Can India Be a High-Technology Superpower?


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  • Edlyn V. Levine ,
  • Arogyaswami Paulraj ,
  • Trisha Ray

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How well is India postured to become a world leader in high technology, especially information and communications technology? India – like the United States – is engaged in an increasingly intense strategic competition with China, and recognizes that mastery of key technologies is a key dimension of that competition. As it seeks to selectively decouple from and reduce its reliance on China, does it have the wherewithal to develop its own high-technology ecosystem, and emerge as a key technology partner to the U.S.? This webinar will examine the key factors that would posture the country for technology competition, including national policy settings, education and research infrastructure, and international partnerships.


Edlyn V. Levine is the Chief Technologist for the MITRE Accelerator. She is responsible for accelerating technologies in partnership with the private sector and for promoting technologies for the public good. Dr. Levine is a research associate in the Physics Department at Harvard, faculty for executive education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a visiting research scientist at the University of Maryland. Dr. Levine's scientific accomplishments have been recognized by the AFCEA 40 under 40 Award, the NDSEG Fellowship, and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Dr. Levine received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University.

Arogyaswami Paulraj is an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University. He is the inventor of MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output), which is the core technology in all modern wireless systems including 5G, 4G and WiFi. His recognitions include the USPTO - National Inventors Hall of Fame, Marconi Prize, IEEE Alexander G Bell Medal, and National Awards from the Govt. of India and PR China.  He is a member of several national academies including the US National Academy of Engineering and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Paulraj founded three wireless tech companies that were later acquired by Intel, Broadcom, and Hewlett Packard Enterprises.

Trisha Ray
Trisha Ray is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Security, Strategy and Technology at the Observer Research Foundation in India. Her research focuses on geopolitical and security trends in relation to emerging technologies, including AI, 5G and critical minerals. Trisha is a member of UNESCO’s Information Accessibility Working Group, as well as a Pacific Forum Young Leader. Trisha completed her MA in Security Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


Arzan Tarapore is the South Asia research scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he leads the newly-restarted South Asia research initiative. He is also a senior nonresident fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research. His research focuses on Indian military strategy and contemporary Indo-Pacific security issues. Prior to his scholarly career, he served as an analyst in the Australian Defence Department. Arzan holds a PhD in war studies from King’s College London. 


This event is co-sponsored by Center for South Asia