Gaitonde named 2017 electrical engineering OEA


University Park, Pa. – Girish Gaitonde (’84 M.S. EE), founder and CEO of Xoriant Corporation, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by Penn State’s College of Engineering.

Established in 1966, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the college and recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement. Gaitonde will receive his award, along with 11 other recipients, at a ceremony on April 20 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Fueled by an interest in circuits and electronic devices as a child, Gaitonde has built a successful career in software services after obtaining multiple degrees from top institutions. After earning his Bachelor’s of Technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, Gaitonde came to Penn State to earn his M.S. in electrical engineering. Working as a graduate assistant helped shape his professional career.

“It was my first time ever teaching and I really enjoyed it, but I also found that I learned a lot more by teaching rather than just studying—I really had to know the subject to teach it,” said Gaitonde. “Plus I enjoyed the lab work; using instruments we didn’t have in India at the time. Penn State taught me about analysis, gave me quantitative skills and taught me about business. I feel very fortunate to have studied at Penn State.”

After obtaining his M.S. Gaitonde moved to Oregon and worked for Intel, designing and analyzing circuits. After 7 years with Intel, Gaitonde moved to Chicago and got his MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago.  After working for AT&T in Chicago, he decided to start his own company.

In 1990, Gaitonde founded a software services company focused on technology companies in Silicon Valley called TekEdge. As the company grew, he began offering assistance to incorporate business applications, additional industries and geographies. In 2000, TekEdge changed its name to Xoriant Corporation to signify its entry into a broader range of technology and  outsourcing services, including starting a development center in India. Xoriant continues to grow and expand its footprint across the globe.

Gaitonde credits much of the success he’s had to the fact that his parents and siblings, and later, his wife and children were in his corner.

“They really were a driving force in my career,” he said. “I was so lucky to have their support.”

Gaitonde lives in Saratoga, California with his wife and two sons, where he serves on the boards of various companies and non-profits including the South Asian Heart Association, the India Community Center.


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Rebekka Coakley

Girish Gaitonde

“It was my first time ever teaching and I really enjoyed it, but I also found that I learned a lot more by teaching rather than just studying—I really had to know the subject to teach it."


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