Dr. Roopa Gir.
Roopa Gir is the Chairman of iEducate, a social venture in Houston, Texas that works with school districts to engage college students as co-teachers/ mentors in underserved elementary schools. Since 2011, she has been an advisor to AICAPD, an innovative mobile school in India that provides education to children of migrant workers. Dr. Roopa Gir is also the founder and managing partner of a Houston based start-up ARG Global Technologies. She has worked for over 30 years at Schlumberger in various technical and management positions, including the Director for Technology Watch. She was the first female Scientific Advisor at Schlumberger.
Roopa was awarded the “Performed by Schlumberger award” in 2001 and in 2003 for “Real Time Reservoir Management in the Gulf of Mexico” The Schlumberger chairman Andrew Gould quoted her example as one of the successful women in science and technology at his keynote speech on “Women in Industrial Research—Speeding Up Changes in Europe” in 2003.
Roopa was an invited speaker at the United Nations in New York in 2008 for “UN Focal Point for Women”. Roopa has been actively involved in several community organizations including PANIIT USA and IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH), serving as the president for 3 years. In addition, she is a charter member of TiE Houston and has led the TiE Energy SIG, a new initiative to strengthen entrepreneurship in the energy sector. She currently serves on the boards of UNA, IAPACGH, Samskriti (Society of Indian Performing Arts in Houston), and AICAPD (All India Citizens&’ Alliance for Progress & Development). She has been featured in the “Comcast Newsmakers” and the “Comcast
Business Makers” shows.
Roopa is a Gold Medalist from IIT Roorkee with an M.Tech in Applied Geophysics, and a Ph.D. (Doctorat d’Etat) in Seismology from University Louis Pasteur, France. She is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Roorkee in two categories of “Technology” and “Service”. Through her various initiatives, Roopa hopes to promote opportunities and representation of women and minorities in STEM careers.