Dr. Rajendra Padmanabhan Menon
M.Tech., Chemical Engg., 1989
Dr. Raj Menon is CEO of The Menon Group, Inc. and President of Flat World Design, a promotional marketing company in Texas. He also serves as a Trustee and Board Member of Collin College and was the first person of Indian origin to be elected to public office in Collin County, Texas. Dr. Menon has served on the board of the IIT Bombay Heritage Fund for many years and was also the founding President of the IIT Alumni Association of North Texas, one of the first 'Pan-IIT' alumni organizations in the United States. Raj joined IIT Bombay in 1983 and was a member of the first class of the 5-year Co-operative Integrated M.Tech. program in Chemical Engineering. In his first year at IIT, he was elected as Social Secretary of Hostel 3, and he later went on to become a member of the Hostel Council. He also fondly remembers his participation in the organizing committees for Mood Indigo and TechnoFair as well as the Chemical Engineering Association (ChEA) during his years at IIT Bombay. After IIT, Raj joined The University of Texas at Austin, where he received MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering. He is also a graduate of the Executive MBA program from the McCombs School of Business at UT. Prior to starting his business, Raj worked in corporate America as an engineering consultant and then as a management consultant for several years. Dr. Menon is an active speaker and mentor and is passionate about design, education, technology, arts, innovation, and leadership. As a visionary leader and strategic thinker, Dr. Menon is sought after by many organizations and has served on several boards and community organizations. Some of these include the Plano Independent School District's Diversity Advisory Committee (as Chair), the Plano ISD Academy High School Visioning Committee, the Plano Symphony Orchestra (as President), the Board of Trustees of HCA Medical City Hospital in Plano, the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Housing Foundation, as well as on the Executive Board of the Leadership Plano Program of the Plano Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Council of the Junior League of Collin County, Texas PTA (Life Member) and on the City of Plano's Housing Advisory Committee. In 2007, he received the Distinguished Service Award from IIT Bombay.