The philanthropist entrepreneur

Published: 18th November 2012 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th November 2012 05:55 PM   |  A+A-


Sreedhar Natarajan is a prominent Canadian-Indian, a prominent executive in the semiconductor industry, a philanthropist, and the Founder and CEO of Emerging Memory Technologies. Born in Hyderabad, Natarajan moved to the United States to pursue his master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Los Angeles. Over a 17-year-old career, he worked at some of the semi conductor industry greats like Texas Instruments, Paradigm Technologies, and MoSys before founding Emerging Memory Technologies in 2004 which was later acquired by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp, a global behemoth. Apart from serving on the boards of many companies like Diablo Technologies and being on the international conference technical committees for important technologies like VLSI, Natarajan is also a promoter of futuristic memory technologies. He served as a distinguished lecturer and is a senior member of IEEE, which is the world’s largest professional association for electrical and electronic engineers. As a recognition of his contribution to the semiconductor industry and to the Ottawa business community, Natarajan has been named as one among the ‘Top 40 under 40’ by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2005. As a charitable person who believes that ‘money is good only if you are willing to share it for the betterment of everything that surrounds you’, Natarajan has given away most of his wealth, the $1 million he gave to the Queensway Carleton Hospital and the $1.5 million to the Carleton University being the most prominent examples.

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