. degree in 1998. After school, she went to work for the Department of Justice, where she hoped to do civil rights work for the United States. Ahuja recalls that she found the pace of the DOJ to be too slow for her and left to create change through non-profit work. Ahuja was the founding executive director of the National Asian Pacific Women's Forum, she worked there from 2003 to 2008, during which time she turned the NAPAWF from a volunteer organization, to one with paid staff.
Ahuja was appointed as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on December 14, 2009. In this capacity, she has continued to work towards helping Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders access services from the United States federal government, her work has included increasing health care for AAPI and inter-agency cooperation between WHIAAPI and the Environmental Protection Agency to "address exposure to health toxins by nail salon workers," many of whom are Asian American. Other initiatives have been public to private, such as translating essential information about the Gulf Oil Spill for AAPI individuals still struggling with understanding English. Ahuja has shared her own experiences, helping to "destigmatize depression and suicide when she opened up about her brother's suicide." Reappropriate stated that it was an important step towards ending "the stigma against mental illness among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. On June 6, 2014, Kiran Ahuja, as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, honored Yuri Kochiyama, on the White House website for dedicating "her life to the pursuit of social justice, not only for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, but all communities of color."She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Kiran Ahuja on Debunking the Model Minority Myth for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja, VrC was a fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force, killed by the Pakistani military in the 1999 Kargil War in Kashmir. His death was the cause of the most angry public conflagration between India and Pakistan at the time. Ajay Ahuja was born in Rajasthan, he did his schooling from Saint Paul's Senior Secondary School, Mala Road Kota, a renowned missionary school for boys. He graduated from the National Defense Academy and was commissioned a fighter pilot on 14 June 1985 in the IAF; as a fighter pilot he toured on the MiG-23 fighter-bomber and MiG-21 variants, as well as instructional flying experience of over 1,000 hours spent teaching ab-initio pilots. Squadron Leader Ahuja was posted to the Killi Bhisiana Airbase at Bhatinda, India in 1997, he had only just become the Flight Commander of Squadron No.17 Golden Arrows, when the Kargil War broke out in May–June 1999. On 27 May 1999, as part of Operation Safed Sagar in Kargil, a photo reconnaissance mission was launched over the Indian side of the line of control in Kashmir.
A member of the mission, Flt Lt Nachiketa ejected from his MiG-27L after an engine flame out. Sqn Ldr Ahuja stayed over enemy positions to help the rescue attempts knowing full well the existence of enemy surface-to-air missiles in the area. However, his MiG-21MF fighter, C-1539, was hit by a shoulder-fired FIM-92 Stinger. Ahuja gave a radio call – "Hercules, something has hit my plane, possibility of missile hit cannot be ruled out, I am ejecting over....". IAF authorities lost track of all communication shortly afterward. According to the data released by the Indian Air Force, Ahuja's aircraft had been within the Indian side of the Line of Control, a ceasefire line and pseudo-border agreed upon by India and Pakistan in the early 1970s to maintain status quo in Kashmir. A post-mortem examination conducted at the Srinagar Base Hospital claimed that Ahuja had landed safely after ejecting from his plane, but had been killed by Pakistani soldiers; the post-mortem report of Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja spoke of three grievous wounds: There is a penetrating gunshot wound.
Gunshot wound: entry 2 cm medial to right nipple, exit near left iliac crest damaging internal viscera like liver and peritonium. Compound comminuted fracture left knee. Suffered multiple punctured wounds over left and right thighs, rupture of right lung, injury to neck vessels, small intestine and left liver, it was reported that the left knee fracture was sustained when he parachuted down, but the gunshots show that he landed alive and was shot. And his death was called as a cold blooded murder. On 15 June 1999 The Deputy high commissioner of the Pakistani Embassy in New Delhi was summoned and a notice for the breach of Geneva conventions was submitted for the torture and killing of the prisoners of War during the Kargil War; the Government of India lodged a protest with Pakistan's ambassador, accusing the Pakistani paramilitary forces of having fired at Ajay while still descending in his parachute. Pakistani authorities denied the accusations and suggested Ahuja was killed due to accidental injuries during the ejection or landing.
No further investigations were carried out by either government nor impartial, outside entities and the case remains unresolved. On 29 May 1999, Ahuja's body was flown to the local Air Force station from Srinagar by an Indian Air Force plane. Angry public demonstrations broke out there, at his cremation, near the Pakistani embassy in Delhi. Ahuja remains a great hero for Indians, his widow and family are honoured guests at patriotic public events and official ceremonies; the family received much support from Government authorities and Indian political leaders, as well as emotional and financial support from people across India. A statue of Ahuja was installed at the nearby crossing on the Bhatinda-Muktsar road. On 15 August 1999, India's 52nd anniversary of Independence, Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja was posthumously awarded the Vir Chakra, one of India's highest gallantry honours for military personnel. Kargil War Military of India Notes
Govind Ahuja, known mononymously as Govinda, is an Indian film actor and former politician known for his work in Hindi films. Known for his dancing skills, Govinda has received twelve Filmfare Award nominations, a Filmfare Special Award, a Filmfare Award for Best Comedian, four Zee Cine Awards; the actor was a member of the Parliament of India from 2004 to 2009. Govinda's first film was 1986's Ilzaam, he has appeared in over 165 Hindi films. In June 1999, he was voted the tenth-greatest star of screen in a BBC News Online poll. During the 1980s, Govinda acted in family, action and romantic films, he started out as an action and dancing hero in the 80s and reinvented himself as a comedy hero in the 90s. His earlier box-office hits include Love 86", "Ilzaam", "Hatya", "Radha Ka Sangam", "Hum", Jaan Se Pyaara, Dulaara and Andolan, he was recognised in the decade as a comic actor after playing a mischievous young NCC cadet in the 1992 romance Shola Aur Shabnam. Govinda had lead roles in several commercially successful comedy films, including Aankhen, Raja Babu, Coolie No.
1, Hero No. 1, Deewana Mastana, Dulhe Raja, "Aunty No. 1", "Naseeb",Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Anari No.1 and Jodi No. 1. He received a Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Haseena Maan Jayegi and a Filmfare Special Award for Saajan Chale Sasural, he played six roles in Hadh Kar Di Aapne: Raju and his mother, sister and grandfather. After a number of box office flops in the 2000s, his commercial successes included Bhagam Bhag and Partner. In 2015 Govinda became a judge on Zee TV's dance-contest program, Dance India Dance Super Mom Season 2; the show received the highest TRP of any reality-show opening episode. Govinda was elected the seventh member of parliament for the Mumbai North constituency of Maharashtra, India in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004, defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Govinda known as "Chichi Bhaiya", was born on 21 December, 1963 to former actor Aroon alias Arun Kumar Ahuja and singer-actress Nirmala Devi into a family with Punjabi and Sindhi roots, they were kshatriyas from the Hayhay vansha which became known as the Arod vansha.
Govinda's mother, who came from the Gahrwar Rajput family, hailed from Uttar Pradesh. Aroon came to Mumbai from Gujranwala, now in Pakistan, he is best known for Mehboob Khan's Aurat. Aroon's professional career as an actor lasted for ten years, from 1937 to 1947. In these years, he worked as a hero in 30 films, he produced one unsuccessful film. The family, living in a bungalow on Mumbai's Carter Road, moved to Virar—a northern Mumbai suburb—where Govinda was born; the youngest of six children, he was given the pet name "Chi Chi", meaning "little finger" in Punjabi. After Govinda received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Vartak College, his father suggested a career in films. Around this time, Govinda saw the film Disco Dancer, he was offered jobs in an Allwyn ad. His first lead role was in Tan-Badan opposite Kushboo, directed by his uncle Anand. Govinda began shooting for his next film, Love 86, in June 1985, his first release was Ilzaam, a box office success, soon followed by another hit Love 86 that same year.
He went on to star in many films of various genres between 1987 and 1989 including the family dramas Khudgarz, Dariya Dil, Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani and action and drama films including Hatya, Marte Dam Tak, Jeete Hain Shaan Se and Jung Baaz. Govinda worked with David Dhawan for the first time in the 1989 action film Taaqatwar and worked with Rajinikanth and Sridevi in Gair Kanooni that same year. In 1990, Govinda starred with Anil Kapoor and Meenakshi Sheshadri. Swarg and Maha Sangram co-starring Vinod Khanna, Aditya Pancholi and Madhuri Dixit were successful. In 1991, he appeared alongside Amitabh Rajnikant in the hit film Hum. In 1992 he appeared in Zulm Ki Hukumat, an Indian version of The Godfather, David Dhawan's Shola Aur Shabnam, his successful collaboration with Dhawan continued with Aankhen, the highest-grossing film of 1993. He and Dhawan would make several successful comedy films which included: Coolie No. 1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Banarasi Babu, Deewana Mastana, Hero No. 1, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan and Haseena Maan Jaayegi.
The actor sang in some of his films: "Meri Pant Bhi Sexy" in Dulaara and "Gori Gori" in Shola Aur Shabnam. Dhawan and other directors cast him with actresses such as Karishma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Raveena Tandon during this decade. Govinda's career had a setback during the early 2000s after a series of commercially unsuccessful films, his hits included Kunwara, Hadh Kar Di Aapne, Jodi No.1, Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah. Although the actor was nominated for Filmfare Awards for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Kunwara, Jodi No.1, Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta and Akhiyon Se Goli Maare, since 2002 most of his films have been unsuccessful at the box office, he played a villain for the first time in his career in Shikari. Although the movie was not a commercial success, Govinda's convincing portrayal of a sociopathic murderer was critically acclaimed, he turned down roles in Taal, Gadar: Ek Prem Devdas, all of which were successful. Govinda joined the Indian National Congress.
He won a seat in Parliament from Mumbai North by defeating five-time MP Ram Naik, a former Minister