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Participants in the SIAEA Gala Cruise on 23 July 2022. Photo: ITV Gold
Dinner networking cruise on the Hudson River on July 23, 2022 hosted by the Society of Indo-American Engineers & Architects. Photo: ITV Gold

Nearly 300 professionals affiliated with the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA) enjoyed one another’s company in ideal weather conditions on the Hudson River during the 2022 Annual Networking Dinner Cruise on July 23, 2022.

Dignitaries present at the event included Consul (Politics & PIC) of India-NY Vipul Dev; Gordon Tung, vice president of the New York City Board of Education; Deputy Chief Engineer, Port Authority of NY and NJ, Rizwan Baig; Mark Ebrahim, Director of Mentoring at NYCSCA, and Padma Shri recipient Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Founder and Chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media. According to a press release from SIAEA, 280 guests attended the networking cruise.

Vipul Dev, Consul (Political and PIC) of India NY, 3rd from left, with Ketan Shah, President of SIAEA, 4th from left, Nayan Parikh, George Sitaras on the cruise ship on the Hudson River during the SIAEA Networking Dinner Cruise at 23 July, 2022. Photo: ITV Gold

Ketan Shah, President of SIAEA, welcomed the gathering and shared the achievements and highlights of the organization since it was founded in 1981 with just 20 members now numbering more than 1,200.

Ketan Shah, President of SIAEA, welcomes Padma Shri recipient Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Founder and Chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media/ITV Gold, at a networking dinner cruise on the Hudson River, NYC on July 23, 2022. Photo: ITV Gold

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Members include professional engineers and architects of Indian descent, including those of the second and third generation who were born in the United States. Members represent the private and public sectors who have “made tremendous contributions in engineering, architecture, construction management, contracting and construction-related specialty services,” according to a SIAEA press release. The organization has provided a platform for professional development and collaboration.

To date, SIAEA has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to engineering and architecture students; introduction of a technical seminar program to raise the level of vocational training; hosted a series of networking events throughout the year that created opportunities for new professional relationships.

It also did philanthropic work during the height of the COVID pandemic, raising $100,000 to send medical supplies to India to meet the needs of hard-hit areas.

Several special guests spoke during the cruise and commended SIAEA for their contributions.

Neha Shah and Heena Patel present a bouquet of flowers to India’s Political Consul and PIC in New York Vipul Dev during the SIAEA networking dinner cruise on the Hudson River July 23, 2022. Photo: ITV Gold
Members of the SIAEA Executive Committee presented a plaque to India’s Political Consul and PIC Vipul Dev on July 23, 2022 at a networking dinner cruise on the Hudson River, NYC. Photo: ITV Gold

Consul Dev, who is also an Architect by training, congratulated the SIAEA and its members on the vital role they play in building the city and keeping the infrastructure running smoothly and providing a platform for Indian-origin professionals in the field.

New York City School Construction Authority Vice President Gordon Tung speaks at the July 23, 2022 networking dinner cruise hosted by SIAEA on the Hudson River. Watching is President of SIAEA Ketan Shah. Photo: ITV Gold

Gordon Tung, vice president of the New York City School Construction Authority, outlined the opportunities available to “minority and women-owned businesses” and presented ways NYCSCA could provide support in a variety of ways, from mentoring small emerging ones Enterprises to full-on blown general contractors or design A/E firms like Ashnu Int’l.

NYCSCA Mentoring Program Manager Mark Ebrahim, welcomed by Ketan Shah, departed SIAEA organized networking dinner cruise on July 23, 2022 on the Hudson River, NY. Photo: ITV Gold.

Port Authority of NY and NJ Deputy Chief Engineer Rizwan Baig spoke about the billion-dollar budget PANYNJ has available for engineering and construction opportunities, particularly for the renovation and rebuilding of La Guardia and JFK airports.

Port Authority of NY and NJ Deputy Chief Engineer Rizwan Baig speaks with members of the SIAEA Executive Committee to the audience at the networking dinner cruise on the Hudson River, NYC, July 23, 2022 hosted by SIAEA. Photo: ITV Gold

Ebrahim, director of the mentoring program at NYCSCA, enlightened those present on the benefits of the mentoring program as a springboard for growth.

dr Sudhir Parikh stressed the importance of SIAEA to the Indian American community and thanked Shah for the opportunity to attend the networking event.

The cruise ended with dinner and dancing and, according to the organizers, provided the setting for fruitful interactions between members as well as opportunities for networking with key industry and media figures.

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