Salil Kulkarni honored with Professional Award in Computer Engineering / Computer Science

Oct. 13, 2017

Salil Kulkarni was presented the Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) for Computer Engineering and Computer Science during the 2017 Speed School Homecoming celebration held October 13 at the Brown Hotel.

The award is based on outstanding career performance in engineering, exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students. exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering; and individual contributions to technical engineering knowledge.

Kulkarni joined Caesars Entertainment in 2016 with nearly three decades of experience as an IT Executive, strategist and practitioner. As CIO/CTO, he managed all sizes of IT organizations from large to small at such places as Havenbrook Homes, Innotrac (now eBay), The John H. Harland Company (now Harland-Clarke) and Equifax. He has also led very large teams taking organizations through significant transformation by modernizing antiquated technology and employing cloud first strategy and utilizing mobile-enabled solutions. 

While at Fifth Third Bank, he led his team to deliver the #1 rated internet banking and electronic bill payment system. Salil has also worked for start-up companies from Silicon Valley and elsewhere and has had the excitement of the ride from startup to public offering.  He also owns and runs a boutique consulting company focused on delivering differentiated technology and business strategy by leveraging innovating methodologies and technologies to deliver results in an unprecedented manner. Salil began his career working for IBM as a software developer and worked for the firm both domestically and internationally.

In addition, Mr. Kulkarni is an investor in technology companies and is a board member and advisors to a number of startup technology companies.

Mr. Kulkarni holds three software patents and graduated from The Speed School of Engineering at The University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago with concentrations in finance, strategy and marketing. He credits his strong technology foundation to Speed School of Engineering’s practical approach to delivering high-end engineering education.