About

A cold freezing February evening in 1992, a bunch of Reccaities from various batches gathered in Staten Island, at the residence of Thomas Kurian (1979-80 batch) and Sheela. This meet formed the great RECCAA USA Chapter. Since then RECCAA USA group grew in members and activities. The activities started spreading across the Tri-State of NY, NJ, PA and got to Ohio, Michigan. After 2000, the participation and activities went across the borders to Canada.
As years went through, now we see – From the Hudson bay to the Golden Gate, the Hills of Seattle to the Golden Beaches of Miami, the great Lakes up North to the Galveston bay down south, we have the presence of the Kattangal boys/gals with the great upbringing from a small town called Chathamangalam, an Institution that we all reverend as REC Calicut and now NIT Calicut. This is our Great Alma mater.
We have members from the initial batches of REC, way back from the late sixties to recent batches of NITC.
When we all meet, there is a new story from the 60’s to the 2016, all the Kattangal tales!!

Thomas Joseph

Thomas Joseph

President

Thomas Joseph (aka Rank Thoma, Tom), 1978 Mechanical. Residing at Emmaus, PA for over three decades with wife Kunjumol, daughter Ashley Thomas Esq. and son Dr. Ashanth Thomas. Focused professional career for alternate and renewable energy programs. Currently leading couple of companies (Bethlehem Hydrogen and BTI Coopermatics) with operations in USA and India. Tom could be reached at 610 762 1706 or at tom@bh2i.com

Mathew Philip Keecheril

Mathew Philip Keecheril

Secretary

(aka Spirit Mathai during college days!!). Mathai as the college knows him, is from the Mech. Batch of 1982. He the current Secretary of NITCAA USA. Based at New Jersey, working with Marsh & McLennan Companies, NY. Spouse: Rajamma (1984 Electronics batch from CET, 1991 batch MS in Ele. from IISc, B’lore), working with AT&T.  Children: Nithin (Undergrad from Stern Business school, NY, MS from Oxford University, UK) Working with Goldman Sacs in London. Sachin – starting his undergrad from Rutgers Engineering School this fall.  Mathai can be reached at 1-732-689-2667 and mkeecheril@gmail.com

Chembil Kumar (KK)

Chembil Kumar (KK)

Joint Secretary

Chembil Kumar (KK) is from the 1982 Mechanical Batch. Currently working with VJ Associates. Lives on Long Island with wife Sharmila Kumar and sons Dhruv Kumar & Sharun Kumar. KK can be reached at 516 395 2651 and ckk1959@gmail.com

Thomas C Kurian

Thomas C Kurian

FOUNDER

Thomas C Kurian, 1979 Mechanical
Professional Engineer in New York City
Thomas is the founder of RECCAA in USA , the pioneer and organizer of every event since 1992.
Wife Sheela is a Licensed Social Worker,
Daughter Tina, graduated and post-graduated from Yale and is an Attorney in Washington DC – Working with Eric Holder. Son Cyril is a Professional Engineer on New York City and daughter Elsa is third year student in Tulane Medical School in New Orleans.

Jose Kurian

Jose Kurian

FOUNDER

Jose Kurian, 1985 Mechanical

Principal Advanced Consultant in Oracle Corp.Jose is the founder of RECCAA in USA and the 1st Secretary of RECCAA USA. Organizing  RECCAA   was the Jose’s first activity after landing in USA on September 16th, 1991 till the first meeting on Feb 1st,1992. And wife Ruby was actively involved on all activities to organize RECCAA chapter in USA.Wife Ruby is a dietitian,Son Mathew is a computer engineer,Daughter Mariam is Third year student in University of Dallas,Texas and Son Martin is a 9th grade student in Dallas, Texas.

Vineet M. Payyappalli

Vineet M. Payyappalli

MENTORING PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR

Vineet M. Payyappalli (aka MP) is from the 2009 Mechanical Engineering batch. He is a Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research at University at Buffalo, New York, currently working with WestRock as a Data Science Intern. He is assisting the NITCAA USA Chapter to manage the mentoring program, NITCAMP. Vineet is interested in collaborative, data/optimization projects for social good. In his free time, Vineet likes to travel and to play/watch soccer.

Vaidyanathan M. Sethuraman

Vaidyanathan M. Sethuraman

MENTORING PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR

Vaidyanathan M. Sethuraman (aka Vaidyan) completed his B.Tech from NIT-Calicut in Chemical Engineering in 2010. Following that, he completed his MSc in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and 2017 respectively. Currently, he is working as a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Minnesota, Twin cities. He is an active participant of the NITC mentoring program (NITCAMP). In his free time, he enjoys playing violin, listening to music, watching movies or reading books.

Sujith Jose

Sujith Jose

Mentoring Program Co-ordinator

Sujith Jose is a 2013 graduate in Electronics and Communication. He then worked as a Software Engineer at Robert Bosch before pursuing MS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Currently, Sujith is an algorithm engineer for autonomous driving at Continental Automotive in Detroit. Sujith believes that a strong alumni network can contribute a lot back to its Alma matter and that’s his motivation to be part of the team. Sujith can be reached at sujithjose5@gmail.com or +1 (424) 535 7491

Anjana Babu Thulasi Bai

Anjana Babu Thulasi Bai

WEB ADMIN

Anjana Babu Thulasi Bai is currently working as a STEM Instructor/Consultant educating kids on elementary Robotics. She is also a freelance web developer and graphic designer from School of Visual Arts New York. She is assisting NITCAA USA Chapter for designing and development of this website. She lives in New Jersey with husband Sajish Ramakrishnan (REC 1997 batch currently working with NTT Data) and daughters Isha & Neha. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Cochin University of Science and Technology. She is passionate in acrylic paintings and painting exhibitions.

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