Frugal innovation is Café Scientifique topic on June 14

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on June 12, 2011

Radhu Basu

The Frugal Innovation Lab exists within the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University. The lab unites students and corporate partners who seek to introduce innovations and technologies into emerging markets. At the June 14 Café Scientifique, Santa Clara Professor Radha Basu will discuss the promise and complexities of developing technologies that successfully improve lives in emerging markets.

Radha served a 20-year tenure as general manager for Hewlett Packard’s international software division. She joined SupportSoft as CEO in July 1999 and is considered a pioneer of the support automation market. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communications from the University of Madras, a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Management program.

She has won numerous awards including Excelsior Leadership, Top 25 Women of the Web, CEO of the Year 2000, Leader of the Millennium, and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Upside Magazine and Economic Times.  She is currently serving as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Simmons School of Management and on the boards of Interplast, MIT Global Climate Change Consortium, Center for Science Technology and Society and C.E.O. Women.

Café Scientifique events are open to all free of charge. No reservations are necessary. Tuesday’s program starts at 6:00 pm and will take place at SRI Menlo Park, Middlefield Road at Ringwood Ave.

Coffee, tea and biscotti will be complimentary, provided by SRI. Courtesy of Kepler’s there will be a drawing for a $30 gift card for books or merchandise at Kepler’s on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

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