• Alumni of three SanDisk-supported MIT high school programs – Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES), Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT), and MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) – and recipients of undergraduate SanDisk scholarships joined SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra (center left), SanDisk Senior Vice President Manish Bhatia (center right), and other leaders from SanDisk for a lunch at the Boston Marriott Cambridge on Sept. 19.

    Alumni of three SanDisk-supported MIT high school programs – Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES), Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT), and MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) – and recipients of undergraduate SanDisk scholarships joined SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra (center left), SanDisk Senior Vice President Manish Bhatia (center right), and other leaders from SanDisk for a lunch at the Boston Marriott Cambridge on Sept. 19.

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  • MIT senior Michael Rodriguez, a 2010 MITES alumnus and senior in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, shows a project to Mehrotra. Asked if engineers can become CEOs, Mehrotra told Rodriguez, “I believe engineers make the best CEOs, particularly in technology, because they understand the challenges of driving innovation.”

    MIT senior Michael Rodriguez, a 2010 MITES alumnus and senior in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, shows a project to Mehrotra. Asked if engineers can become CEOs, Mehrotra told Rodriguez, “I believe engineers make the best CEOs, particularly in technology, because they understand the challenges of driving innovation.”

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  • SanDisk Senior Vice President Gursharan Singh shakes hands with MIT freshman Kayla Tabb, a 2013 alumna of E2@MIT. SanDisk leaders traveled to the event from across the globe; Singh’s manufacturing and supply-chain operations role is based in India.

    SanDisk Senior Vice President Gursharan Singh shakes hands with MIT freshman Kayla Tabb, a 2013 alumna of E2@MIT. SanDisk leaders traveled to the event from across the globe; Singh’s manufacturing and supply-chain operations role is based in India.

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  • “Hearing about what each one of you are doing is just mind-boggling,” Mehrotra told the MIT students in attendance.

    “Hearing about what each one of you are doing is just mind-boggling,” Mehrotra told the MIT students in attendance.

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  • MIT freshmen Omar Gonzalez and Chantal Acacio, both 2013 alumni of E2@MIT, chat with Mehrotra.

    MIT freshmen Omar Gonzalez and Chantal Acacio, both 2013 alumni of E2@MIT, chat with Mehrotra.

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Lunch with SanDisk CEO celebrates MIT high-school programs, undergraduate scholarships

Alumni of three SanDisk-supported MIT high school programs – Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES), Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT), and MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) – and recipients of undergraduate SanDisk scholarships joined SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra (center left), SanDisk Senior Vice President Manish Bhatia (center right), and other leaders from SanDisk for a lunch at the Boston Marriott Cambridge on Sept. 19.


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Leaders from the SanDisk Corporation joined MIT students and staff on Sept. 19 at the Boston Marriott Cambridge for a lunch that acknowledged undergraduates who have benefitted from SanDisk-supported high-school programs and undergraduate scholarships.

“MIT is a special place for SanDisk,” said SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, who praised the Institute’s research, international programs, and focus on interdisciplinary education. “MIT is among the very best when it comes to the technology and engineering engagement that it provides to students.”

Part of the lunch celebrated SanDisk’s support of MIT’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education outreach at the high-school level. Over the past two years, SanDisk has sponsored dozens of students in MIT engineering enrichment programs for rising high-school seniors from across the country. Those programs – Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES), Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT), and MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) – primarily serve students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds.

The lunch also highlighted SanDisk’s support of MIT at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As part of the SanDisk Scholars Program, the company has sponsored scholarships for undergraduate students in each grade level for the past three years. SanDisk also partners with the VI-A M.Eng. Thesis Program – a five-year program in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that matches students with industry internships and awards them bachelor’s and master’s degrees – as well as the Leaders for Global Operations program, a dual-degree program in engineering and management innovation run by the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management.

The SanDisk executive team members at the lunch – five of whom are MIT alumni – discussed other ways the company may look to support MIT’s preparation of engineering leaders in the future. SanDisk Senior Vice President Manish Bhatia ’93, SM ’99, MBA ’99 said the company is looking into sponsoring undergraduate research.

“One of the best things about MIT is that there’s no way for you to get an engineering degree here without doing research,” Bhatia said. “It’s a fundamental part of being an engineer in the real world, and it’s one of the things that separate MIT engineers."

During the lunch, MIT students and leadership from SanDisk had an opportunity to learn about each other’s work. “Hearing about what each one of you is doing is just mind-boggling,” Mehrotra said. “We are so proud to be sponsoring the SanDisk Scholars as well as the MITES, E2@MIT, and MOSTEC programs.”

Many SanDisk leaders spoke before the full group, covering topics ranging from advances in flash memory technology to career opportunities at SanDisk to the importance of networking.

“You are the future leaders,” said James Goldsberry, senior director of engineering for SanDisk at the company’s new location in Marlborough, Mass. “Carry the network you have here throughout your whole life, because these will be the future leaders of your sister companies. You’re going to lean on them as you proceed in your career.”

An outpouring of thanks concluded the event. “Programs like ours wouldn’t happen without sponsors and supporters like SanDisk,” said Shawna Young, executive director of the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, which runs MITES, E2@MIT, and MOSTEC. “SanDisk is making a tremendous impact on the next generation of scientists and engineers.”


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