Oral History Interview with Nirmala Gnanapragasam
Nirmala (Nimmy) Gnanapragasam obtained her Bachelors Degree with First Class Honors from University of Moratuwa, Srilanka in 1985. She earned her MS (1988) and PhD (1993) from Northwestern University. Dr. Gnanapragasam joined Seattle University as an Assistant Professor in 1993, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998.
Oral History Interview with Syed Rizwan Nasar
Rizwan Nasar is in the marketing communications business and consults with various companies, including Microsoft. He also runs a production house that produces TV commercials, documentaries and short movies. Currently he is working on a new script to produce a movie later this year.
Oral History Interview with Rao V. Remala
Rao Remala was born in T.Kothapelam, a small village in Andhra Pradesh, India. Dad was a village revenue worker and mom was housewife. Mr. Remala has four brother and two sisters. He finished his high school in a neighboring village walking 5 miles each way. He graduated with highest honors from REC Warangal College, India in 1972.
Oral History Interview with Prasanna Manjula Samarawickrama
Prasanna Samarawickrama was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and spent most of his childhood and schooling in the region. While attending high school, Mr. Samarawickrama won a scholarship through the AFS to attend a year of high school in the United States. He spent a year then living and going to school at Roosevelt High School in Oregon.
Oral History Interview with Pramila Jayapal
Pramila Jayapalwas born in Chennai, India and grew up between Indonesia, Singapore, and India. Ms. Jayapal has a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and a B.A. from Georgetown University in English and Economics.
Oral History Interview with Mohammad Zahid Hossain
While during her PhD, Dr. Gaur won the opportunity to come to the United States on a Fulbright fellowship to continue her studies in Charleston, South Carolina and eventually in Seattle, Washington. Throughout her career, she has been on research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen, Germany and has published numerous papers in noted scientific journals.
Oral History Interview with Lakshmi Gaur
Dr. Lakshmi Gaur was born in Jeypore, Orissa. Her family moved to Hyderabad in the mid- 1960’s and she completed much of her early schooling there. She lived with her father and sister, as well as other relatives, including her beloved grandmother who acted as a mother to her and her sister. After finishing her high school education, Dr.
Oral History Interview with Bharti Kirchner
Bharti Kirchner is the author of eight books -- four novels and four cookbooks, and has been publishing since 1992. Bharti has won two Seattle Arts Commission literature grants, and an Artist Trust GAP grant.
Oral History Interview with Akhtar Badshah
A doctoral graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Badshah is the Director of Community Affairs for Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Badshah was the CEO and president of Digital Partners Foundation, a Seattle-area nonprofit organization whose mission is to utilize the digital economy to benefit the poor.
Oral History Interview with Zakir Parpia
Born in India in 1948, Zakir Parpia grew up and went to school in the areas surrounding Bombay. After completing his bachelor's degree in engineering and working in the construction industry in India, Mr. Parpia came to Pullman, Washington to pursue his Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University where he graduted magna cum laude.