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to teaching and grading methods of America, and our curriculum closely paralleled it." Kaplesh says that after completing the rigorous IIT program, it made sense to continue his education in the U.S. "There was an expectation at IIT to do so. Subsequently, I came to Hoboken to study at Stevens Institute of Technology." When he arrived as a young man, Kaplesh didn't have a long-term vision of becoming an American citizen. "At that early stage, you don't really know what you're getting into," he says. "I simply had the plan that I was coming to a new country to study. Beyond that, I had no idea." He continued his studies at MIT, earning a doctor of science degree. "I received a job offer at Draper Laboratory in Cambridge. The work was great, the people were great, and it was very enjoyable." When his studies concluded, his student visa status came to an end. With employment at Draper, he was able to receive his green card — a permit to work in the U.S. engineer at Draper Labs in Cambridge. He also found time 20 years ago to attend law school and pass the bar exam in Massachusetts, eventually transitioning his career into an intellectual property lawyer and general counsel for Mayflower Communications Company, following retire- ment from Draper. Savinder also recently retired, after working for several decades in the logistics department at TJX Corporation in Framingham. In addition to busy professional lives, the Kumars raised two daugh- ters, who attended Wellesley's public elementary schools and gradu- ated from Dana Hall. Today, the Kumars are members of the India Association of Greater Boston, and Kaplesh is its past president. Cross-Continental Education Back in 1970, Kaplesh came to the U.S. for higher studies, not thinking too far ahead. "I was an undergraduate in engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, which was set up with assistance from nine leading U.S. research universities," he recalls. "Much of our visiting and permanent faculty was from America, including MIT. We were exposed Immigrated from: I N D I A The Kumar Family 78 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 Welcome Home

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