Shraddha Chaplot

Machinegineer at Cisco Systems, Inc.

Shraddha has gone from Greengineer to Machinegineer, and is working on connecting the unconnected through Internet of Everything (IoE) experiments in Cisco's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team. She describes this as her dream job, where her pastimes, passions, and pondering have become her playground at work. Before CSR, Shraddha was Cisco's self-proclaimed Greengineer, where she built and led Cisco's Energy Star Compliance test lab. She began her career at the company as a hardware engineer in the Accessibility team where she tested products, spearheaded a $100,000 Cisco Research Gift for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and brought on Cisco's first two interns who were deaf.

A huge enthusiast of being your authentic self, Shraddha combines her love for engineering, STEAM (STEM + arts), hands–on projects, and wacky ideas to inspire and empower anyone and everyone, and in doing so, enabling them to realize their true potential. She is a member of Cisco’s prestigious Silicon Valley Civic Council, where she is their champion for the STEAM initiative. Cisco was Shraddha's first job after college, and after seven years of taking and making amazing opportunities, she can't think of anywhere else she'd rather be.

Shraddha has been recognized as Silicon Valley Business Journal's (SVBJ) Forty Under 40 (2013), SVBJ's 100 Women of Influence (2014), YWCA's Emerging Leader for Cisco (2014), and profiled in WeAreCisco (2015), Cisco's Amazing Stories (2015), and as a Cisco Innovator (2012). She was featured in Vogue India's March 2015 issue, named one of Verve Magazine's Indian Power Women, is an Elle Geek, and will be speaking at Cisco's Women Rock-IT TV series. Shraddha is currently a board member on RIT/NTID's Foundation Board of Directors.

She believes that innovation is for everyone and that products do not always need to be used in their conventional manner. And most importantly, she believes everything you do should bring out the most basic elements of fun and playfulness.

Shraddha started as an intern at Cisco in Summer 2007 while getting her B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Machine Intelligence from University of California, San Diego. Her mother is a mathematical wizard, her father is a curious engineer, and she is everything she is because of them.


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