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Only son:
 Dr. Vivek Sarkar 

B.Tech (IIT/Kanpur), M.S. (Wisconsin) & Ph.D. (Stanford)

After ten years with Rice University, Houston TX holding the ED Butcher Chair, in August 2017 Vivek joined the School of Computer Science in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology at Atlanta GA to occupy the Stephen Fleming Chair for Telecommunication, and as an Associate Director for Georgia Tech's Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies (CRNCH) and also a joint faculty position at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  Click here to view the HPC Wire news. 

Additionally, since 2009 he continues as a member of the US Department of Energy's Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC), and on CRA's Board of Directors since 2005.  He is also the Associate Director, Center for Domain-Specific Computing as well as Adjunct Faculty, CSE Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.  Further he is a Visiting Professor, Waseda University, Japan as well as at University of Hyderabad, India.

Prior to joining Rice University, Vivek was with IBM Research for twenty years from 1987 as Senior Manager of Programming Technologies, and was invited to be a member of their prestigious IBM Academy of Technology from 1995. 

Vivek was awarded the Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery - the world's largest educational and scientific computing society) in 2006 for "significant accomplishments and having made a significant impact in the computing field".  ACM has since recognized him as a 2008 ACM Fellow (Click to see the News Report). 





 Dr. Ratna Gupta Sarkar 

B.Tech (IIT/Kanpur), MS in Computer Science, MBA & Ph.D. (all from Stanford University) 

She is now the Johns Hopkins University's Vice Provost for Institutional Research from Jan 2016, after being the Director of Institutional Research at the Rice University at Houston TX from 2011. Initially, she taught in the MBA and EMBA programs from 2007, and was then Associate Dean for Global Initiatives in the School of Engineering at Rice from spring 2008 through fall 2011.  

Prior to Rice, Ratna taught at the Harvard Business School, and was a management and economics consultant at CRA International and at McKinsey & Co. Her research and consulting work has been empirical and data-driven and those experiences have led to her interest in institutional research. Before attending business school to do her MBA, Ratna worked as a software development engineer for the Rolm Corp. in San Jose, California.

Two grand-daughters: 

Here they are - Aparna & Shilpa:

Both 'living it up' in the United States of America


After completing B.S. Engineering from Stanford University in Product Design (proudly following the footsteps of her alumni parents), Shilpa gathered three years work experience with Jump Associates - a hybrid strategy firm in San Francisco focused on growth, and about a year with Axiom Law, before joining Facebook as a Product Manager in Aug 2014.

Her past experience includes: 

  • Student Advisor - Berlin at Bing Overseas Study program by Stanford University (Click to read: "WHAT I DID IN BERLIN" - during the 'Stanford in Berlin campus' stay during the 2009-10 winter quarter
  • Sierra Camp Interviewing Committee: Kid's Group Co-ordinator at Stanford Alumni Association
  • Research Assistant at Rice University, Houston

Besides being the Associate Editor of the newspaper "The WESTWARD" during her Westhill High School days at Stamford CT,  she won the Student Leadership Award from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education in June 2007 for 'exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills among her peers.'

Click to Read a Poem (by then 11 year old Shilpa): about her 2000 India visit.

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Her proficiency and passion in playing violin had won her a place in the Houston Fall Concert from 2008 in the Philharmonia group - after similar earlier participation in the Stamford City orchestra till 2007. During her school days, she was popularly elected as the "School President" by her fellow students at Stamford's premier private school - The King Low Heywood Thomas (KLHT).












She graduated from Pomona College, Claremont CA (near Los Angeles) in May 2014, after her High School at Houston. From March to June 2013 she did a semester at Buenos Aires, as part of her final year at Pomona, and taught English, Maths & Art to children ages 6-12 (in Spanish).  

This was specially to polish her Spanish language!

She had also managed the KSPC 88.7 FM Claremont radio station as Music Director during her College days, besides being a Logic Mentor in weekly sessions in the Philosophy Department.  

She thereafter has started her work-life to teach Mathematics to youngsters at Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn NY from Sep 2014.


You may enjoy watching her LED Hoop practice (as an expert....)



HOWEVER, the family's center of attraction till 2016, and surely the MOST important member was 

 RAJA (even if it is only a stump that he could wag to welcome you)







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Sarkar Family Group Photo
Vivek, Me, Aparna, Shilpa & Ratna - Nov 2010 (Raja missing)

Another Family group photo during Shilpa's Graduation from Westhill High,
Stamford CT in June 2007 - along with favourite 'mausi' Ruchi!






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You may go through ONE OF MY FAMILY PHOTO ALBUMS here.

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2010 Thanksgiving Family Group at Houston

(Ruchi, Shilpa with Sayo, Ranjit, Miho, Aikee with Aparna, Vinodini, Ratna, Me, Raja & Vivek)

 Below ? is the one taken on Nov 22, 2012 at Knoxville TN : 
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                                                         SARKAR & ROY (maternal side) FAMILY TREES