March 2019 \ Diaspora News \ DIASPORA—ANIL AGGARWAL
Navigating his way to the top

Not all who wander, and wonder, are lost. On the wings ...


Born in Punjab, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from the Punjab Engineering College in 1969. He then secured admission at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was awarded a distinction during his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. Dr Aggarwal then enrolled at the Rice University at Houston, Texas, and got his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1974.

The major thrust area of his research was in Global Positioning Systems. Soon after obtaining his doctorate degree, Dr Aggarwal joined Texas Instruments in Dallas Texas and in 1978 moved to Magnavox Electronics Systems Co in Torrance, California. Dr Aggarwal is an active member of the Institute of Navigation and has written numerous technical articles on the subject. Overall, he is a tireless achiever who’s striven towards perfection.


Dr Aggarwal is thankful to his family and says, “my late father, Lala Paras Ram Aggarwal, influenced and transformed me more than any other mentor in my life. His guidance and sacrifice put me on the right path and hugely shaped my character, thinking, and work ethics.”

And he heaps praise on his wife, saying, “one of my life’s greatest accidental achievements was to marry Madhvi, from Ambala, in 1976. She received an MS in Biology and entered in the Microbiology PhD program at the University of Texas campus in Dallas. She is the love of my life and the mother of our two great children—Payal and Sameer. Payal is a Finance Program Manager and Sameer is a Technical West Coast Program Manager with their respective companies involved in US Defense Systems. Madhvi worked toe-to-toe with me at AMCOMP Corporation. She brought the balance to a high energy and fast decision management style. Without her love, care, skills, and presence, my contribution as an entrepreneur to integrate technology, personnel, and financial resources could have been significantly degraded.”

Indeed, the stratospheric levels he’s reached are due to the support systems he’s had at home, and, at the work place. From the book Indian Americans in Greater Los Angeles Area by India Empire Publications