Alumni in the Spotlight

Many VJTI-tes have been recognized for distinguished accomplishments in their respective fields. It is heartening and inspiring to know of their success, and share it with alumni. Congratulations to all of our path breakers! We would love to keep this section up to date. If you have significant updates to share about yourself or other international alumni, please email

The VJTI Alumni Association in India also has a list of Notable Alumni. Do check it out!

BE (Computers) '91

Kanaiya Vasani was honored by AsiaOne Magazine with the World's Greatest Leaders 2020-2021 award in Feb 2022.
Kanaiya is currently Executive Vice President - Products and Corporate Development at Infoblox, a leader in cloud-first networking and cybersecurity services. Kanaiya graduated from VJTI in 1991 with a BE in Computer Engineering. Subsequently he completed his Masters in Computer Science at University of Minnesota, Duluth, and MS in Technology Management at University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Kanaiya is Executive Vice President, Products and Corporate Development at Infoblox where he leads product management, product and technical marketing, corporate and business development. Prior to that he led executive roles at Juniper Networks and Terayon. Kanaiya lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BE (Computers) '91

Kashinath Katakdhond was recognized as one of India's 'Top 30 Blockchain Influencers' in Jan 2021.
Kashinath is currently Managing Director, India for MonetaGo, a blockchain technology solutions provider. Previously he was founding Managing Director & CEO at Receivables Exchange of India Limited (RXIL), India's first TReDS platform setup jointly by National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). Kashinath has over 25 years of global experience in the fintech industry, with Wall Street banks such as Citigroup, Credit Suisse and State Street Corporation. Kashinath has completed his Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, School of Foreign Service and ESADE Business School, Spain. He also has an MBA in Finance from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, University of Pune.

BE (Electrical) '94

Jyotika Athavale was elected as a member of the 2021-2023 IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors in Oct 2020.
Jyotika is a Senior Technical Leader and Experienced Principal Engineer in the Internet of Things Group at Intel Corporation. She is a recognized industry expert in Functional Safety and Reliability modeling as well as Dependency Architectures for Safety Critical Autonomous Systems. Jyotika is the lead platform architect for Automotive ADAS and Avionics safety critical platforms in the Autonomous Transportation Infrastructure Group at Intel. A frequent speaker at several IEEE international conferences, Jyotika actively contributes via published papers, invited talks and panel presentations. She actively promotes research programs for universities in collaboration with NASA and CERN. Jyotika holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

BE (Electronics) '90

Rekha Pai-Kamath was conferred with VJTI's Distinguished Alumni Award in Jan 2019.
Rekha is an angel investor and managing director at Kamath Family Foundation. Prior to this, she led New Business Incubation at Juniper Networks. She has 20+ years in various product management, marketing and product development positions at companies such as Symantec, Applied Materials, Sun Microsystems, and Packet Networks (acquired by Cisco). She also serves on the board of Fast Forward, an accelerator for tech non-profits based in San Francisco, and Intelehealth, a tech nonprofit building tech for last mile health. Rekha also serves on the Alumni Council for Techwomen and has been a foreign speaker for the US Department of State to several countries. She is an investor, mentor and advisor to several startups at Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs (SA&E). Rekha holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.