12 Jan 2021 12:24 IST

NIT alumnus appointed as Chief Information Officer of US Army

Raj Iyer, an electrical engineering graduate, is the first Indian-American to hold the post

NIT, Trichy alumnus Raj Iyer has been appointed as the Chief Information Officer of the US Army — the first Indian-American to hold the post. He had pursued BE in Electrical Engineering from the then Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli, during 1988 to 1992.

According to Iyer's LinkedIn profile, he serves as the first civilian CIO of the US Army responsible for the US Army's IT portfolio through a global workforce of 15,000 IT professionals and providing oversight to the Army's $18 billion annual budget. He leads IT reform and digital transformation through adoption of cloud, AI, and data analytics technologies to enable the US Army to achieve digital overmatch against our adversaries.

A native of Trichy, Iyer moved to the US for higher studies after completing his BE. He has over 25 years of professional experience in both private and government sector, and is now the first civilian to be appointed to the post equivalent to a three-star general in the US army, says a release from the institute. Congratulating Iyer, the Director of NITT, Mini Shaji Thomas, said, “NIT Trichy is very proud of his success. His life will inspire young minds of NIT to pursue their dreams,” while adding that his alma mater is looking forward to welcoming him.