iraj Shah and Steve
who cofounded and
grew Wayfair to
become a major online
retailer of home furnishings,
housewares and home improve-
ment goods, have been named
2018 Entrepreneurs of the Year
by their alma mater.
Shah and Conine, both 1995
graduates of the College of
Engineering, are to be honored
April 19-20 during the school’s
on its Ithaca, New York camps,
the university said.
Shah and Conine co-founded
Wayfair in 2002.
The company has extensive
operations in the U.S. and
Europe and employs more than
Shah and Conine partnered in
several successful ventures
before founding Wayfair, including co-founding Simplify Mobile
and Spinners, an IT services firm
that was sold to global technology consulting firm iXL in 1998.
Shah, who served as CEO of
Simplify Mobile and of Spinners
and as chief operating officer of
iXL, also was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Greylock Partners.
He is on the board of the
Partnership, the Greater Boston
Chamber of Commerce and the
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
The Cornell Entrepreneur of
the Year award is given annually
by Entrepreneurship at Cornell
to Cornellians who exemplify
community service and high ethical standards.
Entrepreneurship at Cornell is
a university-wide program supported by every school and college with a dedicated core of faculty, staff and alumni. With its
broad array of programs and
services, Entrepreneurship at
Cornell is the gateway to everything entrepreneurial at Cornell
INDIA ABROAD February 23, 2018 17 CAMPUS AFFAIRS
By Bhargavi Kulkarni
delegation of UMass
Amherst officials and fac-
ulty on a 12-day trip to
India aims to strengthen existing
relationships and partnerships
that the campus has in India
while exploring new ones.
Led by Chancellor Kumble R.
Subbaswamy, the delegation has
met with several Indian governmental, university and business
leaders, as well as UMass
Amherst alumni and admitted
students, a press release from the
university said. Subbaswamy has
been joined by education professor Sangeeta Kamat, associate
chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer
Enobong (Anna) Branch and
College of Education dean
Kamat presented research on
Feb. 12 on creating diverse and
equitable campuses at an international symposium, Inclusive
Universities: Linking Equity,
Diversity and Excellence for the
21st Century, in New Delhi.
Kamat was the principal investigator on the joint research project between UMass Amherst and
the KSP Women’s Studies Center
at Savitribai Phule Pune
The Inclusive Universities
research, sponsored by the U.S.-India Education Foundation,
emphasizes the importance of
making higher education accessible to all in order to keep up with
the shifting demographics of
India’s college-age population of
16- to 25-year-olds. It notes that
there is more diversity among
caste, class and linguistic back-
ground in student populations in
India today. More than half of
the students are the first in their
family to attend college and are
from poor or low-income fami-
lies, it says.
“Like our peer insti-
tutions, we realize the
critical importance of
fostering a campus cul-
ture that supports the
potential excellence of
every member of our
Subbaswamy said dur-
ing a speech at the
embracing all the people, ideas
and perspectives available to us,
we create a richer and stronger
learning and working environ-
ment. Fostering our differences
truly strengthens our ability to
identify new solutions and
improve every facet of university
Other highlights from the trip
include renewal of a memoran-
dum of agreement
tion; and a demon-
Chandigarh of pro-
developed by UMass
civil and environmental engi-
neering professor David
Reckhow that removes difficult
contaminants in drinking water.
The trip was to conclude with
a dinner and presentation by
Subbaswamy on “Recent
Challenges Facing American
UMass Amherst Officials Commit to Stronger Ties With India
Partnerships reaffirmed during 12-day visit by chancellor, faculty with officials in New Delhi
Cornell University graduates and Wayfair cofounders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine.
UMass Amherst Chancelor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is currently visiting India with
university officials and faculty to strengthen partnerships and build new relationships.
Education professor Sangeeta Kamat, right, is also part of the delegation.