Executive in Residence, iLab
In her current role as Executive In Residence at the Integrated Innovation Institute, Shantha co-delivers courses, contributes to curriculum design, and mentors students in their projects and practicums.
Shantha is a senior software engineering leader and entrepreneur, with proven track record of growing and mentoring technical teams and generating ROI for customers across the globe. Retail Solutions Inc., the company she co-founded, is a leader in Retail Analytics in the Consumer Packaged Goods domain. She ran product development for the company and was responsible for scaling the product development team across the world and deliver multiple analytic applications. Prior to Retail Solutions, she has over 20 years of experience focusing on mission-critical systems to support semiconductor and other high value added manufacturing. At Consilium, now part of Applied Materials, she managed development of three generations of Manufacturing Execution Systems. Such software systems are mission critical, highly scalable, and highly available systems, and companies such as Intel and Infineon depend upon them for their manufacturing.
Outside CMU, she mentors startups and provides career advice in Product Management and software development careers. Her book “Roots and Wings – Inspiring stories of Indian Engineering Women” is forthcoming.
Advice for Future Innovators
"Innovation happens on the bedrock of design thinking, system thinking and computational thinking. And, don’t forget the emotional intelligence!"
Areas of Expertise
Software Enterprises, Entrepreneurship, Product Management, Global software development
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Operations Management - Tepper Business School (GSIA), Carnegie Mellon University
- Bachlor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering - College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), Chennai, India