One Boeing: Bangalore, India
Nearly a year ago, Bala Bharadvaj moved from Southern California, where he worked for Boeing since 1987, to Bangalore, India. There, he serves as director of the Boeing Research & Technology-India organization, part of Engineering, Operations & Technology, working with academia and research labs in India on new technologies.
"Employees like me-who used to work in the United States and are now living
abroad-really need to uphold the Boeing image. It's a responsibility we share."
"India has been very strong in mathematical sciences and basic science and has a great deal of expertise in metallurgy and materials science," he said. "We are working with experts who have worldwide recognition. We can learn from them, and they from us."
Before moving to Bangalore, Bharadvaj had been there only as a tourist-but the American citizen was born in the Southern Indian city of Cuddalore on the Bay of Bengal. He speaks English, one of India's many languages, as well as Hindi and regional Indian languages such as his native Tamil and Telugu. He can get by in Malayalam, and in Kannada, the language of Bangalore.
"Language in India is a huge enabler in terms of getting accepted," he said. "Having a reasonable familiarity with multiple languages has really helped out." Bharadvaj, who holds a doctorate degree in aeronautical engineering and a master's degree in business administration, said the Boeing name has great brand value in India. "In my role, I meet so many people who want to meet me not because I am of Indian origin but because I represent The Boeing Company. Employees like me-who used to work in the United States and are now living abroad-really need to uphold the Boeing image. It's a responsibility we share."
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