02/09/2011 12:00:00

Caltech Elects Narendra K. Gupta to Board of Trustees

PASADENA, Calif.—Narendra K. Gupta, cofounder and managing director of Nexus Venture Partners, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Gupta, a Caltech alumnus, launched Nexus in 2006. The Menlo Park-based venture capital firm, which has offices in Mumbai, India, invests in innovative companies to serve both the Indian and global markets. Prior to launching Nexus, Gupta was the cofounder, president, and CEO of Integrated Systems Inc., a leading embedded software company that he formed in 1980, took public in 1990, and merged with Wind River Systems in 2000.

He serves on the boards of TIBCO Software, Red Hat Inc., and several privately held companies, and is a trustee of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Gupta holds a bachelor of technology degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, an MS ('70) in aeronautics from Caltech, and a PhD in applied mechanics from Stanford University. As a student, he was awarded the President's Gold Medal from IIT for the best graduating senior of 1969, the Earle C. Anthony Fellowship at Caltech, and the Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council for outstanding contributions to control engineering by a young engineer.

In 2004, Gupta was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Caltech; he is also a distinguished alumnus of IIT, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and a member of Caltech's Information Science and Technology Advisory Council.

Gupta lives in Woodside, CA, with two daughters and his wife, Vinita Gupta, previously the chair, president, and CEO of Digital Link Corp., a telecommunications company.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Caltech. Trustees are elected to five-year terms and may serve consecutive terms. The Board, which is led by Board Chair Kent Kresa and Vice Chairs David L. Lee and Ronald K. Linde, is currently composed of 43 trustees, 11 senior trustees, 25 life trustees, and 1 honorary life trustee.

Written by Kathy Svitil