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Rajesh Nair

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Rajesh M. Nair
Born(1961-05-30)30 May 1961
Chirayinkeezhu, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
🏳️ NationalityUnited States of America
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Rajesh M. Nair currently serves as Professor of Practice of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) at Asia School of Business.[1], in collaboration with MIT-Sloan, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rajesh is a product designer, system thinker, inventor, serial entrepreneur, and mentor/coach for young entrepreneurs.His research at MIT and later is on developing methods to catalyze young innovators and entrepreneurs in rural communities from the ground up and to build local entrepreneurship ecosystems[2][3][4]..


Rajesh holds bachelor's degrees in Electronics & Communications Engineering from IISc., and in Physics from Kerala University. He received master's degrees in Engineering and Management, System Design and Management[5] from MIT, Cambridge, MA, in Manufacturing Engineering (UMass, Amherst), and in Electronic Product Design (IISc, Bangalore).


Rajesh is one of the founding faculty of Asia School of Business, started by MIT-Sloan and Bank Negara in Kuala Lumpur in 2015. He also heads the ASB-Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. His past experience and startups specialized in varying fields from consumer products to special sensors for auto and ICT industries, to mission-critical electromechanical assemblies for medical, military and data centers. The last company he co-founded is Degree Controls Inc, with its HQ and factory in Milford, NH United States. He founded TechTop, a nonprofit organization working on promoting innovation among Indian youth since 2006. His current initiative with EnCube Labs, a social enterprise that focuses on creating entrepreneurs by building nurturing I&E ecosystems in rural and underprivileged communities in India, has led to the creation of EnCube FabLab in Gandhinagar for training school children and young adults to be transformative mentors in their communities to accelerate the movement.
Rajesh has over 30 years of experience in design and manufacturing of electronic products and 25 years of startup experience through co-founding three companies; ThinkAMagic (Closed), Cambridge AccuSense (Sold), and Degree Controls (Sold). He holds 13 US patents[6][7][8][9][10][11].
He received Entrepreneur of the Year at New Hampshire High Tech Council (2001)[12]
He has spoken at UN General Assembly in Sept 2018 on his current approach of scalable maker labs that can be started small in poor communities, TEDx BeaconStreet[13], on his experience in ‘Starting Up Entrepreneurs’ and TEDx UTP[14] events on his work on catalyzing entrepreneurs in underserved communities.
He has conducted more than sixty workshops across the globe where he applied this model to develop entrepreneurial attitudes in young minds through his Zero-Maker-Innovator-Entrepreneur model to build mindset, skillset, and self-efficacy.


  1. "Rajesh Nair". Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. "Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Youth and Community Development: Prof. Rajesh Nair Panelist at United Nations". NEMFLASH. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  3. Somers, Meredith (28 June 2018). "How an MIT scholar is creating an 'army of entrepreneurs'". MIT Sloan. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  4. Nagarajan, Saraswathy (17 July 2017). "Forging entrepreneurs in India". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  5. Nair, Rajesh Muraleedharan (2014). "Catalyzing entrepreneurship from the ground up : an experiment in small-town India". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  6. "Intelligent networked fan assisted tiles for adaptive thermal management of thermally sensitive rooms". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  7. "Airflow sensor for filter blockage detection". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  8. "Air flow sensor using measurement of rate of heat loss". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  9. "Pulsed thermistor sensor". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  10. "Self learning diaper wetness detector and toilet trainer". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  11. "Digital, Back EMF, single coil sampling, sensorless commutator system for a D.C. motor". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  12. "EOY Past Winners - New Hampshire Tech Alliance". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  13. "Starting up entrepreneurs Rajesh Nair TEDxBeaconStreet". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  14. "Creating Pre-Entrepreneurs Rajesh Nair TEDxUTP". Retrieved 13 May 2019.

External links[edit]

EnCube Labs - http://www.encubelabs.com/
Degree Controls - http://degreec.com
Our Faculty | Asia School of Business - https://asb.edu.my/faculty-research/our-faculty/asia-school-of-business-resident-faculty/rajesh-nair
Resume - https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ybu2flpgon4dhj/Rajesh%20Nair%20CV%20new.pdf?dl=0
Trustees | TechTop Charitable Trust - http://techtop.in/er-rajesh-m-nair/
Incubating Entrepreneurs: A conversation with Rajesh Nair - https://tatacenter.mit.edu/2015/05/04/incubating-entrepreneurs-a-conversation-with-rajesh-nair/
Network Capital Member and MIT Visiting Scholar Rajesh Nair on Building Tinkering Labs and Inspiring Students - https://networkcapital.co/2017/07/24/network-capital-member-and-mit-visiting-professor-rajesh-nair-on-building-tinkering-labs-and-inspiring-students/
TechTop- 2015 -10th edition of the National Innovation Contest : A Venue for Innovations - https://mbcet.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/techtop-2015-10th-edition-of-the-national-innovation-contest-a-venue-for-innovations/
TechTop-2014 innovation contest from July 25 2014 - https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/TechTop-2014-innovation-contest-from-July-25/article20809239.ece
Creating Pre-Entrepreneurs | Rajesh Nair | TEDxUTP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lHLQ1UTMAc
Rajesh Nair, Founder TechTop, on how Atal Tinkering Labs accelerate the process of a young innovator becoming an entrepreneur - https://twitter.com/aimtoinnovate/status/884729446359367681
TechTop Centre accredited as South India's first Fab Lab - https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/techtop-centre-accredited-as-south-indias-first-fab-lab/article7081719.ece
Forging entrepreneurs in India - https://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/forging-entrepreneurs-in-india/article7434338.ece
Rajesh Nair, SDM '12: Teaching Entrepreneurship in India | MIT SDM - System Design and Management - http://sdm.mit.edu/rajesh-nair-sdm-12-teaching-entrepreneurship-in-india/
Tinkerfest - Initiating tinkering in Young Minds - https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/298326
17 innovations lined up for national contest - https://www.deccanchronicle.com/140724/education/article/17-innovations-lined-national-contest
SASTRA University wins Techtop 2010 - https://www.sastra.edu/index.php/old-news/531-sastra-university-wins-techtop-2010
War of Innovators at Tech Top-2015 Today - http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/2015/jun/25/War-of-Innovators-at-Tech-Top-2015-Today-774204.html
TechTop ’09 sees 45 student projects in race - https://www.ciol.com/techtop-09-student-projects-race/
MIT-IIT Make in India boot camp for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Indian Institute of Technology Delhi - http://www.iitd.ac.in/content/mit-iit-make-india-boot-camp-social-innovation-entrepreneurship-1
NITI Aayog Organizes India's First Ever 'TinkerFest' in Schools as Part of the Atal Innovation Mission - Business World | DailyHunt -https://m.dailyhunt.in/news/india/english/business+world-epaper-bizworld/niti+aayog+organizes+india+s+first+ever+tinkerfest+in+schools+as+part+of+the+atal+innovation+mission-newsid-71228711
Learning from failure better than MBA: Guru - http://www.ucsf.edu.my/learning-failure-better-mba-guru/
Business leader promotes early access to "maker training" - https://builditvietnam.org/news-events/business-leader-promotes-early-access-maker-training
EnCube Labs, MIT to guide Kerala engg colleges in entrepreneurship - https://www.bloncampus.com/b-school-corner/encube-labs-mit-to-guide-kerala-engg-colleges-in-entrepreneurship/article7753140.ece
KERALA TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY Learning Models for Entrepreneurship Development - https://www.ktu.edu.in/data/KTU%20Entrepreneurship%20Models%20v3.pdf
TechTop Centre – South India's first Fab Lab - http://indiaitnews.com/techtop-centre-south-indias-first-fab-lab/
Advisors | Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp - https://gebootcamp.com/advisors.html
ENTREPRENEURS:BORN OR MADE? - https://asb-wordpress-static-content.s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/03101057/ASB-MAGAZINE-ENTREPRENEUR-EDITION-20-FEB-2017-FA2_HIGH-RESOLUTION.compressed.pdf

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